“I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse….”

“Jesus Christ is the source—the only source—of meaning in life.
He provides the only satisfactory explanation for why we’re here and
where we’re going.
Because of this good news,
the final heartbeat for the Christian is not the mysterious conclusion to
a meaningless existence.
It is, rather, the grand beginning to a life that will never end….”

James Dobson


(Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather)

A curious thing happened this morning in my little corner of blogland…
(yesterday if you’re reading this on Friday),

I noticed it when I went to hit the publish button to my latest post offering
for the day ….
I noticed that there was a comment waiting in moderation.

It was early and I had just poured my morning cup of coffee when I noticed this
pending piece of business that was asking for my attention.

Now granted I have been known to end up in many purgatories on the blogs
of friends and acquaintances…and even for some who I just comment on as I might
not be a regular contributor or reader…
obviously when the WP gods deem me unworthy…it is to purgatory I go.

And despite being a regular on the sites of friends,
or the fact that my comments are neither foul, nefarious or offensive,
I’m left relegated to the simple fact that I must accept the fact that it is,
at times, just part and parcel of an inconvenience of Word Press.

And yes, it does often bother me that my “friends” and fellow bloggers don’t
necessarily know or won’t realize that I’ve actually visited—
as I’m in some sort of spam bucket of moderation purgatory,
trapped without being able to say “hey, here I am….
way down in the bottom of this empty barrel…..

So as I was pondering moderation purgatory, I had a red exclamation point
staring at me on the admin page,
as well as an email notification, that a person’s comment was awaiting
my “moderation”…it all seemed a bit urgent—

I clicked to see who may have been discarded without just cause….

This is what I read (and it is rather crude):
“Do not comment on ______ site. (I’m not saying whose site I was
to stay away from in order to protect the innocent or in this case, the much maligned)
It is a repository for farters and fundie theology. Go to sites such as Jesus creed,
Roger Olson and Christianity today for real news. Bye Bye”

Naturally I hit the spam and trash buttons as well as trashed the e-mail as I was
none too amused.
And yet perhaps that was the point…to be irksome while I in turn offer
a bit of immortality to this trouble.

Firstly it was a comment both crass and crude and I don’t like crass nor crude.
And it was laced with sarcasm.
I dislike sarcasm.
I’m one who still believes in decorum and manners despite this current culture’s
love of all things angry, mean spirited, rude, crude and downright vile.

Secondly it had the air of an unspoken tone of a threat—
and I don’t like being threatened—because as a 58 year old Christian,
I certainly resent being told what to do, what to see, what to read by some
upstart irksome trouble….
as I think I’ve got that area well figured out by now.

Thirdly this nefarious individual was trying to redirect me from one
Christian blogger’s blog to some other type of Christian blog fodder…for what?
What kind of “Christian” is crass and vile defaming a brother in Christ,
while attempting to steer readers to other supposed Christian sites….

A nut job that’s who…..who I suspect is no sort of Believer whatsoever.

But rather a misguided, sinful lost troll…

All of this was swirling around in these early morning thoughts of mine when suddenly
I had visions of Don Corleone’s raspy voice giving me some sort of ultimatum…
leaving an unspoken ‘or else’ hanging in the air.
As in this dude was telling me to steer clear and steer here instead…
in an oh so crude sort of way with an unspoken notion of something bad happening
if I did not comply….

Really??!!

Now those of you who know me know that I don’t do Facebook, I don’t tweet,
I don’t Pin, I don’t instagram…I dont do much of anything but this blog and email–
I like to keep it simple…
plus as a long time educator, I often saw the darker side
of all things social media—so I consciously choose not to participate….

So with that being said, my blog following is low compared to those who attach
their blogs to say their Facebook, etc…
and thats ok with me as I decided long ago that if God wanted someone to read what
I had to offer, He’d bring them my way…He’s good that way.

It also means on the flip side that our Ancient Adversary equally enjoys
bringing people to places they have no business going or in that
their motives for going are grievously wrong…and in part because the
posts and or blogs do bring glory to God….
and we all know this Adversary despises God and all His Glory….

And so now enters the misguided and mean spirited trolls that seem to
find some sort of sick twisted pleasure from becoming human beggar lice.
You know…those little brown things that stick to your clothing when you’re
out walking in the woods or tall grassy fields….

You can’t brush them off because of the velcro like stickiness that
has them attaching to your pet’s fur or your clothing. You have
to pick them off one by one…

So yes, I disdain a troll.

I believe their activity of “trolling” is a waste of human life.
There is so much that needs doing in and for our world and our
fellow human beings in order to better their lives and our entire
collective lives etc…
that wasting time cruising blogs and the net in order just to be a thorn in
someone’s side is just, as I say, a waste.

And yet here is the rub in all of this…
most of these blogs that these human beggar lice opt to stalk and harass
are witnesses to the Faith…

It is a testimony…and we know from the early followers of Jesus, shortly
following his death and resurrection that witnessing and testimonies were often
a dangerous practice but a much needed practice none the less….

