While I know plenty of Christians who have an almost natural draw towards liberalism, mainly because they’re drawn to the fluffy, feel good, “peace and love” surface without really seeing its roots, the progressive left really has no place for Christianity.
It seems they have shown a little ankle. As explained in an article by Michael Knowles at The Daily Wire, Facebook has rejected an ad featuring the crucified Jesus for being “shocking, sensational, or excessively violent.” While Knowles explains quite clearly that Facebook is not wrong in that assessment – the crucifixion was indeed all three of those things – it can be bewildering to those who don’t follow these things too closely as to why an “open and free” platform such as Facebook would be blatant in their bias.
Sure, Facebook is a multi-billion dollar business, so possibly alienating a huge portion of their user base does not seem to be a wise decision. Facebook, however, is also a multi-billion dollar business run by leftists. Sure, there are those on the left who are good people who hold socio-political views I oppose, but the leftist ideology itself, especially when it is well funded, most certainly is in opposition to Christianity itself.
What do Christians believe when it comes to their daily social lives? Family is the bedrock of all civilizations and is a key component in this great human project (Genesis 1:28). To that end, marriage between one man and one woman, ’til death do they part, is essential in fostering it (Matthew 19:9, Matthew 19:5, 1 Corinthians 6:16). They believe that, within that environment, children have stability with the Judeo-Christian values, and other values inspired by them, taught and lived out, as the glue that holds it all together. Christians also believe in the sanctity of life, thus as a general rule do not favor abortion. This stems from their view that all human life has inherent value because of Whose image we reflect (Genesis 1:26).
Family. Marriage. Children.
When was the last time true proclaimers of the leftist ideology showed much support for any of those three things? I do not mean in the more personal sense, such as “I love my family,” or, “I love my spouse,” or, “I love my kids.” What I mean is that they proclaimed those three things not just as good for themselves (when they have them), but good for humanity as a whole.
The left, as a general rule, rejects these three things because they are not “progressive” in their traditional forms.
Kids are bad . So bad, in fact, that if anybody screws up and rejects this tenet of leftist ideology and becomes pregnant, they better abort that child.
Traditional marriage is bad. So bad, in fact, that we should celebrate its decline and hopeful demise, because it apparently never served any greater good, am I right?
The nuclear family is bad. So bad, in fact, that let’s just show the statistical trends showing the decline of the family over the last several decades and shrug it off as the “new normal,” because it probably wasn’t important anyway.
Look, I get it. The human dichotomy is that we are capable of great good, and great evil. We are both flawed and messed up, yet we are at the top of creation. Does that mean we should celebrate changes in thoughts and behaviors that ultimately lead to the intended eradication of what is good? Some people may argue that there are those who do not come from such traditional backgrounds and ended up just fine. Yes, they exist. The exception, however, does not become the rule just because the exception did well. These institutions have existed and been celebrated throughout human history because they were good for everybody.
But to the left, history begins right now. In their attempt to put the progressive ideology into effect for generations now, they have essentially regressed many good values of our daily existence. Facebook rejecting an ad depicting Jesus is a rejection of those values, rolled up into one, seemingly inconsequential business decision.
Think I’m reaching a bit? I am not. Jesus made it quite clear when he told us in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” The world rejected Christ, thus it rejects his people. Along with that comes things that we value.
All that said, do not be disheartened, Church. While it is true that to hate Jesus is to hate his people, it also means to hate the Father God. God will not be mocked. In the meantime, while God works in his ways to sort this out, let us not use this Facebook rejection of a Jesus ad to become bitter, angry, and longing for a time long gone. We are here to be the image bearers of God and Christ in this world. Let us show love and grace to those who don’t understand what they hate without reason (John 18:25). After all, as said by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”