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