This is why I do what I do:
If you ever wondered why Jesus came into the world, thankfully we are told quite clearly, so you need not wonder any longer. In John 18:37 Jesus said this: “The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
There you have it. And sharing the truth involved the truth of his mission: to deal with lost sinners alienated from God by taking the penalty they deserved upon himself so that people might be reconciled to God via faith and repentance. So he came to do a mighty work to bring us back to God, and to share truth about this.
But of course for doing so, he was hated and despised by many, and the masses eventually cheered on his crucifixion. That is the usual reaction to the proclamation of truth. In my own small way, I too have known and experienced this. I get almost daily hate mail along with the occasional death threats because of my desire to share truth.
So why bother then? I do what I do because the truth matters, and we live in a world which is starved for truth. I am under obligation to share truth with as many people as I can. So that means I seek to use as many different means as possible to do so.
Indeed, all Christians are called to share truth. We are under obligation to share truth. It is part of the job description of every single believer. As the Apostle Paul put it in 1 Corinthians 9:16: “For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Sure, it will result in plenty of opposition, resistance, hatred and abuse. That goes with the territory. But as Jesus also said, it is the truth that will set people free (John 8:32). If we care about people, and want to see them set free from all that enslaves them, we MUST share truth with them.
So that is what I do. And that is why I do it. As I have often said, I have a responsibility to be a watchman on the wall, as we read about in Ezekiel 3 and 33. In a sense we all have that responsibility as believers. And if we fail in that duty, we will have blood on our hands. See more on this here: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/03/15/i-dont-want-blood-on-my-hands/
So a major part of our calling is to share life-changing truth as much as we can, as far as we can, and with as many people as we can. That is why I have this website. That is why I am on social media platforms such as Facebook – er, why I WAS on Facebook!
You have been terminated
As I reported yesterday, it looks like I have been permanently banned from Facebook. My entire page has been ripped down and everything on it has disappeared. Hundreds of thousands of posts and comment gone in an instant, thanks to the zealous censors and fanatical thought police who run FB. You can read all about this here: billmuehlenberg.com/2021/05/27/erased/
As I said there, with many thousands of friends, and many hundreds of thousands of posts and comments, it was a major means by which I could share truth to a very wide audience. That has now all been taken away from me. In the short term, as I mentioned, if you are on FB you can help me by telling others about my fate. That would be greatly appreciated
Let me offer a few follow-up bits of info about my termination. A few folks have said that my page is still there. Well, not quite! I actually have (or had) two FB pages: my main large personal page (with a picture of me as a hippy) that has been totally obliterated; and a smaller public page (with a picture of me in a suit) which seems to still be up. But even so, I cannot get access to it! Thus it is dead in the water, while the other one is completely gone.
Other folks have suggested that I start a new FB page with a new/different name. Yes, that is possible, but I would also need a new email address. And I still will have to start from scratch to get back 5000 friends and hundreds of thousands of lost posts, comments, etc., done over 15+ years. Also, the more different my name would be in order to fool FB, the less easy it will be for folks to recognise who it is! But that might be one way to proceed.
And some other folks have said that FB really is bad news (true enough!), and that I should just stay off it. Why further promote their woke and radical agendas? Yes, I am no fan whatsoever of supporting sleazeball woke corporations. However, God has called me to share truth in whatever way I can. With FB being the biggest social media platform in the world, and with many thousands of FB friends, it was a good outlet to share truth in.
So it may be worthwhile trying to get back on it at some point, somehow. In the meantime, I am on three other social media sites: MeWe, Gab and Parler. I hope many of you will join me there. The truth is, things will only continue to worsen at FB, and many of you will likely find yourselves in the same boat as I am sooner or later. And as I often say – half in jest – if you have not yet been sent to FB Gulag, you may need to lift your game!
One other point. A terrific website, Caldron Pool, has just reprinted my earlier article. They are well worth supporting and visiting: caldronpool.com/bill-muehlenberg-erased/
If you find their name to be a bit odd, you need to revisit C. S. Lewis and his The Chronicles of Narnia series. Book seven, The Last Battle, and the first chapter, will explain it all!
And one final thing: I need to add new categories or subcategories to my website every now and then, as new things arise. Woke capitalism – of which FB is a prime example – is one such newish and worrying development, so I now have a new subsection on that topic for those who are interested. It already has a dozen articles in it: billmuehlenberg.com/category/economics/woke-capitalism/
Concluding spiritual reflection
I am just now once again reading though the book of Esther. It is all about an amazing reversal of fortune. At one point it looked like all the Jews would be wiped out, but in the end, they were preserved and their main opponent, Haman, was killed instead.
I could not but help find a few loose parallels there with my own story and that of all conservative Christians who are being persecuted and hated on, especially by the Tech Giants. Folks like Zuckerberg and Dorsey really do not like truth, and they really do not like biblical Christians.
They are working overtime to cancel them, to delete them, to erase them, and to terminate them. I am just one of millions of examples of this. It reminds me of what we find in Esther 3:5: “And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury.”
Because we will not bow down to the radical secular left woke PC agendas of these media companies, we are the object of their odium and disgust. They ARE seeking to weed all of us out. But as I say, the story discussed in Esther ends well, with a major reversal of fortune.
Whether God will do the same here remains to be seen. We do know that one day all these powerful figures who now shake their fists at God and truth will meet their Maker and Judge and give an account. But in this life, they may continue on for some time.
Thus whether I ever get back on to FB remains to be seen. Justice may not happen in this lifetime. But one day it most certainly will happen. That should give us all hope. While it seems that evil now has the upper hand, it is only short term. We know who wins in the end.