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NEWS

During your morning Facebook check, you notice a sister’s status update that talks about “why some ‘insert race or nationality here’ folks always…” Looking at her profile, you notice that she has “liked” a political candidate, social justice movement or group that you do not agree with. You are left feeling weird about the sister. Now what?

Does your Facebook, Twitter or other social media platform feed look like a train wreck comprised of celebrity scandal, political trash talking and gossipy bits of information you really didn’t want? Is complete social media abstinence the only cure? Interestingly enough, you do have options.

The Bible teaches that each of us has received a gift with which we are to serve others. Why, then, are the proverbial 20 percent (according to the Pareto Principle) doing all the work? When talents are (kept) hidden, Pareto rears his head.

A recent article mentioned that Germans are leaving churches in droves. Members are not joining other movements but rather “disappearing into indifference.” At the end, it takes little more than “the smallest displeasure” for one to leave. So, how do you know if you are already on this slippery slope?

The United States of America just celebrated July 4th, which marks the day that the Second Continental Congress turned a collection of colonies into a sovereign nation. It is the highlight of the American Revolution and decidedly rejected British authority and rule. Problems between the countries included unfair taxation, unequal enforcement of trade agreements and the policy of the British monarch to make colonists as miserable as possible to affect a return to the fold.

What does this short history lesson have to do with Christian Independence Day? Everything.

You do not have to be churched to know some of the Bible stories. They crop up as wall murals, have entered pop culture and frequently make great anecdotal references in books and magazines. Have you ever wondered what the top five Bible stories are that almost everyone knows?