The age of censoring truth

What is censorship? Well, a quick Google search reveals that it is this:

censorship
/ˈsɛnsəʃɪp/
noun
1.
the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.

Censorship used to be a good thing that protected people from things that weren’t good. I recently  watched a brief documentary about how some people made protests about the filthy lyrics in certain music in the late 80’s and 90’s. This brought about a push for legislation for censoring certain music because children were being exposed to profane lyrics about sex, violence, demonic and other ungodly things. Today censorship is becoming something that is used to silence people who certain individuals in society feel go against their widespread, socially acceptable, ungodly ideologies and dogma.

Being accused of hate, when simply stating the truth, has become the go-to thing many who hate the truth are doing in order to set in motion a chain of events to basically silence you and ruin your life. I’ve actually heard someone call another person’s opinion on a certain topic an act of violence. This person called words an act of violence. Not actual violence but just words that they disagreed with they considered that as an actual act of violence. That is the most hyperbolic and absurd thing I think I have EVER heard. It’s to the point where people are actually faking certain crimes, or in some cases committing certain crimes, totally disregarding the consequences, all in order to promote certain ideas and silence others. It’s wicked, biased and in some instances hypocritical behaviour.

This post is not political. This is not a political blog. I want to talk about how censorship today affects Christians and how I’ve seen some behave when faced with the threat of being silenced or ostracized for speaking the truth. I hope this can be an encouragement to other believers to, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 11:6

The suppression of the truth and persecution of people standing up for what is right is increasing but it’s no surprise really because Jesus forewarned us long ago by saying, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:18-27 

We have started to behave like forgetful hearers and somehow think we won’t face persecution or that we’re an exception. Or we think we’re smarter and that we can somehow just sit silently and escape what is inevitable if we have chosen to live godly in Christ Jesus, remember 2 Timothy 3:12? If Jesus said it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. We see what’s going on today. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God has chosen us out of the world to proclaim His word to others? Why be afraid to speak the truth we were chosen by God to proclaim?

In a generation that uses things like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, even blog sites, and whatever else is out there where people showcase things or moments in their lives, we have become accustomed to having followers or large numbers of social media “friends” and in some cases because of what we see going on in the world in regard to censorship of political opinions or certain religious beliefs, many who are fearful of losing their followers or “friends” or are fearful of having their accounts disabled or put in Facebook jail, end up censoring themselves or even compromising the truth in order to stay in the “in crowd” or relevant. Some people even make money off of these sites and are afraid to lose money so they keep it pc (politically correct) so as to not offend anyone who may complain and try to have their site taken down.

What have we become? A bunch of people pleasers? Cowards afraid to stand up for what is right? Has this “love yourself” ideology seeped so deeply into our brains that we’ve forgotten who our God is and that we are not to be fearful? In Revelations 12:1 it says, “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

These people were not afraid to die that’s how great their faith was. Today we have persons who are afraid to lose followers on social media or have their social media or website accounts shut down by somebody who thinks what you said is hateful. If these inconsequential things are able to be held over our heads in order to bully us as believers into silence now, what will people do when faced with actual threat to their lives or when we actually see another person’s life taken because of standing up for what is right? We have become a people who love men and not the God we sing about loving and boast about loving on T-shirts and bumper stickers with that little fish symbol that has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

We’ve forgotten Paul’s admonishment in Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  

This world’s twisted and wicked ideologies of  gender spectrum, sexual fluidity, a woman’s choice to terminate the life of an unborn child etc, are opinions that are heralded as courageous, brave, good, loving, acceptable but Jesus did not teach us these things. We’re to follow Jesus instructions not this world’s, no matter how much we’re threatened to be silenced. God’s word cannot be silenced. Paul was in prison and still spread the word of God. What’s our excuse today? And don’t think because you don’t say anything on these topics that you’re fine, because many stay silent out of fear of being silenced. There are some legitimate moments to not say anything and there are moments when we need to speak up. We can pray for wisdom to know the difference.

