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Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has become the digital town square for many to voice their opinions and in some cases, alternate facts on the internet.
Twitter started off in similar fashion to YouTube: little regulation and featured a variety of voices on the platform. Yet as it grew in scope and earning potential, authority figures saw how this new medium could be utilized to promote some voices, while curtailing others.
Modern-day Twitter is now viewed as a bastion of leftist and Marxist activists who face little to no punishment for breaking the Terms of Service (TOS). Calls for violence and abuse against conservative politicians, commentators and Christians have gone unpunished for years.
Meanwhile, Christians have seen their accounts censored vigorously for tweets quoting Bible verses that do not align with far-left talking points.
Some of the notable suspensions and tweet bans that hit Christian and conservative users are Sean Feucht of the "Let us Worship" movement, President Donald Trump, Seth Dillon's "Babylon Bee," a satire site that seemed prophetic with some of its articles, professor Jordan Peterson and many more.
The common tactic that the activists who work at Twitter often use is to accuse some users of "hateful conduct," when in reality they are simply disagreeing with the leftist belief system.
During the COVID lockdowns, even doctors presenting factual evidence against what Dr. Anthony Fauci was feeding to the public were hit with bans.
It was no longer about free speech and town square debates, but the narrative and pushing that narrative forward to the masses.
The Bible warns about End Times deception in the Bible, and Christians worldwide are bombarded with false information on all fronts.
This corrupting of the Word of God has spread worldwide and into the digital world.
Dr. David Jeremiah explains in his blog how the watering down of the gospel can lead others away:
"This type of syncretism is rampant in the world today. Our society is characterized by a culture of toleration that works for everybody but Christians. There is a great acceptance and understanding for all sorts of immoral behavior, yet the world considers it unacceptable to speak of absolute truth. In response, some churches and pastors have departed from sound doctrine. This isn't just another trend. It is a spirt of deception taking hold of our culture."
The world's wealthiest man, Elon Musk, is now set to acquire Twitter. His goal is to reestablish the open debate environment on Twitter that would not see dissenting ideas silenced and banned.
Musk wrote to advertisers outlining his intentions with the company:
"The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence. There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right-wing and far left-wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society."
While Musk is not a professing Christian, his views align more with an agnostic worldview, he has expressed respect toward the beliefs of Christianity in the past.
In an interview with Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon, Musk had this to say about Christianity when asked if he would accept Jesus Christ as his Savior:
"There's great wisdom in the teachings of Jesus, and I agree with those teachings. Things like 'turn the other cheek' are very important, as opposed to 'an eye-for-an-eye.' An eye-for-an-eye leaves everyone blind," said Musk.
"Forgiveness, you know, is important and treating people as you would wish to be treated," added Musk. "Love thy neighbor as thyself. Very important. ... But hey, if Jesus is saving people ... I won't stand in His way. Sure, I'll be saved. Why not?"
With an open forum model and far less hostility from moderators toward the Word of God, Christian leaders would have the opportunity to debate the often incorrect and half-stated truths that many in modern culture take from the Bible.
This spirit of deception will continue trying to mislead those seeking the truth to be found in the pages of the Bible. But with a Twitter platform that does protect free speech, Christians may share the truth found within those pages and continue spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.
James Lasher is a Copy Editor for Charisma Media.
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