Archbishop Foley Beach, guidance on engaging on social media

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  1. anglican74

    anglican74 Well-Known Member Anglican

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    My Dear @anglican74

    Thank you so much for alerting us to this. I have created a PDF of the Code which I share here, and will promote. excellent.
     

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    "There is a difference between writing about what someone has said or done and writing about the person."

    AMEN to that.
     
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    Except that getting it wrong even about someones 'words' can have serious consequences too. Matt.24:35, Luke 9:26, John 5:47.
     
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    I would say that Jesus words are a bit different than mine or yours
     
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    I have -- for years now -- advised Christians to abandon Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, etc. Or at least not use them as the primary vehicle for their online ministries.

    Quite apart from the negative behaviors the "socials" tend to promote in people who use these sites, it's also dreadfully dangerous to build a Christian ministry of any kind on these platforms. I have warned people over and over again that there is a movement afoot to basically render Christian belief illegal in practical terms, and the exact microsecond the social-media sites get legal cover, you will see a mass banning of orthodox Christian sites and churches. Entire online ministries will vanish in a second. If the activist left actually manages to pass laws banning what they consider to be "hate speech", then orthodox Christians can expect to be banished to the digital darkness shortly thereafter (and legally prosecuted as well).

    Get off the social media sites. Christians need their own digital infrastructure for video streaming and discussion, and the less centralized the better. The "version 1.0" internet was far superior in this respect to the modern walled-garden internet, where four or five (highly leftward-tilting) social-media sites gather the bulk of all internet traffic. It isn't healthy for discourse in general, but it is a deadly danger for Christian ministry and outreach.
     
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    Social media is not a phase, but a permanent feature of the 21st century life. Moderating our exposure is a great idea, but the principle of banning the internet from our lives is not very different than being jaded by cars and reverting back to horses.

    We're not going back to a prior time.

    This will only go forward, and our children will only go forward. Unless all of Christianity adopts the Amish model (which is definitely a bad idea), the only way to go is forward, but forward on our terms. So then if we think that Twitter is too toxic, then we need to build our own Twitter; and ban the toxic atheists if we wanted to, but certainly the Christians would feel at home there. If we are disturbed by kids cartoons being infiltrated by the LMNOP agenda, and children's books having "two dads" right on the cover, then we need to make our own books, write our own movies, build our own bookstores. The only way forward is forward. Bigger, stronger; not resign and retreat.
     
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    Fortunately when it comes to kids and books and movies we have a vast treasure already bequeathed to us. As for social media I don't plan on letting mine on until high school. Then I will moderate it
     
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    Let's not get overcome with paranoia though. There have been cartoon books for kids with Mum and Dad on the cover almost as long as cartoon books for kids have existed. I don't see that, in itself, as great a threat to Christian civilisation as would be a world in which such books would be made unlawful, even if the unlawful ones were the ones with two men or two women on the front cover. Once what pictures we are allowed to have on the front of kids books representing 'normal' parents are dictated by government edict we will have already started living under the heal of the Beast.

    If little Johnny in the storybook is brought up by uncle Ben and uncle Jim, because little johnny's mum and dad were unfortunately killed in a car crash or died of Covid19 it might fit the storyline to have "two dads" right on the cover.

    Would that be a scenario ripe for being made illegal by the CBCS, 'Christian Bible Correction Society'?
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    We still need to be like the disciples, who traveled the 'highways and byways' to get to where the unredeemed folks are and communicate the Gospel. We are the light and salt in the earth. Today that means the traveling the information superhighway and ducking into the darkened doorways of FB, Twitter, and other social media sites, because that's where the people are and that's how people mingle today. We still need to present the Christian viewpoint, to write without every third word being a curse, and to show that there is a difference between God's family and the devil's crowd. If our access gets cut off someday all at once, then it will happen; until then let's keep doing what we're doing, and doing it even more.
     
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    Having 2 dads may be unavoidable sometimes, but it isn't God's best so it isn't something to be presented as a potential role model. And that is what such books do: modeling an unusual exigency as a fully normal, completely desirable pattern for kids to follow when they grow up.
     
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    Having 2 dads in the sense of, they love each other as in other families mommy and daddy might love each other, that’s not unusual, that’s straight up demonic.

    Just thought I’d throw that out there.

    Anyway sorry, I’ll leave it to others to discuss this further. Sometimes my indignation crosses the boundaries that His Grace seems to be advocating for us to follow.
     
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    I've noticed you've made this point several times now. If you feel so strongly about it, why don't you be the one to start it? What's stopping you?
     
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    Anglican Forums is but one example of a social media platform.
     
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    Having two 'dads' or two 'mums' is probably going to remain 'unusual', given the biological urges of human beings naturally being focussed in the direction that it 'naturally' seems to be. The 'nature' that needs to be resisted and eschewed though is the 'natural' tendency for worldlings to scapegoat the 'unusual' and make their life a misery by mobbing and persecuting 'the different' while perversely embracing in 'brotherhood' the bigoted and godless scapegoating crowd.

    What might seen 'natural' to the unregenerate worldlings of this world, is anything but the nature that should be seen predomininant in the children of God. Rom.8:16-17.
     
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    I was speaking more from the perspective of the children caught in an unfortunate situation, who must make the best of things in a suboptimal environment. It's a pity, though, when adults voluntarily create such a sub-par environment and subject children to it.

    It's great to be able to appreciate both sides of the coin. But the coin's serrated edge doesn't usually need so much examination! :rolleyes:
     
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    wonderful!