A preacher friend of mine sent me a link to a beautiful Christian music video. When I got done watching it, I noticed a link to this video of Carrie Underwood singing “How Great Thou Art” with Vince Gill.
It was a blessing to watch. I started writing a nice comment about the video. Below it, I glanced at a comment from some bitter poop of a supposed Christian that goes by the screen name of atterolevad.
there has been a contemporary christian music industry since the 60′ with many styles including rock. these brave christian ministers have come up against foolishness condeming them for there style of music even though they walk the talk . meanwhile carrie underwood sings about getting revenge if her man ever cheats, while other country singers talk about honky tonk ba donka donk, one more drinking song, whos bed has your boots been under..ect. christian values….I think not.
I had to say something.
For my Christian brethren who don’t think the same artist can sing Jesus Take the Wheel, Before He Cheats, & How Great Thou Art; get a life. This woman is willing to risk popularity & record sales by being very open about her faith. How many risks have YOU taken to proclaim your faith?
Fortunately, God’s grace protects us, even when we strike out in revenge, or, perish the thought, have a drink. The world has much ugliness in it. I suspect that Carrie was telling a story, not writing an autobiography. Just remember, if you are never in the midst of the world, you can’t reach the world. Carrie Underwood has a greater impact on the world by being a Country musician that sings some Gospel than a Gospel musician that sings some Country.
That wasn’t enough. I was really ticked off at this atterolevad knucklehead so I started doing some research. In 2009, he/she/it put up a page on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/atterolevad) with a video from this group, the Global Information Network (GIN). The video was narrated by some kook with a really bad German accent. For ten minutes, he rambled on about how an exclusive membership in GIN, a “club only for affluent, like-minded people” that could help you to raise $10,000 in one day, eliminate bad credit, get a second passport, learn about UFOs, make huge winnings playing baccarat and betting on horse races, attract cars, lovers, and good health, read minds, predict the future, and be healed from almost every disease. This made me think of a couple of things:
- Clearly, GIN couldn’t heal atterolevad’s inability to use the English language.
- Since when are Christians interested in mind reading, UFOs, and being involved in exclusive clubs that wallow in “filthy lucre.”
- Doesn’t atterolevad have anything better to do than making stupid comments and promoting cult-like MLM schemes?
- How am I allowing myself to get sucked into this insipid discussion?
Then I Googled “atterolevad.” What I saw was a series of incoherent rants that I can only describe as a cacophony of moronic blather. atterolevad is what we in interactive chatting call a “troll.” In fairy tales, trolls are hideous creatures that fear the daylight, hide under bridges, pop up to snatch unsuspecting children from the bridge, and then eat them. In chat, a troll sits and waits for a spot in a discussion to go on a stupid diatribe, rile people up, and then disappear.
I am writing this for a reason. atterolevad is a sad little troll. These trolls tend to suck people, myself included, into their little black pools of putrid ooze. We waste our time trying to reason with them. They don’t listen. Unless you make replies that agree with them 100% they vomit their ignorance upon you and leave you covered in sticky cubes of ochre stupidity. When we engage them, we might as well go to a theater, wait in line, jump out of the line just before we can buy a ticket, return to the end of the line, and repeat this until the theater closes. We will have accomplished the same with either activity.
My advice, just say no to trolls.