Look, if you're going to post a video...

Look, if you're going to post a video that is filled with misinformation, lies, and conspiracy theories about a "cure" for Covid, I'm going to mark it as fake news and ask Facebook to remove it. It's not a violation of your right to free speech that it's being removed. It's not "the censor" coming to get you. That kind of information will lead to yet more sickness and death in this country.

The more that any of my fellow Christians post baseless medical claims; refuse to wear a mask; and in general act like "infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming" (Ephesians 4:14), the harder my job becomes in helping people know the good news that Jesus is King.

Christians are to:

"Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders" (Col 4:5)

Have their "daily life may win the respect of outsiders" (1 Thess 4:12)

And "have a good reputation with outsiders, so that they will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap" (1 Tim 3:7)

Of even more importance than our reputation is Christians' desire to be truth-bearers. "For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth" (2 Cor. 13:8). But the more Christians refuse the truth of Covid, the more we ruin our reputation as well.

If we keep falling for the same misinformation and tricks over and over again, not-yet-believers are going to wonder why anyone would want to join a group that, by all outside perspectives, looks insistent on hurting others.

Anthony Parrott

Anthony Parrott

Washington, DC