This past year has been an eye-opening journey for me to say the least. And as much as I’d love to stay connected, I must refocus my efforts in the not-too-distant future. So regrettably, I will be deleting my Facebook account soon. Unless someone from The EVM administration does me the honor and reports me to Facebook authorities, in which case, I will be gone sooner than expected. So before that happens, I wanted to dedicate this article to relay a few bits of information.
First and foremost. Thank you.
I’ve greatly appreciated all the SHARES and TAGS, all the LIKES and to a large extent, I’ve also appreciated all THE DISAGREEMENTS we’ve shared throughout my time on social media. Communication is vital and I acknowledge all your efforts. I thank you.
I’ve learned many lessons throughout my life and one of them is this: Everybody believes they’re the “good guy”. Every religion believes they’re the true religion. Everybody thinks his or her God is the true God. Everybody thinks what they’re doing is right. If you’re One With EVM, you believe your efforts are justified. If you’re a “Defender” or One With God And Christ, you believe in your efforts as well. The One With EVM side believes that the “Defenders” pose an existential threat to their cause and vice versa. Each side believes that they are the “smart one”, and the other side may just be brainwashed or uninformed.
For worse or for better, I have decided to live my life under Christian Principles.
I’m on the side where I feel God’s words are being delivered in its intended context. I’m on the side where I feel God’s mercy and His love. But I do believe there are channels and actions we can take to come together and find common ground.
Our leaders in the not too distant past and present seem to have split our loyalties in a way that I suspect is somewhat dangerous. “I’m One With FYM”, “I’m One With EGM” and I’m sure you’re familiar with the remainder. Indeed we need leaders in this world to guide us. As much as I respect the leaders of our past generations, they were not Christ. And it’s not my intention to kick a man when he’s dead and buried. But, if their teachings and actions are inconsistent with that of Christ and The Apostles, well, I can only speak for myself but I believe my actions already speak for me.
Now. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on. I believe you will find the actions enumerated below useful to help determine how to best move forward with the cause, whatever your cause may be, whichever side you’re fighting for or against.
What do we do? What are the potential solutions? What actions must be taken in order to accomplish the promise of Eternal Life in the era of the Modern Day Christian Experience?
- Stay Informed.
Read The New Testament for yourself. Read the bible for yourself. There are dozens of free versions online and here’s one:
Actually, there are over a dozen different biblical versions provided in the link above. And if you’re not computer savvy, I’m sure you’re 5-year-old nephew can be of assistance.
You need to stay close to Christ and determine for yourself if His Administration was an administration of “expulsions” or an administration of mercy and love. Although it was an administration comprised of both, I believe the latter to supersede the former.
Although LOVE is a very powerful emotion, FEAR can be just as powerful. I asked myself one question throughout this year long process:
Is my LOVE for the Gospel Of Christ stronger than my FEAR of expulsion under The EVM Administration?
I believe my actions indicate that my LOVE prevailed over my fears.
Please permit me to ask a generalized question.
Is your LOVE stronger than your FEARS?
When the day comes and you realize that your LOVE has conquered your fears, follow your heart. Pray. Though the way may be steep at times, your love will be clear. Follow the efforts of your heart and keep going.
- Listen And Empathize With Your Enemies.
This one is tough. And you may have to take more than one deep breath to be successful. But, if you talk to your enemies and hear them out, if you’re brave enough and love them enough to listen to their stories, more often than not, you will realize you may have made some of the same choices given the circumstances, given the details. You may have even underperformed if you lived their life instead of yours.
- Be Humble And Stay Classy.
This is another tough one. It’s harder for some, easier for others. Now, it’s perfectly normal for any human being to resort to name-calling and even using profanity in extreme cases and I’m guilty of both in my private life. Brand me a hypocrite or charlatan if you must, but, I’m begging you my dear brethren… Be humble and stay classy. Especially on social media when the eyes of the world are upon us. Even if you’re under a pseudonym, I am kneeling on my hands and knees begging you: Be humble and stay classy. Please avoid specific words like “Minions” and “OWE’s”, although technically O.W.E. is an abbreviation for “One With EVM”, so I hope no one condemns us for exercising brevity. I leave it to you to use your best judgment.
The only way to disarm your enemy is to listen to them. The proper way to listen to them is with love and empathy. So, stay humble. Stay classy. Empathize with your enemy.
- Avoid The Trap Of Being Self-Righteous. Avoid Giving Birth To Monsters.
The moment you demonize someone to such a great extent, they become subhuman. There are monsters out there, but it’s important to distinguish a monster from just another flawed human being.
I don’t enjoy being the bearer of bad news, but, this may be my only chance, so here goes. EVIL exists in all of us. Christ referred to Apostle Peter as Satan (Matt. 16:23), and if the devil himself was in Apostle Peter, take a wild guess where Satan also lies.
But, don’t be too hard on yourself. While Christ was getting arrested, Apostle Peter denied knowing him on three separate occasions (Luke 22:54-62). If that isn’t a betrayal of trust, I don’t know what is. And yet, Peter was still among the Twelve that we don’t remember as Judas.
The only way we combat the evil in us is to replace it with actions of love. I leave it to you to decide the specific actions of love needed to take action.
I know this is lengthy, but it’s almost over. I promise.
This one’s important. It’s the most important.
- Ignore Any Advice That’s Inconsistent With The Teachings Of Christ.
If after reading the bible for yourself, you discover something I’ve suggested will cause you to commit actions against the teachings of Christ and the will of God… Run. Run away and turn your back from me. I am meaningless in comparison to the Head Of The Body. Christ is the ultimate guide. Follow him. Follow the Apostles. You’ll be in good hands and will please God above all else.
I know our relationship seems like it’s only just begun and I’d hate to say goodbye so soon. So I won’t. Because… I’ll see you around. Please don’t say, “As soon as he was here, he left us.” because I haven’t. I’m still here. I’m still fighting. And, “I’ll see you around.”
I promise I won’t get too sentimental. How can I be sentimental to so many I have never even met? I will say this. Even though I’ve never met you, even though I’ve never shook your hand or shared a tear or a smile with you, even though we may never meet throughout my lifetime or yours, I pray to God that I’ve proven to you in some small way that I do care about you. I pray to Christ that by defending his gospel, I hope to have somehow someway proven to you, one thing… that I do love you.
And with that, I pray to God to keep you safe at all times and heal you.
My brothers. My sisters. Godspeed and God bless.