When I look at my e-mails I am sure to have some spam. Every time. I didn’t ask for any of it. I don’t care which shampoos can supposedly cause cancer. If these people actually knew me, they’d know I shave my head and that shampoo is just not that important to me.
I didn’t ask to receive spam e-mail for dating Russian women and other things unsuitable for this blog. How in the world did they even get my e-mail. If they knew me, they’d know I was happily married.
I didn’t ask to receive spam e-mails that is going to show me shocking footage of Hillary Clinton screaming at someone. Seriously? Isn’t she old news by now? Who needs that when you can easily be distracted by the President’s tweets or speeches. If they knew me, they’d know that I’m registered non-partisan and find both parties to be seriously lacking, stale, and flawed – and certainly not placing any hope of salvation in either party or any politician. Certainly not the current crop of politicians that claim to be leaders.
I don’t ask for any of these e-mails, yet they show up. And every day when I get them, I unsubscribe from every single one of them. But they keep coming. It never ends.
Often times, life is like spam e-mails. Things just show up that we never asked for. Often these are annoyances, sometimes they are worse. And sometimes they are down right offensive (like the second set of spam I receive – Seriously, how did they get my e-mail and don’t they get the message that I don’t want anything they have to offer?).
Often we are bombarded with what I call spam messages – you could call them spam gospel messages. These are message that tell you that if only believe this, you’ll be great. If you buy our product, then you’ll be in much better shape. If you do this, you’ll make a fortune. Then then there are literal spam gospel messages – messages that are theological based, but are just as baseless as any ad that tries to separate you from your money. These are the Rapture theologies, the Prosperity gospel, and the televangelist “send in your money to receive a reward or healing” – often they call it seed money. Who’s seeds are you planting though?
We get inundated with lots of spam. We don’t ask for it. We don’t even want to hear it or see it. Yet it shows up – in our e-mails, on our TV’s, in the ads we see, on social media, in conversations we overhear in the grocery store, in political campaigns, and in sporting events.
But then we also receive some actual good news too. Sometimes the message of good news gets lost because we are so upset or distracted by the spam. But the good news will never go away. It’s there, just waiting to be celebrated. That’s the role of the church – to share Good News with people. Church, I’m speaking directly to you – people want to hear good news. They welcome it. Let’s stop apologizing for talking about the Good News. The rest of the news is spam frankly. There really is no comparison here. We have the best news in the history of creation. It’s time to proclaim Good News to people.