I wanted to chat briefly about a few things on my heart for Aetherlight Forum peeps. Many of you already know me as an Admin on CWF (Neo) but wanted to address a few things I've observed here... in hopes it may help in some way.. (takes gulp)
1. Leaving Aetherlight to be closer to God. A) If someone is using that as their reasoning, which of course sounds like a very spiritual reason, I'd encourage you said peep to be or stay active in some spiritually based activity that actually does bring said peep closer to God. My concern, is that some had said this to be the reason, yet external activities convey an appearance that maybe that was not the "real" reason. That being said...
Okay... In scriptural foundational theoretical discourse, epic high-fives, kudos and woots galore for doing what needs to be done to be closer in your walk with God! But... well, to be real and on the "down low" I have seen where some had said this to be there reasoning for leaving, yet they never left, (so was it real or did they find what they're looking for and now back in the saddle?) or... they left but are active or even more active on other online platforms aside from Aetherlight forums that may actually have nothing to do with spirituality! Which sort of begs me to say...
B) The Aetherlight IS a very, VERY good spiritually based and founded place to GET closer to God. In actuality and practicality, and as a dad, licensed minister, professional, been a pastor, youth pastor, yada yada... I must say that the atmosphere and environment of the Aetherlight Forums is among the most safest, spiritually nurturing and inspiring forum for tweens, teens, youth and homeschoolers I've seen in more than a while. (yay, Team Aetherlight!)
2. Double Accounts, Deception and lil' white lies
So, as has been said, some remember when having double accounts were FUN, and exciting! Trying to guess who it is! And yeah, that's pretty awesome. However, (buckle your seatbelt!) if double/triple accounts are relegated for the GAME, and not the Forum, than yeah - Go for it. But if you are doing double accounts for the forums...... well, I hope you can understand that the forums are NOT a recommended place to show off your mad acting skills! Why?.... Because people are trusting you and your forum persona as being who you say you are. As a Christian founded platform the forum is where you are being real, honest, open, truthful and transparent - as a person, not a game character. The forums are not a place to be deceptive or fool people in having a double account that you're sort of hiding behind. That's kind of fun for the game to do your hide-and-seek thing. And yeah, it's fun!
But again, people on forums are people - not characters. They are there to interact... safely... Christ-like... with other people. Real people. So if someone has a double or triple account, and they are not saying it is, or hiding behind it and "pretending" to be someone else - that is not being truthful - and honestly, calling a spade a spade - it's "untruthful." If we break that down to what that really means, I think we can safely say that it's not a Christ-like action. So.... I'm hoping to encourage and nudge peeps to not be "fake" to others. There has been a growing number of people that have actually "trusted" that people were who they said they were - and turns out - they weren't and were a bit taken back or even hurt. While I'm not a fan of overly protecting every emotion out there in disregard of truth, we do need to realize that it is in fact a form of breaking trust, and yeah, that can hurt and rightfully so. Let's turn it around and show others in being a positive influence or inspiration to them.
Closing up here... I'm soooo not trying to be preachy, but I do have to share what's on my heart - whether or not I get a lot of "likes" or not.
Also... one last note, let's be verrrry careful on dropping a huge anvil of judgement on others, esp. so quickly. (think beam and mote in eyes) It's not all fluff and stuff and it's not all frowns and pointy fingers. In fact, the bible is clear that it's both grace... and truth. Law and Spirit. Both. Balanced. So, let's walk in the Spirit and Grace, but not abuse grace into being a dis-grace to justify negative actions. Ok... now it's getting preachy - I'll stop! LOL. Share this with others if you feel to!
Lightscape & Stormy (& Neo & Trinity)
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