Social media is my platform; it has been for years. Some use it for fun but since Jena Six in 2006 I have used it to become socially aware and to help others become socially aware. You see I don't just talk, I petition, I will march and ask what it is I can do to help the cause because I feel that in order to be heard and have change we should take action. I am baffled by those who say "well I don't sit on social media all day" yet you're on there every time I am. It is no longer" sitting" on social media because when I'm working I often take my phone out on breaks, my phone is with me wherever I go so I wouldn't call people who actively make their followers aware of social injustice on social media sitting ducks. When I gave my life to Christ in 2010 I noticed that many Christians are quiet on social injustice, it bothered me then and it bothers me now. It bothers me even more now because a good 72% of our new "president elect's" supporters are evangelical Christians. At one point I labeled myself as an evangelical but over the years my views, concepts and ideas about religion have changed.
I have had a year of hardship, eye opening situations and life has made me more compassionate about people. I am political, I consider myself to be conscious although I've been told the majority of conscious people believe that Jesus is a myth. It is no secret to my followers that I have always supported Senator Clinton. In 08 before Obama took the lead I was "with her" so last year when she made the announcement I did not hesitate to alert social media that I was "with her" and that there was no other choice for me as far as candidates go. My bios from Instagram to twitter are littered with #BlackLivesMatter to #ImWithHer and at the same time #ILoveJesus which I am told is contradictory. I ask how is it contradictory to love Jesus and be socially active? How is it that I'm told that Christians have to be put in this conservative box? I hold views and thoughts that cannot be considered conservative. For a long time, I kept them to myself for the fear of being judged or shunned (Christians are really good at isolating people who do not think like them) but this year I got vocal because when you sit down and study the word which we are told to in 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
I learned that too many church people go by hearsay and not scripture or they take parts of scripture and misinterpret for their benefit or simply to mislead non-believers. It is a sad truth and no not all Christians do this but too many do! Sometimes the misinterpretation is not even on purpose, when we are ignorant of anything we always put our spin on it. Now we can sit all day and argue about abortion, same sex marriage but where does it really lead us? Usually ends in heated debates with scriptures being given in a self-righteous tone or causes a rift. I often think of Luke 15 when I see or hear Christians disparaging non-believers, stay with me:
The Parable of the Lost Sheep