Updated: Jan 25
Recently, Donald Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Also, the Parler app has been removed from Apple and Google app stores, who control apps for virtually all smart phones. In addition, Amazon shut down the Parler site, which was hosted on Amazon servers.
In the wake of these actions, many conservatives are vowing to leave social media sites. I will not be one of those.
I am conservative, both politically and theologically. I oppose the censorship of conservatives by big tech companies and social media platforms. But I do not plan to leave social media.
As Christians, we are supposed to "make disciples of all nations." (Matthew 28:19) To do that, we must engage the culture, not hide from it, even if it means persecution. Leaving the social square was never Christ's plan.
Today, the social square resides in the realm of social media. As Christians, we must seek ways to engage others on social media. That is easier said than done in the Cancel Culture in which we live, but the biblical mandate remains. We will have to be creative. We cannot simply troll and argue with those with whom we disagree. We must reason with folks in a respectful way when possible.
If all of the conservative Christians leave social media, there will be no Christian voice there. Social media would be completely abandoned to those who do not share our values.
Therefore, I do not plan to leave social media. Instead, I plan to remain and use the platforms as much as possible to proclaim the truth.