It has taken the internet by storm, if my TL is any indication. Everyone is doing it. Since most of my Facebook friends and Twitter followers are Adventists, I have enjoyed the different, creative (and not so creative) ways people have taken this challenge. The ice bucket symbolizes unity and solidarity with patients of this debilitating and deadly disease. Nothing more, nothing less. Then I saw this https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=als%20and%20age%20of%20aquarius in several posts on my wall. It supposedly links the ice bucket challenge to a satanic initiation rite that is bringing in the Age of Aquarius. I first thought it was a joke. Soon thereafter I stopped laughing and almost cried. Why would we promulgate such baseless, even hurtful message? Since facts are our friends, I want to ask my amigos that are pushing this conspiracy theory forward the following three things.
1. Why do we want to purposefully look like cooks?
One thing is to do it by accident, another is to make a concerted effort to look kooky, wacky or completely insane. I wish incidents like this would be few and far between. They aren’t. This is an opportunity missed. At least by some. Instead of building bridges and following EGW advice:
“Search heaven and earth, and there is no truth revealed more powerful than that which is made manifest in works of mercy to those who need our sympathy and aid. This is the truth as it is in Jesus. When those who profess the name of Christ shall practice the principles of the golden rule, the same power will attend the gospel as in apostolic times.” (Ellen White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 22) we completely alienate and confirm in the minds of the already skeptical that we are not even worth a look.
2. Why do we repost dung?
I tried to look for a more dignified and spiritual word. Couldn’t find one. The apostle Paul used the same word when referring to something he considered worthless. So this situation qualifies. This story is complete fabrication. Just add satanic ritual and illuminati to pretty much any story and your will get people reposting it thinking they are doing the cause of Christ a favor.
You. Are. Not.
Review your sources. Ask a mature Christian. Think about it twice. Or three times. Once you post it, it’s hard to un-post.
3. Why do we care so little about evangelism?
It isn’t a secret that church we love is experiencing challenges, especially with the younger generation. That’s the reason many of us strive every day to engage unbelievers and share with them our wonderful message. Things like these are distracting at best and help no one come closer to Jesus. I know God can use anything to bring a person to Him, but do you actually believe that a person reading that made-up story will feel inclined to say: “Yes, all I needed was another story about the illuminati/age of Aquarius/satanic ritual to finally turn my life over to Jesus. Thank you anonymous creator of the story!”
One principle of evangelism is this. Jesus is attractive. Jesus changes hearts. Jesus transforms life. Share Jesus. Do me a favor. Please stop being the type of Christian other Christians have to apologize for.