Should we respond to religious memes challenging us for a response?

The meme below popped up on the Facebook feed of an old friend. I see these types of memes popping up all the time. So let’s take a look at the answer to the question in the meme.

The answer to this meme may not be what folks are looking for. If you want to understand the question of “God making your dreams come true,” you need to read the stories of Abraham and the Israelites. If your dream is for money and wealth, God isn’t in the business of making that dream come true. The same can be said for beauty, a mansion, a fancy car, etc. It is usually as we learn from the two stories mentioned above that God will give us a dream, and then that we must have trust and faith that He will make (fulfill) the dream. The problem comes when we try to advance the dream’s outcome ahead of God’s plan.

Let’s briefly talk about asking God for wealth. We need only to look at what Jesus asked of his disciples, which was to sell what they had, leave everything behind, and follow Him. Jesus lived richly in faith but was physically poor and in poverty. Beware of memes suggesting that if you say “Amen,” you’ll be rewarded with riches or money. Look at the story of the woman with two coins (Mark 12:41-44). She gave away all the money she had in the world; she gave the most. God probably won’t ask you to give all of your money away, but He does expect you will give to others in greater need than yourself.

Finally, the people that generate these memes (HER SMILE) play on a superstition that if you don’t comment, you have somehow failed God. The reality is that God didn’t generate the meme, and it is not God who is challenging you. These memes generate income for the person who created (HER SMILE) with every click and reply.

May the Peace of Jesus Christ be with you all as you navigate the plethora of memes tempting your response.