The media has become the yellow journalism warned about in the past. Neither left nor right are content to speak facts but instead take up a cause that often misstates or negates the real facts. Sadly, we do not want facts anymore. We have become as a society so deeply suspicious of anyone and everyone that we would rather live in the echo chamber of our own bias and beliefs than to live in a world where truth engages openly and with love the falsehoods of the world. So they pander to us and we pander to them. It is despicable. On top of that is the huge lie that if you disagree you are a hater and must be cast of the circle of friends, the conversation of the public square, and the neighborhood. The left and right are complicit in this and we have allowed them to take over our minds and steal our reason. Worst of all, we seem incapable of turning them off or holding them accountable.
The internet is close to the the gates of hell. It allows the anonymous and the cowards to spin their lies or their version of the truth unchecked and unchallenged. They do not need to prove anything since innuendo and insinuation are the tools in trade of those who tweet and post allegations as truth and presumption as fact. I am ashamed that this blog lives in the same sphere as the stuff of the internet. Believe you me, I have thought long and hard about giving this whole enterprise up. My use of the social media is for one purpose -- for the preaching of the Word, for the calling of the faithful to know that Word, and for the occasional benign humor at no one's expense but my own. I once thought porn was the biggest danger of the internet but it is being chased by the demon of opinion that poses as information and attack that poses as remedy to the things that ail our society.
The worst of it all is how Christians fall victim to the same kind of abhorrent stuff in the name of Christ. On the one hand you have Christians who advertise that they neither know nor heed and apparently do not even care about what God's Word says and the Church through the ages have believed. The Gospel has become a rainbow meme devoid of any mention of sin, the cross, or the empty tomb. The Law has become a toothless lion who roars while we who say we are Christian yawn. What a sham it is! On the opposite extreme are the righteousness police who make the Pharisees look like amateurs. They troll for any information that they can use to divide, destroy, and spread despair. God has an answer for sin but not these people. Once condemned, always condemned. They are the only godly ones they know and they have become a parody of what it means to call your brother or sister to repentance. When they are called out, they revile back worse than they got and distance themselves from the Lord who forgave those who crucified Him. Their goal seems less to be truth than influence and power and so they have been corrupted by the same idols as the world -- the only difference is they do it in God's name.
Get off the screens and into the Word. Be discerning about what you read or hear instead of deceived. The internet corrupts everything because we let it -- it appeals to our basest desires and the things that should not live at all now live openly only because we let it. Vulgarity has become normal and are we better for it? Truth is now captive to the individual but are we better for it? Perception has become the real reality and are we better for it? Tearing down has become the goal and are we better for it? Satan is laughing as he gathers our souls as the harvest of lies and we have surrendered to Him what belongs only to God. Do not give you kids a smart phone and if you cannot control your use of it, you should get rid of yours.