The Chain Letter

Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer.

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The dreaded chain letter.  We all get them and we all know what they are. The oldest known example of chain letters comes from 1935—the “Prosperity Club” or “Send-a-Dime” letters. The recipients were to tape a dime to a dozen letters, including the sender of the original, and mail them. They would then supposedly receive a windfall of dimes in the mail as others followed suit.
The power behind chain letters is a superstitious fear that, if the chain is broken or the recipient does not obey its demands, something bad will happen. This superstition also promises supernatural blessing for obeying its instructions, as though God were selling cheap lottery tickets by mail or social media. Superstition is a form of witchcraft, as it attributes to inanimate objects or to the “Universe” a power and respect that belong to God alone (Micah 3:7; 5:12; Deuteronomy 18:10). Superstitious chain letters prey on the spiritually immature and uneducated. They also propagate a false view of God and His real blessings.
Today I received a chain letter that was darker than normal.  It started with “you are the most beautiful girl I know” then proceeded to tell me that “tomorrow two boys will say can I have you number.” Of course the next sentence told me that I needed to send this message to 15 other nice girls.  THEN CAME THE WHAT IF YOU DON’T send it threat, “I would have bad luck for a whole year.”  Now I thought it would be over after the threat, however it got worse.  Not only would I have bad luck for a year but the letter went on to say that if I broke the chain “I would see a little dead girl in my room tonight.”  What?!?!  I promise it said I would see a dead girl in my room.
Who in the world creates these chain letters?!?!?  And why do they write them?!?!?!  I guess I can understand “the attach a dime to a letter and mail it to me” letters but a dead girl in my room?  Come on people.  The worst part to me was that this letter was obviously going around to young girls.  I want you to know that the only thing we should really focus on are the promises of God, not some creepy chain letter threats.  God’s word is full of promises and they all come with obedience of what He ask us to do.  I promise he is not going to send you a chain letter as an action item.
Don’t worry about or participate in these crazy superstitious letters that come your way and for goodness sake, don’t forward them.  Talk to your kids about them and Christians stop sending them for goodness sake.  The next time you get one hit the delete button as soon as you see it and don’t dare forward it.

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