Silent Night, Censored Night

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Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

It’s the Christmas season and you know what that means. . .censorship of Christians. If you don’t believe it, check out pretty much any social media platform to see how the algorithms are set. Those religious posts are w-a-y down on the list, far under those in-your-face fact-checking blips about Biden being the winner of the election. 

Priorities. 

Check out the holiday backgrounds on Facebook. I challenge you to find even one that’s Christ-themed. You’ll find snow-capped mountain peaks, ski lifts, even a cable-knitted sweater theme. But you won’t find Jesus. He’s not allowed. With over half of the country claiming to be Christian, (and with the Christmas season well underway) you would think they would add at least one picture of the baby in the manger during the holiday season. But. . .no. 

Christianity bad. Secularism good. 

The Big Tech companies are doing what they can to neutralize the messages that they find questionable, and let’s face it, Jesus has always been questionable. There are passages in the Bible that fly in the face of secularism, after all. Christians are pretty passionate about the Bible’s pro-life message, for example. But this message is now seen as anti-choice/anti-woman, so Big Tech isn’t happy with posts opposing abortion. (In a sense, the Bible itself is now seen as dangerous to those who control these platforms since it stands in opposition to progressive notions like deliberately taking the life of a child.) 

Big Tech CEOs hope to eventually wear believers down, especially those who also happen to be political conservatives. Their posts are currently buried so deep in the newsfeed it’ll take a coroner to find them. 

So, what’s a believer to do when faced with such scrutiny? Many Christians (and conservatives) have simply stopped posting about their personal beliefs—spiritual or political (though the two are intrinsically linked to most people of faith). It’s just easier not to stir the waters. 

It hasn’t always been this way. Think about the very first Christmas. Mary had just given birth in a stable in Bethlehem and an angelic host got so excited about the news that they appeared to a bunch of shepherds in a field to share what they knew. They didn’t come in quietly, either. Check it out:

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:13-14 KJV

These weren’t silent angels and this definitely wasn’t a censored night. They were a vocal crew—a choir, if you will—and they couldn’t wait to proclaim the news. Loudly. To all who would listen.  

And this is exactly how (and why) Christians are now censored (and/or buried) on social media. When these platforms first kicked off, everyone shared freely, especially Christians. Like the angels, they feel compelled to spread the good news that the long-awaited King had come.  Hey, if you had good news wouldn’t you want to share it? 

(This might be a good time to remind the naysayers that freedom of religion and freedom of speech are both inalienable rights that all Americans are supposed to have.)  

But there’s something about the Jesus-message that makes Big Tech uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable. If the over-arching goal of the Internet is to secularize society and move us toward an anti-Christian, pro-globalist agenda, then they’re happy to lend a hand in hiding our message. 

Here’s the good news this Christmas season: there will always be those who speak out, even when it makes people uncomfortable. That’s the mandate of Christ, after all, to “go into all the world and preach the gospel.” The Internet is the ideal place to do that. And believers who feel passionately will keep trying, no matter how difficult social media platforms make it. 

It’s our privilege as believers. 

It’s our right as Americans. 

So. . .Merry Christmas, all! May God richly bless you and yours this Christmas season. – Annie

 

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