And so those of us who offer the Word of God to those who happen by our blogs—
be they by choice of desire or choice of the nefarious…the message remains the same.
Jesus Christ is the Salvation of all mankind….
Praise God!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Messiah,
for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God.
But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
Rejoice then, you heavens
and those who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
for the devil has come down to you
with great wrath,
because he knows that his time is short!”

Revelation 12″10-12

20 comments on ““I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse….”

  1. Sarah says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Julie. I know it must have been difficult for you given your recent losses so I hope you were granted the grace to celebrate Christ’s birth despite your sorrow.
    Sorry for being AWOL. I’ve been trying to spend as little time on the Internet as I can so that I can concentrate on preparation for and celebration of Christmas. I can’t say I succeeded very well so I will have to be more strict about it next year.

    • remember ours is a life in retail with my husband’s jewelry store—so it was a frenetic pace since just following Thanksgiving at the end of November—with the last two weeks being 7 days a week, 14 to 15 hour days—exhausting… Then our son and his wife came down and he ended up in Urgent Care with strep throat and tonsillitis—sooooo, God has a way of keeping one busy when otherwise one (as in the case of me) could and would possibly dwell on the loss rather than the here and now…..
      but I think I felt it all more keenly once it was all over and it was time to Christmas all down as my aunt was always here this time of year for a couple of weeks and was my “helper”
      But we press on!
      Thank you though Sarah for you dear thoughts—I knew you’d been busy and I do hope you all had a joyous time—-
      Looking forward to seeing some of your latest work!
      hugs to Ireland 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        Well, I certainly haven’t been as busy as you; phew. And now all your trouble at the dentist too. 😱 We have a saying: “it never rains but it pours”. Have you heard that one? I hope you have a chance to relax soon. I bet you’ll enjoy a good stiff drink when your antibiotics are gone. I’ll be thinking of you tonight when we (just myself and hubby) toast the new year in.

      • Yes when it rains it pours— as in cats and dogs! Have heard that? 🙃
        Yep tonight just the two of us we’ll Sarah— we’re boring but that’s how we like it— happy new year Sarah 🍾🥂🎈

      • Sarah says:

        Plenty of rain in Ireland. Cats, dogs, horses, the whole menagerie!
        Happy New Year to you both. Nothing boring about cosy celebrations with a loved one. 🙂 🎆💜

  2. Lynda says:

    There are people who don’t understand the way of the Lord and yet they proclaim themselves to be Christians. The Lord will look after them and if they are open to the leading of the Lord, they will eventually begin to understand. Our responsibility is to be faithful and faith-filled. The rest is up to God. Blessings on your day!

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    I hardly ever am encountered by trolls. They must know I’m a feisty old woman of 75 who might knock their blocks off if they mess with me! On the other hand, they don’t really know me!

  4. hatrack4 says:

    Agreed. The only troll that I have trashed from purgatory was someone who wanted to monetize my site. If he’d actually read it, he’d know that is not why I do it. I have been on Facebook to keep up with family, HS classmates, and a few friends. When my son helped me set up the account, he encouraged me to share on Facebook and Twitter. It’s about all I do on Facebook and the only thing on Twitter.

    As for trolls, there are many people that think their view is the only one. They deserve the trash button, but they need our prayers as well.

  5. Red Letters says:

    So sorry to hear this, Julie. Thank goodness for God’s grace and peace when we are persecuted. All we can do is pray for them!
    Blessings, Hayley 😊💕

  6. Jim Sarco says:

    I will no longer comment here. Sorry to be a bother. My original comment was meant to dissuade you from reading fundamentalist, conservative, cessationist blog articles. Sites such as slimjim promote John MacArthur from which all people should flee.

  7. Oh, Julie… trolls… terrible. I’m so sorry. I hope that you were not discouraged or disheartened in your writing by comments that were inappropriate. Prayers for you going up right now… for peace, for protection and for God’s love and comfort! Love and huge hugs!

    • I checked with the fellow whose blog this guy was bashing….and he told me he was indeed what he perceived as a troll who showed up out of the blue with rather bizarre comments…and this fellow actually wrote back a comment to me, after today’s post, that was somewhat apologetic but in an odd way—as he expressed his desire that I run from evangelical or conservative Christians….
      Well, being an Episcopalian with Catholic roots and leanings who happens to be a conservative Christian—Heinz 57 comes to mind so I think I can make the rounds in my “visits” without odd directions 🙂

  8. SLIMJIM says:

    Good post Julie. Seriously that guy needs help with his childish talk of poop along with his antics of attributing that I hold certain positions that I don’t even hold to, while also committing the fallacy of association that just because in the past I comment on someone’s blog it must mean that I support everybody that the blogger likes and everybody else that those guys also like. I think those who are quick to call others “fundamentalists” ironically often act and behave like the exact caricature of cultural fundamentalists…

  9. Wally Fry says:

    Well, now we know who the blogger was huh? Bro Jim made a great point. I read and comment in many places where I might not fully agree. Heck, I don’t always fully agree here.
    But talking is one way we determine truth. It will simply take you people time to fully understand the depth of my correctness!

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