A lot of people are contemplating a change in the social media platforms they use. They are talking of abandoning Facebook, Instagram and others and their reasoning is the censoring of posts that may contain ideas, thoughts, words, that are not considered socially acceptable to some.
I have received a few invitations to join other social media sites and have had to prayfully consider what my response should be.
I have decided to stay where I am – at least for the time being. Do I like censorship? No, I do not. But I am staying put on Facebook for one specific reason, that is, if all who speak the truth of God’s Word leave, there will be no one left to shine a little light where it is needed most.
Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, said that “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.” [Matthew 6:14-15]
I strive to bring the light of God’s Word, not just to those who already have that light, but to those in darkness. I seek to encourage Christians in the midst of troubling times, but I am also seeking those lost souls who are looking for hope and do not know where to find it.
Will I get censored. Probably. I already was blocked from posting something, and I am sure there are those who have either “unfriended me” or at the least, “snoozed” me for 30 days because they do not like what I share. Still, I will hang around Facebook for a while until God tells me I can no longer do any good there.
We not only need to make sure our lamps are lit, but we also need to make sure we have put them where others who need the light can see them.