This morning, Adam Ford, creator of adam4d.com, The Babylon Bee, and the Christian Daily Reporter posted two images from Facebook on Twitter of messages he had received from Facebook regarding the CNN article:
While this was a “mistake” on Facebook’s part, awareness of censorship at large companies like Google/Youtube, Twitter and Facebook is becoming more and more public, and there is some indication that it is targeting those who hold “traditional” values.
Censorship of Christians is coming.
Christians have a lot of values that the world hates. We teach against sexual immorality and perversion while Western culture celebrates casual sex and homosexuality. We teach individual responsibility and freedom while the world teaches that it’s the government or rich people or the patriarchy that’s the problem. We recognize and celebrate the differences between men and women while the world tries to reshape men and women into something they were never meant to be. We stand in the face of Islam and call out its spirit of Antichrist while the world wishes so hard to believe it comes in peace.
Above all, we preach that all men sin by putting themselves in the place of God, and that only through belief in the Lord Jesus Christ will they attain eternal life in the presence of God.
Calling people sinners—calling out their sin—is offensive.
There will come a day when it is illegal to teach your children what is right and what is wrong. In Ontario children can now be removed from their parents if the government disagrees with how they are being raised; this will not stop in Ontario.
How long until the Bible is considered “hate speech” in the West?
The Church will endure.
This is nothing to be afraid of for believers, though. We may fight it with what tools we may—prayer and worship above all else, for this is surely a spiritual battle. There are a myriad tools out there for promoting the good and spreading the gospel, but it will come to a point where we are killed for what we believe.
History shows us well, though, that the martyrdom of believers is not in vain. The apostle Paul described his persecution and suffering in Colossians 1:24, “in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church”. Our suffering is the demonstration of the suffering of Christ to the world; it is a part of our gospel.
The only thing that can be taken away from Christians is the safety of acceptance. We can be pushed out of print, off the radio, off television, off the internet, and out of the public places—but we could (and can) still speak.
So let us be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
We count the cost, and we say Jesus is worthy. He is worth more than the acceptance of our friends and family. He is worth more than a long, comfortable life. He is worth more than the avoidance of pain and torture. He is worth more than preserving our own life.
Don’t be afraid, friends. We are more than conquerors and there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35-39). And so safety—the last thing that can be taken away from us—holds no sway over us.
May we be counted amongst those of whom it was written:
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. (Revelation 12:11).