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It is stunning to me how much money is wasted on political campaigns in America each year.
According to a CNBC report, published Oct. 28, more than $14 billion had already been spent on this year’s presidential and congressional races. That’s the equivalent of 14 skyscrapers each stretching 33 stories into the sky stacked floor to ceiling with $1,000 bills knowing every four inches is a million bucks. Keep in mind, that does not include money spent on local and statewide campaigns.
The reason for the vast expenditures is directly related to the cultural war underway between two very diverse worldviews. The federal government has grown so big and so powerful – well beyond what our nation’s founders could have imagined – that whomever sits at the controls becomes more important every year.
With the news media and social media working together to promote a more “progressive” worldview, it is not surprising that conservatives and Christians are losing the public relations battle. One of the primary reasons for that is because our voices are being drowned out or outright banned.
We know it is a losing proposition to try to communicate more traditional values when we don’t control the avenues of discussion. The news media, television and movie studios have long abandoned traditional values.
Fortunately, we can still engage people one-on-one and face-to-face, which is often far more effective than social media. Still, it would be nice if we had a platform to communicate with each other.
It is remarkable that in a nation divided 50-50 on nearly every issue, that there is still no viable alternatives for our voices to be heard. Don’t the 200 million people who comprise that group deserve a seat at the table?
I suspect that people are growing tired to the shenanigans being played against us because I have seen many people abandoning the traditional channels, like Facebook, Twitter and Google for other platforms. Still, without knowing who controls the strings of those sites, I suspect people we’ll discover similar hostility to our worldview there in a few years.
It’s harder to get conservative movies into mainstream theaters. Just ask the producers of October Baby and Unplanned.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to silence conservative voices, and they do so without impunity by claiming the messages violate their “community standards.”
There are churches broadcasting messages to the world on satellites, but we can’t find Christian shows on the air in America except after midnight or very early Sunday mornings. To get that type of programming, we often have to pay for expensive cable or satellite service.
In fact, most wholesome forms of entertainment are hidden behind a paywall. Smut is available free around the clock, but if you want a show about traditional family values that doesn’t include swearing and rampant sex, be prepared to pay for it.
There are plenty of historical examples of nations that only allowed one opinion to be publicly expressed and diligently worked to squelch or eliminate opposing viewpoints. It doesn’t end well for free-thinking people. Yet, year after year, conservatives and Christians try to compete in an arena owned and controlled by people hostile to those views.
Sure, they whine every time someone is banned or a message is censored, but what do they expect?
Jesus himself noted in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
People do not like our viewpoints and just hearing our voices often rankle those caught up in the world. Yet, we need a platform where we can support and encourage one another without interference. It will also work as a safe place for people to check out Christianity and more conservative thinking without having everything “fact checked” first.
If Facebook, Twitter and Google are among the richest companies in the world, why aren’t conservative entrepreneurs flocking to capture a piece of that pie?
That’s why it puzzles me why wealthy people are so willing to invest HUGE sums of money to try and save this election. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently pledged $500 thousand just to throw at lawyers.
How far could half a million dollars would go toward creating or supporting an alternative to Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube and all the mainstream media outlets devoted to silencing half the people in America?
If we had invested just 20% of the total federal election expenditures toward building alternative platforms rather than forking over bushels of money to consultants, pollsters and political consultants, we would have a first-rate platform we could call home.
If you believe the Bible, then you know the end times discussed in Revelation are crouching at the door. Believers will eventually be silenced and martyred. They won’t even be able to engage in commerce without bowing before the prince of this world.
We really should be acting now rather than waiting until our faith and viewpoints are outlawed. What better gift could we give to future generations of believers than to build the infrastructure to connect them and sustain them?
It certainly would be a much better investment in building God’s kingdom than burning bushels of money in fruitless political battles!