Goodbye Facebook. Well, it’s long overdue, but the time has come to bid Facebook goodbye. My heart is grieved as I see a fast devolution into the cancel culture and the aggressive attack not only on free speech but also on free thought. This is a very dangerous and slippery slope. We have gained little from the French Revolution except for the efficiency with which to silence our adversaries. However, now we have discovered how effective social beheadings can be in place of the actual guillotine.
I am grieved at the lack of response from the body of Christ in these times when people now more than ever need the comfort of the Prince of Peace. We’ve been deceived to believe that posting on social media and voting is more powerful than prayer. Just look at which activity we spend more of our time.
I am grieved that history and truth are being rewritten by those with the loudest and angriest voices. Fact-checkers and science have “successfully” debunked the Bible to the extent that even the church has followed in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson to cut large portions out of it. Psalm 91 is invalidated. We now see the folly of God’s command to “Fear Not,” because fear is exactly what we need.
I am grieved by the spirit of fear that has gripped the entire world.
Fear the virus. Fear not wearing a facemask. Fear being fined or shamed for not being masked. Fear Antifa. Fear the Donald. Fear being labeled a racist. Fear being called a conspiracy theorist. Fear being identified with the wrong political party. Fear murder hornets. Fear running out of toilet paper. Fear being vaccinated.
Fear Bill Gates. Fear the New World Order. Fear the economy. Fear the Russians and the Chinese. Fear those who aren’t afraid. Fear. Fear. Fear is vital to our survival.
I am grieved that the church has gone out of its way to accommodate fear. It has had no answer to the “pandemic of fear.” Its response has been to encourage social distancing, limit attendance, close down pews, take reservations for service, take attendance, install facial recognition software, cancel children’s services, forbid singing, and apologize profusely for being racist.
Sadly, we are told that these things are being done in obedience to Christ’s commands to love our neighbor as ourselves. That it is irresponsible to live by faith. That it is foolish to disregard the expert’s advice no matter how many times they’ve been wrong. That it is arrogant to believe that by faith Christ makes one righteous because everyone needs to live in guilt and shame.
We’ve made it impossible to love our neighbors as ourselves because our own existence is deplorable. The new mantra is to hate your neighbors just like they hate yourself.
I am grieved at the loss of healthy debate. Anyone holding an opinion different than our own deserves to be silenced. Anyone who says anything disagreeable to the mob should be fired.
I am grieved that the campaign against hatred is fueled by hate.
I am grieved that there are those in the church who see the second amendment as the answer to this struggle. To rise up in arms and take back the freedoms that are being eroded in the name of public health and safety.
To those who are calling for the silencing of every lie, every conspiracy theory, every position of hatred or supremacy, every party or historical figure that represents an outdated paradigm, I issue this word of warning. Beware lest the culture you seek develops an insatiable appetite for blood where you find your own views and highly likely even your very own head on the chopping block.
May God have mercy on us. May we repent from our arrogance that we are good enough to ever need a savior. May we repent of our sin of lust for flesh and blood. May we repent of our selfishness. May we turn from our wicked ways, call on the Lord for mercy, and perhaps He will relent. Perhaps.
May the church rediscover its purpose in the earth and once again be the beacon of hope shining in the darkness that so many long for. May they rise up on their knees and forsake their arms in this battle against good and evil. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through our God. Our weapons can pull down every stronghold in the mind of our generation that would exalt itself against the name of the one true King – Jesus.
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There will come a time when GoodTree’s Facebook page will no longer be updated, but for now, I will no longer be posting on my personal timeline.
May God reveal His everlasting goodness and kindness to you – even if we don’t quite see eye to eye right now!