Some social media guidelines:
- Don't believe everything you read on the Internet just because there's a picture next to a quote. Vet and verify. Progressives and conservatives alike post "fake news" and misattributed quotes.
- Be wary of article titles and bylines. They often say one thing, yet the article says another. Media needs money to operate (news is a business). Misleading titles and bylines can be clickbait. Our media is owned by a handful of folks. Rupert Murdoch owns both Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Both of these news sources often clash on opinions and reporting. Yet money is getting made on the conflict of news and "truth" - by the same person. It's like owning both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.
- No political party has a monopoly on the truth, and both parties issue war cries and make promises they can't keep. They always have. No one is going to take away anyone's guns, and Mexico will not pay for the wall to be built.
- Religious interest groups and caucuses see their rivals as extremists and make the most noise. Yet few Americans subscribe to extremism.
- Labels are rarely helpful - or even accurate. Just more rhetoric. This applies to politics, and to Christianity.
- Many of the Founding Fathers warned about the evils of a two-party system. John Adams: "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." The two-party system reflects human nature, but it does not reflect the wishes of the Founding Fathers.
- The words of Jesus are clear - choose which Kingdom you give your allegiance to: Caesar, or Christ. To quote my friend Eddie Bromley, "If the Democratic or Republican plank has become your Gospel, why do you still need the church?"
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
But give me Jesus. - Spiritual, author unknown