We have lost many things of late, and the art of disagreement is one of them. Love is another victim. These and other things we lost are the very things that made us special. Things like getting along, enjoying life together, diversity of opinions, and basic civility.
But these are not victims of some lab leaked, human manufactured virus. These things are lost because of an aggressively multi-billion-dollar propaganda campaign that shut down the voice of Christian conservatism and created fear, anger, and distrust between citizens and neighbors.
This program censors and erases any dissenting voices. Freedom of speech has become mocked and if you question the created narrative of we’re right, you are treated as if you an enemy of the state. Sound familiar?
Once you’re an enemy of the state, you are an enemy of its citizens and a danger to your neighbors. All because you question the narrative that masks and vaccines work. Even when it is clear, they don’t work that well. If they did work, then why do vaccinated people still need to wear masks, get COVID, and are afraid of unvaccinated people?
Because they are told by bureaucrats that to do these things makes them safe. And they are also told that anyone who questions this is a bad person. There is no reason given for questioners being bad, just that they are. You can’t trust someone who questions changing rules. They want to harm you. They are selfish and don’t care if you get sick and die.
As Christians, we live our lives according to the truth of the Bible and not the politics of fear. Interesting, if you didn’t know this, one of the basic truths in the Bible is that God is love. And his followers are called to love.
“But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Christians are not some group of mean, evil people hating everyone else and causing chaos in the streets. Those people are usually led by opportunistic thugs dressed using the division and hatred within society to justify stealing, killing, and destroying the lives and dreams of their neighbors. If this tactic also sounds familiar it should be. It is the very purpose of Satan.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;” John 10: 10a
Certainly, doesn’t sound like people dedicated to following and imitating a God of love does it?
By contrast, Jesus came to give us life.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10: 10b
A question we need to ask is why are the governments trying to silence the voice of love. The reason is quite simple.
In a time of prolonged emergency in which the only hope is found in science, finding hope in God contradicts it. We have been told to trust the science. Even when the science changes and even contradicts itself. One day, we were told not to wear masks. Then we are told to wear them.
Just recently, some large gatherings were seen as superspreader events even though they weren’t and other gatherings that caused COVID were seen as okay. It all depends on who is putting the event on. Or so it would appear.
Another reason to silence and vilify Christians is that we bring love. I mean, we are called to love. We are called to be kind, loving, and nice to our neighbors. We are set apart by Christ, but we are not called to despise others. We are commanded to help those in need when we can. And we are in unity about the love of God. Maybe not much else. But Christian conservatives know that God loves them and that we are supposed to love others.
This is the exact opposite of the divide and conquer strategy of the official state line of fear mongering and censorship.
Ask yourself, who is the real enemy of your country. Those who love God or those who want to silence Him?
Andy Becker is a pastor, retired counsellor and former CEO of a Hospice organization. Currently, his wife, Stella and Andy, lead both Lighthouse ministries and Bread of Life ministries in North Central Regina, one of Canada’s poorest and roughest neighborhoods. His book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.