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Are You Being Partial On Facebook With Social Media Politics?

In the past two weeks there has been a serious firestorm of tragedy, hatred, and killing in the world and all of it has been captured in the eyes of social media. Facebook in particular recently took action in the case of the specific tragedy in Paris by adding temporary profile picture filters for its users to show support and solidarity for the victims of the attacks, family members, etc. CNN reports that over 120 people have been killed and over 350 people have been injured by terrorist attackers in France. The terrorists’ attacks were strategic. The world is praying for peace and updating profile pictures on Instagram, Twitter and other social media websites. The timing of the attacks in Paris are in the midst of black students at the University of Missouri being terrorized on campus, A young orphaned student at Spring Valley High School being viciously assaulted from her desk in South Carolina, 9 year old Tyshawn Lee being killed in an alley in Chicago, and a revisiting of almost 200 people being killed by terrorists a few months back in Kenya.

To really think about it, there has been a lot more than two weeks’ worth of terror found in the news headlines, tragedy has been trending for a very long time. At this specific time in history more political opinions and witnesses are coming to the forefront of the digital landscape using social media.

Even though Facebook’s profile picture filter for Paris was created to unite, it’s been a source of division at the same time. Is Facebook, Inc. being partial for giving users the option to support certain aspects of world culture and events over others? In June the company offered a rainbow colored filter for profile pictures. They seem to be offering users the benefit to stand in support of something.

Since social media is getting more involved with social action the push to stand with one ideology or another is becoming even more pressing. Oprah even recently produced a series called “belief”. So do you know What do you stand for?

Aug. 26, 2015 Jonathan Butler on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. Butler began his hunger strike on Nov. 2 to call attention to racial problems at the state's flagship university. (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP)

Aug. 26, 2015 Jonathan Butler on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo. Butler began his hunger strike on Nov. 2 to call attention to racial problems at the state’s flagship university. (Daniel Brenner/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP)

To the followers of God’s word the question has already been posed. Scripture reads “Choose you this day whom you will serve*” Will we serve God, man, or the social media trending topics? At this time God is calling us to get right or get left behind, to be on one side or the other. There is no in between. “Whoever isn’t with me is against me, and whoever doesn’t gather with me scatters”**.

Are people behaving like the children of Israel in this country now, When we want something or when we’re in tragedy that’s when we cry out to God the most? Because we’re highly influenced by social media to [hashtag] pray for this or that at these tragic times, but the word of God says: “Pray without ceasing*”. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.*

I pray that we realize that God has all we need at ALL times. He is the provider. He is the solution giver. When things are good and when things are bad. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.*” The world is full of trouble and it has been for a long time but our strength is in our faith. Jesus said In this world we will have trouble, but to take heart because He has overcome the world*.

We have to understand that Facebook is not faith, Google is not God, and Instagram is not the best intention for our lives. Christ is the vehicle, He is the filter, and He is the screen. To believe in a Creator, we have to believe in Christ. Through Christ there is purpose and salvation. Christ is the catalyst to God, so let’s not get carried away with social media politics, get carried away with the spirit of God and worship Him in spirit and in truth*. Let’s follow God’s timeline more than what’s happening online. We represent the nation and the kingdom of God. We are kingdom ambassadors. Let’s stand in solidarity with that.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things”.* Our faith and spiritual health is most important in order to truly stand for what’s right and true, that’s why it’s so important to “Look Up”. Look up to the hills from which comes our help and pray at all times, because our help comes from there…at all times*.

In the wake of civil and racial unrest in United States, Look Up Radio in conjunction with Circle of Hope, Pyro Arts Solutions, Project (215), and many others took to the streets of Philadelphia, PA to pray for justice and worship publicly. Gospel recording artist MarQuita Danzy and guitarist Kristen McKee led the diverse crowd in singing with Chris Tomlin’s “Our God” during the rally.

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Scripture References:
*1 Thessalonians 5:17
*Romans 8:28
*John 16:33
*John 4:24
*Psalm 121:2