The first time I can remember seeing the word coward in the Bible is in Revelation 12:8 (some translations have the word fear instead of coward) , “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” This is the first instance that I can remember, there may be others but I can’t remember, where we see in scripture that being a coward can cause a person to end up sentenced to the lake of fire. That can be seen as a fearful thing, which it is, and/or that can be seen as encouragement to be bold in the face of opposition to the truth, (bold but not rude and un-Christlike).

Do we really hate sin though? Because when we really hate these evil things we see going on around us it actually makes you feel like speaking up. I can actually say that it actually makes me feel like I just have to say something, I just gotta. I don’t like confrontation, I would even prefer to just text or Whatsapp my thoughts on an issue sometimes instead of a face to face confrontation and it also gives me time to be careful with my wording of things so the situation doesn’t end up being taken the wrong way, but I know very well that there are times when that is just not an option, I have to just calmly and gently present my position in person. If we’re indifferent about sin or don’t hate it at all then that can cause us to not speak against it.

It is written, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:27-28  Instead of fearing God we fear man, this shouldn’t be because “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 and our Lord has told us in Matthew 28:20 that He will be with us always even till the end of the age. So what should we do? What God tells us in the dark we are to speak in the light; what is whispered in the ear we are to proclaim from the housetops and not be afraid. Speak the truth, keep the faith and stand firm. Soon our Lord will return for His bride. God bless you all.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Brenda says:

    Hi Sateigdra,
    how strange that you are talking about censorship, as I have just put up a post about how the carnal mind can censor the Word of God. I do agree that the world has gone crazy regarding freedom of speech. However, God is everyone’s judge and because of my own experiences in the Lord I feel that as we share our experiences with others then they will be drawn to our Lord. His Word can not return void to Him, and He wants all to be saved. Jesus is our Lord and the battle belongs to Him, so it is good to pray for all men everywhere to come to Him. There is a power in prayer, and I have to say that if we have empathy then we have sympathy. I went haywire in my teens, and I have to say that I am glad I did, as I understand how the devil can influence the carnal mind. There is only One winner. Hallelujah! Praise our lovely Lord.

    1. SLR says:

      Hi Brenda,
      You’re right that the world has gone crazy regarding freedom of speech. You’re right that God is everyones judge and God’s word cannot return to Him void.
      Jesus is indeed Lord and the battle does belong to Him. I pray and hope that as the world begins to grow darker we as believers continue to shine the light of Jesus Christ in each place that He has put us to walk in the good works that He has prepared beforehand for us to walk in. May we not be fearful but remember the Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.
      Thanks for dropping by and adding your lovely comment. Praise our lovely Lord indeed. 🙂 ❤

  2. Susan says:

    Recently watched a video about Polycarp, it was so inspiring and made glaringly obvious how lukewarm today’s church is. I pray that theLord will return the boldness of a lion to His church as the time grows darker.

    1. SLR says:

      Hi Susan, I agree. May we all be more bold and discerning in these days.
      Thanks for reading. 🙂 ❤

  3. Wise Hearted says:

    Powerful read and I agree with you. At 72 I can testify that this last couple of years I have witness such a lack of respect for others who think differently than I do. A young child had his teacher tell him to remove his, Make America Great hat, his teacher. I don’t mind her being against Trump but to berate a child over his hat. People are getting beat up for showing their patriotism. You expect that in some countries but in the land of the free. It’s coming sooner then we think the time when God says enough, Son go get our children. I pray god make me brave and filled with discernment on when to be brave and when to step back. You wrote a good post, lots of work went into it. Bless you.

    1. SLR says:

      Hello Betty,
      Thanks for dropping by. I hope that as things grow worse that we as followers of Christ continue to be faithful to Him and trust in His word and promises for those who endure tell the end.
      Paul said it best when he said the word of God is not chained. So even though people may try to censor the truth we know that nothing, whether it be seen or unseen, can destroy God’s word. Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s word, which is truth, endures forever. Praise God. Thanks again for stopping by my blog. God bless you. 🙂

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