Pearls and Pigs or Lamps and Light of the World
This week my blogging has been a journey, no, it’s been way more exciting than that, it’s been a roller coaster ride.
On Sunday I posted the first, most read and shared, post on being a submissive wife called Wives Submit?
On Monday the blog counter rolled over a goal number thanks to many faithful readers. I posted the second post on being a submissive wife called Throw a Fit, Nag, or Submit.
On Tuesday while doing research on a Christian website for the next post on being a submissive wife I manage to contract an internet virus/Trojan/bug/something evil. I managed to get a post up, but it wasn’t on topic.
On Wednesday, I wrote and posted the third post in the submissive wife series called Sometimes a Woman Wears the Pants. It is the second most read and shared, and the most commented on post in the series.
On Thursday I spent hours responding to a the numerous comments and questions I received regarding my recent blog posts. While I don’t feel qualified to meet the needs being brought to me, I turned them over to God the Father and let Him work through me. I am still praying and will continue to pray for several of those individuals who have contacted me. I also wrote and posted the forth post in the series, Radically Submissive Wife.
On Friday I wrote the fifth post in the series which wasn’t about a wife at all, but about Moses’ sister Miriam. Consequence of Not Submitting has not made any of the “top” lists as of yet.
Today, Saturday, I woke up and followed a tweet I had been mentioned in. I assumed it was spam, bad spam at that, and almost closed the window after I saw the headlines that opened in my browser. Something prompted me to see why I had been mentioned in that tweet though. So against my “feelings” I scrolled down the page of filth. Close to the bottom was the title of one of my blog posts, my picture and byline.
Are. You. Kidding. Me.
I thought I was going to be physically ill.
Someone had taken my Bible study and posted it on trash. Garbage. Things that were sickening.
I reined in my emotions and informed my husband as calmly as I could.
Someone linked my post in a terrible place. I’m now attached to sexual sin as if I submitted an article.
Chris actually said something that made the situation a little more stressful. “I was just thinking the other day that you’ve written enough for a book. What’s stopping someone from stealing your words and publishing them as their own? You put all this online for anyone to do anything they want with.”
My heart sunk, but I didn’t want to do anything rash. Just yesterday I had shown him a broken-hearted response I had received from a post I made.
“Someone sent you that after reading your blog?”
God is moving through the words He has inspired me with recently.
I decided to pray hard before making any decisions. Why would someone take my Bible study and post it in a place like that?!?!
A piece of scripture came to mind. Something about not casting your pearls before swine. Is that what I had done? Cast the Word of God out to the world, and it is now being misrepresented by pigs?
This one verse follows verses speaking specifically of hypocritical believers. This scripture was not speaking of non-believers.
Why did this verse pop into my head at this exact moment then? Is it not the Holy Spirit’s leading?
Even satan knows scripture, and he uses his knowledge to attempt to dissuade Christians every day.
Within seconds of taking the situation to God in prayer, a peace came over me. Nothing to fear.
I can be upset that someone posted God’s word and my name and picture in a filthy place, or I can praise God that His word will be read by people who are visiting a place they should never be.
I can choose to stop writing and publishing my Bible studies on my blog and protect God’s word and my character, but that would be like lighting a lamp and putting it under a basket. Not only would it be defeating my purpose, it would put a lot of people in danger of burning down.
After I had received God’s peace, I showed my husband the “paper” I had been published to. He didn’t respond for a while. Later when I mentioned trying to get my link removed he replied, “Someone might see that link who needs to read those words.”
Yeah. That’s kind of what I think too.
I’m not happy that someone published my link, my face, and my name in such a nasty way. I can’t imagine that they actually read my post. The silly man posted my “sermon” in the midst of sexual sin.
If you found my blog by way of something totally inappropriate, please know I did NOT under any circumstance give my permission for my content to be posted in that manner.
However, regardless of how you got here, welcome! Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and settle in to learn about God’s love for you and whomever happens to around you.
God loves you! He made you on purpose for His purpose and it’s no accident you wound up here reading this exact post. That, too, was part of His purpose.