One of my radio production clients, Jan Markell just had an experience with You Tube that will prove to be a warning for all truth telling ministries. You Tube is owned by Internet giant Goggle, and when they don’t like something you will hear about it, and your account can and will be suspended. That is precisely what happened to Jan; she had two programs she re-ran over the Thanksgiving season that she had originally posted from earlier in the year. You Tube said the material had violated their standards and we would be sanctioned if we continued to be offensive. Here is the email she received:
Hi Jan Markell,
The YouTube community flagged one or more of your videos as inappropriate. After reviewing the content, we’ve determined that the videos violate our Community Guidelines. As a result, we removed the following videos from YouTube:
- "Stories Of Hope"
This is the third Community Guidelines strike your account has received within six months. Because of that, your account has now been terminated, and you won’t be able to access or create any other YouTube accounts.
For more information about account terminations, please visit our Help Center.
- The YouTube Team
The first strike that Jan’s ministry received was on the weekend of November 14, when there was a discussion about the paranormal, and the popularity of the Harry Potter book series. Jan and her guests discussed the resurgence of the paranormal, and cited Harry Potter as an example of this interest. Why this was tagged as inappropriate is beyond me. Then on November 28, Jan interviewed Tom Doyle, and author who wrote, “Killing Christians, Living The Faith Where It’s Not Safe to Believe,” where they talked about the genocide of Christians all over the Middle East. There was no talk about retaliation against Muslims, they just told the audience about the truth of what is happening to Christians.
Late yesterday, World Net Daily called Google/You Tube to do a story on it and something happened. All of a sudden there was an apology, and an admission that a mistake was made. As of Monday night all is well for Jan Markell’s You Tube account. However it is still a warning that when Christianity challenges the status quo of culture, Christians will be a target of unmitigated retaliation. It was a dry run of what could happen at any time when we tell the truth about any issue. For example, when Christians challenge the science and the conclusion of global warming advocates, will the same thing happen? Will those who disagree with us pull our You Tube videos that have a differing opinion?
What about the gospel? What happens when we who believe in a Biblical view of marriage, or are pro-life, will our point of view be censored? Will censorship be a common ordeal for people who are conservative in our political views? We have seen that happen with Lois Lerner and the IRS when she targeted non-profits who were Tea Party aligned. Perhaps this is a small matter to some of you, but it will become a big deal as it influences the religious freedom in this country. What about those who object to the exclusivity clause of the John 14:6? Will Christianity’s claim to being the only truth be an offensive concept and considered hate speech against other religions?
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Even though this You Tube censorship is a small offense in the scheme of world events, it is a microcosm of what is to come. Jesus told us we would be hated by all nations for following Him, and in recent years we have seen more anti-Christian sentiment than ever before in the United States. As we look around the world, we can see how Christians are being killed in various nations and there is little outcry.
Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. An average of at least 180 Christians around the world are killed each month for their faith. (Source: Open Doors USA)
Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ. (Source: U.S. Department of State)
In 41 of the 50 worst nations for persecution, Christians are being persecuted by Islamic extremists. (Source: Open Doors)
So, in light of these statistics, why isn’t there more concern about the plight of these Christians? Where is our government on being pro-active on religious freedom issues in these countries? I am sure our government assists many of these countries with foreign aid and other American support, so why is there so much silence about the killing of Christians around the world? I don’t think it matters to the world if Christians are being killed, displaced, or persecuted. The western church is slow to react about religious freedom issues, it’s almost as if we stick our heads in the sand and pray, ‘Lord let it never happen here!’
Life for believers who stand for the truth of the gospel will migrate from bad to worse in the coming years. If you are silent in your witness for Christ, you might be left alone, because you are no harm to anyone. However, if you speak from your Bible, you may become a target of censorship, or even sanctioned as a person of hate.
On the positive side of things, persecution is always good for bring people together for survival, and the church in America could use some coming together. You can get a copy of Tom Doyle’s book “Killing Christians” from Jan Markell’s on line bookstore. https://olivetreeviews.org/store/products-from-other-ministries/killing-christians-book-detail
Keeping it honest and truthful…K