Social Media - Why Jump Ship?

by Clara Van Nattan
2021

Editor's Note: This issue about social media and jumping to alternate, sketchy services to make a point over politics happened in 2021, but it is something that Christians need to think about soberly and wisely.  One service some Christians were going to and supporting at that time ended up in the midst of a lot of criminals, filth, and others who were looking for freedom from the law, not freedom of speech to say right things. Please consider my sister-in-law's useful observations on the matter and ask yourself this question: Why am I really on social media in the first place, and should persecution or opposing political views change that objective?

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The world is changing fast. Politics are volatile, people are following one side or the other with passion. I am reminded that God has instructed us as believers to pray for those who are in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-3); we are not called to rebel against them but rather to obey them (Romans 13:1-3; 1 Peter 2:13-17) unless they tell us we must do something that goes against God, and even then our resistance must not follow in the steps of those who are wicked with their violence and bitter anger (look to Jesus for His example when He was here on earth). (1 Peter 3:8-17)

Persecution is coming. We are encouraged and exhorted to endure persecution in the Scriptures. (1 Peter 2:19-24) A lot is happening today to stifle certain people, groups, ways of thinking. Certain forms of political bias are being blocked while others are allowed to carry on. That is something to pray about, but not to get involved in. God has called us to preach the Gospel and to be a shining light in this dark world. If they wish to stop certain people from being able to speak freely, they are of the world and they will be like the world - why should that surprise us?

It bothers me that many Christians are fleeing FB [FaceBook] in pursuit of free speech even when they have never been blocked from speaking for the Lord or doing any of the things He commands. It really disturbs me to see Christians behaving like sheep in the WORLD'S sheepfold rather than in Christ's sheepfold. I think we should be wary of sites where true freedom is allowed - they will also allow vile filth and not do anything whatsoever to block it. It might seem wonderful from a Christian perspective, but it will also seem wonderful to pornographers, pedophiles, Satanists and all other manner of evildoer. Free speech is not equal with purity or godliness - is free speech our pursuit, or godliness and an avenue to share the good news of the Scriptures to the lost?

If you have shared something political and had it removed from FB, so be it - did they stop you speaking about God? I have yet to see that occur - and when it does, it is not a sign that we should stop and go somewhere else - it is a sign that persecution has arrived and we should stand firm, whatever the cost - for the sake of the Gospel and the souls who need to hear the truth, and for the Glory of God!

I am reminded that believers ought to shine their light in the darkness - as FB and other platforms become darker and darker, the light is needed in those places... Don't shut it out or hide it under a bushel! Yes, we may pay the price, but better to pay the price and receive the reward of God than to feel safe, be able to post our favourite political statements, and do nothing good or of any true consequence for God.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:11-16)


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Editor's Note: Yes! I was thinking, Why are we on Facebook or Twitter or any social media anyway? If it’s firstly to edify, encourage, and bless Christians and to give a gospel witness, then why flee? If it is only to hear or to tell a new thing then we probably shouldn’t be on any social media to begin with.

1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all your things be done with charity.

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