Is JESUS the next to be Canceled?
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I saw this posted by a pastor on Facebook who oversees hundreds of other pastors;
“CENSORSHIP! The church is next! Better have alternative ways of communication. We never dreamed services would be banned…”
Less than a decade ago, we might have thought such sentiment was equivalent to Chicken Little crying ‘the sky is falling!’…then 2016 happened…then all of 2020 happened..then January/February 2021 happened (or is it 2020 2.0?). What we thought was normal is the new normal and I’m sorry to break it to you, but we are never going to see the old normal again.
The Digital Divide used to represent those who had access and those who did not, but now it is the division of belief systems and the increasing echo chamber-divisiveness it has created….And with it vitriol, hate, fake news, cancel culture, the list goes on as we watch our country and the world section off into pockets of anger and distrust.
Social platforms like Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, or Google/YouTube are not inherently evil. But as they have pulled BILLIONS of followers into their own universes, Tech Companies have become more powerful than governments and since these platforms are run by humans and not by Jesus, they are going to have some issues that are truly devilish.
At the time of this writing, the Australian government proposed legislation to require Facebook to pay news organizations for monetizing the news org’s reporting through free sharing. In a shocking power move, Facebook shut down ALL news on their site in the country, effectively crippling thousands of government and other organization’s social accounts; many that supplied needed info for health and well-being updates.
The Media Barons and Social Emperors of InstaTubeFaceTwitbook have made it abundantly clear that they will decide what content and voices will be allowed. If your church is going to preach the Gospel, it will cause somebody out there to get offended and start throwing out hateful hashtags. Suddenly your church Facebook or YouTube account is suspended with no explanation (they don’t have to…it’s a free service) and all your past recorded services disappear.
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