The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      In case you may have tuned in late, there is a new breed (or, maybe not so new breed) of fool that is sweeping social media.  No, I’m not referring to those who get their kicks from following what is posted along the funky electronic frontier.  Whom I am pointing at in my writings for the month are the new fools—otherwise known as ‘Social Media Influencers’.

      Sadly, Social Media Influencers (SMIs) think it cool to act a fool—and are shocked that they are paying such a heavy price for their ignorance.  The Scriptures hold that: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God (Psalms 14:1, 53:1 KJV)". Further, in the Book of Proverbs (which is dedicated in providing wisdom for individuals to live life with skill and godly understanding), the subjects of fools and foolishness is hit upon and addressed some 49 times.  Now, I would think that a subject of this size and scope where God has put a big finger upon His Word would attract SMI attention BEFORE they start to click on their keys and shoot their videos.

      Not in the least.  Social Media Influencers think themselves to be of the ‘smart’ crowd.


      Until they wind up dead because of their foolishness—which has happened to a number of them over the past few years.  Check online or in your local newspaper.  A wide variety of Social Media Influencers—many of them twenty or thirtysomethings—have paid the ‘slab tab’ because of their foolishness and have ‘moved on’ off this mortal coil into the bowel of Hell in far too many cases.  Why?  Because they didn’t think that ‘fat meat was greasy’.  In other words, they didn’t think that much of God in the first place, mocked Him, and paid a heavy price.

      Then, there are the SMIs that are still alive—but in a lot of hot water.  In my neck of the woods, once Social Media Influencer got a visit from the police because they ‘allegedly’ were touting (online) the locations of certain ‘street parades’.  You know—those institutions where young thugs and associated idiots shut down a street to hold their ‘Wild West’ type parties and road shows which damage street and parking lot surfaces, and virtually hold neighborhood residents hostage—until the cops show up to shut the unauthorized party down.  In another part of the country, a SMI was arrested for ‘bragging’ and ‘live streaming’ young thugs and associated idiots involved in looting stores and shops.  The cops got her, and she had to ‘bond out’.  Yes, she too mocked God.  According to published reports, even her grandmother was ashamed of her!

      It is quite sad to see Black youth involved in such a leap from good sense.  They may be leaping into more than they bargained for—into a place that is hot—and is forever.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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