We now live in an age where privacy is no longer available. Every internet search is monitored by a cold machine searching for a way to glean profit from the interests of people. Advertisements that appear on your media device is targeting you based on the search terms or sites visited by that particular device. As a result when an article or site gets enough views the system inserts ads and pushes the article or site to the front of the line. The articles placed in first position then get an increase of traffic which is profitable for advertisers. The more controversial or shocking the more likely something is to be viewed. With this system in place it is increasingly easier to attack traditional marriage, push ungodly agenda, spread fear and hate, and to perpetuate lies.
In America there is currently a campaign against our police force. Obviously our police are humans and with that we have a percentage of unhealthy, mean, troubled, and dangerous people in the police force. The real problem is far from just the officers it is a cultural acceptance of disrespect, hate, finger-pointing, and entitlement mentality. Every week and sometimes daily a new video is broadcast showing a brief moment in an escalated situation with few if any real facts disclosed. The feeding frenzy begins within media outlets. News agencies profit from the story as do journalists and bloggers. The cold machine works away displaying the most popular viewed articles regardless of truth and that is what is etched into the minds of the public. Do you wonder how it is that the Church is no longer the voice heard in policy making circles? It is because we have created and serve a god of human design. Truth is obscured by the loud voices of profit, hate, and self-indulgence.
None of the problems in our time is a surprise to God or those who read His word. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 (ESV) But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
To truly serve God is to be obedient to His word. This creates a conundrum for those of us that wish to perpetuate truth. If I preach or write an article that opposes worldly thinking many say I am showing hate. For instance if I write a biblically grounded, logical, rational, peaceful article about why being a transsexual goes against the argument of homosexuality being a natural tendency it would be viewed as gay bashing. If I write about the corruption that is infused in our Unions I risk being perceived as a troublemaker in the workplace. Can you see the contradiction? How can a person love their neighbor and hate at the same time? The question I continually ask is how can I love my neighbor and not speak truth to them?
Most often when I feel threatened my impulse is to stand and fight. I do not have a strong flight instinct. This is great in a crisis situation that requires immediate action but not so much in a disagreement of ideas. My self-enemies, anger, pride, guilt, are ones that have to be conquered on a regular basis lest they triumph over me. The fight is to make my will submit to God’s will and become properly directed passion. Many would like to believe that those of us called to Christian leadership are somehow not allowed to express negative feelings in the form of frustration or anger. We are not bullet proof! Being called to ministry is not a call to be some soft-spoken doormat either. I am, like you, a sinful individual. I have past transgressions that have been forgiven and yet still haunt me in the form of regret. Sometimes my old self gets the upper hand in a moment. When that happens God allows forgiveness for the sin, but there may still be consequences for my actions. This does not make me a mean or hateful person, just not yet perfected in Christ.
To avoid the type of people described in 2 Timothy 3 does not mean unplug from the world and hide in a cave. What it does call for is to be constantly aware of our own standing and do not follow the lead of the ungodly. This post will be circulated around the world on the internet but only seen by a few. The reason being is it does not look to feed hate, greed, or social division. Maybe it can plant a seed in hearts and minds. Maybe the way to fight is not with more hatred but voting with our choices of what is viewed in our media. We can not change the outcome of the end of time but by promoting articles and videos that show how God is working many can see truth in action. At the very least prayerfully consider content before pressing like or share on social media. Consider these words from Philippians 4:8 (ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
We have not yet come to the end but we are living in the last days. I will continue to stand for truth and fight against true inequality. The only way I or anyone else can know what those are is by seeking God and His will. For those few who read these words my prayer is that in them you are encouraged, enlightened, and strengthened. If you are truly seeking the will Of God you are not alone and this is not the end.
Rev. Burt Schwab