“Your friend wants to add you on MeWe!”

WordPress was the only social media I was allowed to have before I turned 18. I joined both Facebook + Instagram soon after turning 18, and Snapchat about a year later. Thankfully, WordPress doesn’t really count as toxic social media in my book. The people I’ve chosen to follow on here I follow for their content, which means I don’t see what I don’t want to see! Anyway, disclaimer over. Enjoy 🙂

I’m not on social media for the political content. I’ll always laugh at the memes, but it’s not my focus.
I value the people that God has put in my life regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum.
I value my relationships more than I value my ever-maturing political beliefs.

If I was on social media to share political information, I would be upset that what I believe is the truth is being taken down in favor of what I believe is misinformation meant to manipulate me + those I love. However, if I let my distrust of the Powerful (those with money who know how to use it worry me more than those with a title in our nominal government) affect my actions, then I wouldn’t be on Any social media in the first place!

I might mute you on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat if you post more about politics than about your family or faith, which can and should be an indicator that your politics IS your religion, and you and God need to have a chat about priorities.
But I mute you not because I can’t handle the viewpoint from which you post, but because too much political information takes my faith away from God and puts it in humans who can buy + be bought.

Christians need to be aware of what is going on in their respective cultures, but that applies to Every country.
How do you think Christians in a monarchy follow God? Do they serve their communities through grassroots fights for justice + peace, or do they plot to overthrow the king? (Bonheffer’s attempt on Hitler’s life will always be something I wrestle with).

We can’t idolize even the good (or less bad) leaders. For every Godly principle they uphold well publicly (think Trump’s stand for unborn life), it’s almost guaranteed that they’re breaking another in a significant way (think his public apathy in speeches towards minorities suffering, which was one of Christ’s main ministries!).

We need to rejoice in the Lord’s provision, and that includes thanking him for the fleas (if you’re familiar with the story of the Ten Boom sisters in a Nazi concentration camp) even before you know why God gave them to you.

I’m registered Libertarian, but I still mentally assign myself as Republican (or at least right-wing) when I say that We lost Congress this election. That worries me.
A) I’m worried that I still identify with a party I’m not willing to stand with in hard times and don’t agree with enough to truly identify with more than generationally (my family has always been conservative)
B) I’m worried that the balance of power is still upset, and that that will lead to more abuses of power, differing from the past 4 years merely in which side it benefits.

I’m sick of Christians neglecting to remember that we should all hold our positions that we think will truly help people the best and that will show them the heart of God towards them.
Those who think a welfare state is desirable (and I respect many who do) think so because they’ve seen studies + communities that support its effectiveness, and that God calls us to give up our Rights in order to provide for those who can’t, for whatever reason, provide for themselves.
Those who think we need to shrink the welfare state and let individuals keep the money they’ve earned so that they can support each other without a governmental middleman (thus fulfilling more holistically Jesus’ heart of serving each other + the least among you) think this is a good solution because they’ve seen studies + communities that support it!

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. There is an incredible amount of nuance that is needed when dealing with a country as large + diverse as ours is, economically + socially + politically + culturally + religiously.

Pilgrim, don’t demonize or moronize those who disagree with you. I was stuck in that trap for too long, and it kept me abrasive + unwilling to hear out those who might have information that could change my mind on the efficacy of the solutions I hold to.

The one solution that will never be proven wrong is the Gospel, which is the power of God to restore + reconcile + heal + break chains of oppression.
(If I’ve learned anything at Covenant so far as a Community Development + Economics major, it’s that!)

-Squid

10 Replies to ““Your friend wants to add you on MeWe!””

    1. The state of things is most definitely disheartening, for MANY reasons. I keep singing Storehouse by the Gray Havens, “I’ll go, to the storehouse I’ll go. To the storehouse of mercy I’ll go.” He is our refuge and shield, in very practical ways 🙂
      Isn’t the meme GREAT?! 🤩

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  1. You have written truth but I have reached the turning point with the censuring or free speech and “a second impeachment” without trial or witness or the right of the victim to speak. Of course, there is nothing I can do about it. We who support are painted with the same brush. Sorry, Squid. I need a bit of time for “adjusting” to a different America. Kavanaugh at least had the President to stand behind him. Will this modern lynching bring any justice to BLM? Or are we in a mode of “it worked this time, let’s do it again.” Watch how fast the machine turns to another influential Conservative.

