Timothy Plan: ‘There Is Great Value in Standing Firm and Using Social Media to Spread the Gospel’
February 4, 2021
ORLANDO, Fla.— The war of words being exchanged on social media has no boundaries and infects denominations, cultures, politics, and more. In the face of Big Tech’s censorship of Christian voices and viewpoints, many feel it’s time to leave Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and others.
However, “The idea of Christians abandoning social media entirely is troubling,” says Cara Groenendaal, Timothy Plan Social Media Strategist. “As new platforms start entering the arena, we can begin using social media alternatives like Christian-owned Gab.com, or perhaps others like Parler (if it gets back online) and MeWe. But this doesn’t mean abandoning the dominant platforms.
“What would Jesus have us do with social media? Would He ask us to turn our backs and avoid opportunities for evangelism?”
Groenendaal says that Christians don’t have to flee and unplug. Instead, “We should strive to be good stewards of our time online. We can be beacons of hope and engage and encourage others with the Gospel. Christians are responsible for carrying forth the Gospel; whether we share it in person or use one of the Big Tech platforms, our mission should never cease.”
In reviewing the Scriptures, believers would be hard-pressed to find a passage where God warns against evangelizing in hostile or ungodly nations. “We are commanded to do as the disciples did after the resurrection of Christ,” Groenendaal says. “All 12 put themselves at great risk and peril to spread the Gospel and paid the ultimate price. James, Judas (not Iscariot) and Matthias were stoned to death. Andrew, Peter, Phillip and Simon were crucified. Thomas was speared. John was exiled. Today, our most significant risks are censorship, ridicule and criticism. If we could make a difference in one person’s life, shouldn’t we accept the challenge?”
Many Christian investors have never thought about what companies they are invested in or profiting from.
Timothy Plan will not own Big Tech FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) stocks, all of which violate biblical filters. Debbie Hart, Timothy Plan Vice President of Investor Relations, encourages Christian investors to try the free eVALUEator tool to know how current investment holdings line up with their values.
Hart contends that Christians have the power to impact the Big Tech companies without abandoning their mission field. “Unless each investment is purposefully selected to complement their Christian values, the likelihood of owning one or more of the Big Tech FAANG stocks is pretty high,” she says.
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