Manipulators and The Manipulated

Word of the Day:
Manipulate – to cleverly, skillfully or deviously influence and/or control someone.
Word Picture:
A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Biblical Text:
Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:4 ESV)And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. (Matthew 24:4 ESV)
The Message:
In conversations, people will jest. What is inside their heart is what they will say but follow-up with, “O, I was just joking.” Many a true word is spoken in jest.
So it is with an online persona. The manipulation comes when posts denigrate others while craftily painting a Renoir of themselves. Subsequent posts will bring in the “word of God’ and all the unsuspecting people say, “Amen.” The comments follow because the Manipulator has feed the weak what the strong does not find palatable.Sensationalism and emotionalism in the church “sells” just like sex and reality shows sells commercially, in the world. The people are still perishing because their heart is not grasping the true meaning of life. They are still living beneath their privileges while The Manipulator prospers.The offering plate is not passed but that’s not needed. The Manipulator does not need your tithes and offerings. The primary need one as such has is to have their egos stroked. The Manipulator is preying on the vulnerable; those who are hungry and thirsty for attention. There is interaction which gives both sides satisfaction.
God has taken notice:

Ezekiel 34:4
The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.

The Closing:

If “your” Pastor/church is involved in social media, support him or her. Do not take detours where you do not know the route, so to speak. A good Shepherd takes care of their sheep and protects them from wolves in sheep’s clothing. Do not stray very far from “home” even in social media. Be watchful and led by the Spirit not your emotions. What sounds good isn’t always Biblical.

“May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).