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    1. It’s a dangerous and disheartening time for those who believe differently than the establishment. However, I’m learning that mainstream fanaticism is just as theologically idolatrous as the rebellion’s fanaticism. To idolize Trump is just as dangerous as idolizing Critical Race Theory.
      I hate not being able to express my beliefs in the public square without being mocked or silenced/censored, but America is not my home. It’s where I’m planted right now, and I want to serve God well by serving my neighbor here through individual efforts and through policies that affect us all, but possibly my neighbor more.
      I wish with all my heart that ourelected representatives had a desire to adhere to the Constitutional limits on their power, but they’ve been bought by those who do not desire the best for us. It’s a spiritual illustration, honestly. I’m willing to watch the rich and powerful ignore our needs while I serve where I’m planted, to honor God and bring hope to those around me. They can’t censor that 🙂

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  2. Thank you for courageously expressing your deep thoughts and convictions with both transparency and vulnerability. Your wisdom and insight precedes your years. (Parents definitely deserve some cred here!) We can only hope for even more journalism in your future, post CC.

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    1. Mr. Dennis!! 💛😭💛 thank you for your sweet words!! I want to continue to write, the more I learn… I’ve found that the times that I neglect to write are the times I’m not truly considering well. May God continue to give me wisdom + keep me from apathy 🙂

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  3. Beautifully written heart-warming So much truth
    I will not be a “Good German” And watch what’s happening around me without doing anything
    God is certainly in control of all that’s going on and I give him all the power and the glory. He’s also empowered us to keep our nation a nation that serves Him.

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    1. Yes ma’am! He’s given us wisdom for our days AND a political system that at least Says that we have power. We would be poor stewards if we neglected to use that power to serve those most at risk and fight — in ways that honor Him — for what His heart cares about, like justice + peace.

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  4. Wow, I haven’t been on this blog for a while! College started in the Fall of 2018 and I just fell off my WordPress patterns. I’m glad to see that you’re still bloggin’, Squid. 🙂

    Good thoughts on dealing with the political on social media. Like you, my only social media pre-18 was WordPress. When I was moving from high school to college I started on LinkedIn to build a professional network, and in October 2020 I joined Twitter to find a writing community, but that’s about it. Twitter is INCREDIBLY political and, while I do read the posts from both conservatives and liberals (no matter how frustrating and full of logical fallacies the claims may be), I rarely contribute. For one, I don’t hold myself up as any expert on political matters, so I, though having opinions, don’t want to insert myself in an already-existent discussion for which I likely don’t have all the information or understanding of the perspectives. (Like you said, people have reasons, often based on legitimate research, for supporting this or that policy.) For another, I consider online political discussions largely inefficient, with both sides digging themselves deeper into whatever hole they’ve chosen. Lastly, I don’t want my online persona to be one defined by my politics, which have changed over the past few years and will likely continue to change.

    To your point about identifying more closely with politics than faith, you might like this chapter from The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis (the last paragraph especially): https://www.thespiritlife.net/81-warfare/warfare-publications/1882-chapter-7-the-screwtape-letters-cs-lewis

    “Don’t demonize or moronize those who disagree with you” should be plastered on billboards across this country. I read this controversial post once that said (and I paraphrase), “If someone claims that women are morally inferior to men, coming at them with guns a-blazing and cries of ‘sexist’ will likely change nothing. If you disagree with their statement, explain why. Reactionary anger only affirms their view in their minds.” Whether this works in all circumstances, I don’t know, but I thought it a worthy sentiment for folks across the political spectrum.

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    1. Hi Abigail!! Welcome back!! I started college fall of 2019, and I’m struggling to get back into it, but I’ve found that it’s really good for my soul 🙂

      I adore the Screwtape Letters, and I’m actually in the middle of a reread! He addresses this issue SO well!

      I agree with both of those statements! I grew up with the Left, no matter the extreme, being demonized + moronized and that was a really hard mentality to break out of when I came to college and learned some of the even Biblical reasons for having a more “progressive” view on certain issues, esp corporate repentance for racism. As Lewis said, extremism is always dangerous, but it’s so hard to hold balanced opinions when the whole world wants you to fall into one of only two camps wholeheartedly.

      In my doctrine class, we just discussed the danger of a single-issue Gospel. Whether that Gospel is Liberation, Social Justice, or Pro-Life, if it focuses too much on one issue and makes IT the dividing line between good + evil, then you’re going to lose other aspects of it and not see the full picture of the work that Christ did on the cross and that the Holy Spirit is doing now.

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