I have been inundated by Facebook Inbox Messages Titled “Prayer Request”.
Here is the text
The islamist group (ISIS) just took over “Quaragosh”, the biggest Christian city in Iraq. There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded. The people are asking for Prayers to be made on their behalf concerning the ongoing atrocity in their country. Please take one minute to pray for them. Pass the message across to all your contacts so that the prayer chain will not be broken. They asked for this special prayer. Please, ensure you pass across the prayer request to the body of Christ for fervent prayers offered on behalf of the brothers, sisters and children in Iraq. This is an urgent SOS message please. Thank you for your concern. May the Lord bless you and your family and always send help your way. Amen. With love, Joyce Meyer. Forward as received, please
Seriously I must have had 40 of these messages in the last week. Then I started to think, I kind of keep in touch with the political situation in Iraq and I haven’t heard of any significant advancements by IS in the last 6 months. So I did some research. The story mentioned in the prayer request message is just under 2 and half years old. It was posted online by CNN on 9th August 2014.
Here is an excerpt from the CNN story.
Iraq’s largest Christian town has been overrun by the same militant Islamists who have gained a foothold in parts of eastern Syria and western and northern Iraq.
The latest advance by ISIS (or the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has caused thousands of Christians in the city to flee, just as other minority groups targeted by ISIS have done, as well as Shiite Muslims.
The French government confirmed that the Iraqi city of Qaraqosh has fallen into the hands of the militant al Qaeda offshoot.
“France is highly concerned about the latest progress of ISIS in the North of Iraq and by the taking of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian city of Iraq, and the horrible acts of violence that are committed,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.
France called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the threat in Iraq.
Now we certainly need to pray for all of Iraq. And the atrocities in Iraq are horrendous. But it’s not helping by blindly forwarding stories that happened 29 months ago. If you are going to forward messages on mass to people, at least do a little research and make sure you aren’t being scammed and then being used as a lemming in the scam.
Between this message, messages about Facebook not being free from this Saturday, Messages about changes to Facebook’s privacy laws and generic Happy New Years gifs….I just may never open a Facebook Message again.
Anyway, that’s what I think,
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