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December 25, 2019 Spotlight on local Churches PASTOR'S CORNER by Pastor Chris Fuller Turn to God, not social media merica is divided/ polarized as never before, and people are wondering what to make of it or what to do. Polarization where people divide themselves into sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs, and these political/ religious communities are sometimes called “tribes.” I am hoping and praying some reflections and suggestions make America a better place, and help Christians have a better witness. A contributor to polarization is Facebook and social media, and there are multiple reasons for this. First, most people have “friends” or followers who believe simi- larly. These friends reinforce and strengthen what they already be— lieve. This is nothing new. An old saying is, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Facebook and social media makes flocking together easier. Second, people say things on—line that they probably would Pastor Chris ullor not say face to face. Facebook confrontations are often callous and uncaring. Third, Facebook does not fact-check political ads. They also do a poor job of monitoring other posts and articles. This results in many newsy—looking posts that are misleading and/or false. What looks and sounds like news is not. Comparing major news outlets to Facebook is comparing apples to oranges. Fourth, political and religious groups, and even other countries, are'using Facebook to influence thinking and believing through decep- tive communications. Facebook and social media are great for family photos but poor at helpful confrontation and building a healthy community. Another factor in polarization is that most people currently trust their political tribe more than their faith’s teachings. America has moved away from its past religious and spiritual moor- ings. Many people even view God and country as equally important in practice, even though they deny it There are religious leaders who commu- nicate political positions in conflict with scripture, and there are people who put their trust in éiflilililliiléiilllliiiliiléifééiiliiiiiilliiilliiliiiéffiiiili ters over scripture and the Holy Spirit Another factor in polarization is that people view their tribe with their heart but view other tribes with their mind. When presented with unflattering facts about their tribe, many people immediately think of facts about the other tribe they consider worse. People are more forgiving of people in their tribe. This disparity only adds to distance people feel towards those not of their tribe. So, what are Christians to do? First, we need to get on our knees and epent! The Christian community is citizens of heaven. Second, I recom- mend'we spend more time face to face and less time on-line. It’s harder to misunderstand or criticize someone in front of you. Third, it is scriptural to confront people privately and not publicly (Matthew 18: 15- 17). Fourth, do not use Facebook as a news source. Stop sharing posts that look like they are news even if they contain some true facts. Finally, do not let politics influence your faith, and let your faith become more important than politics. Mark 12:17 says, “Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God What is God’s.” Christians need to put God first! Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these shall be added Dec.29 unto you.” Monroe County Com- Rev. Chris Fuller is the pastor of Russelhiille missioners on Tuesday, Baptist Church, 111 Russellville Rd, Forsyth. Dec_ 17 auowed District 1 The Pastor’s Comer is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets 53310122222661.0153:th vans on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 . . ’ am. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417N. dlscretl‘marl’ funds ‘0 Bev- Frontage Road, Forsyth. Rums Whatley for semng e C Lee Smith 994-1666 Mon Fri 10 to 7 ...Unless Playing Golf known more for its political leanings than its teachings. We need 0 seek the Holy Spirit for direction DEC 27 in our lives instead of trusting other Brooke White ources or people. Psalm 146: 3 states, ‘Do not put your trust in princes, in Dec 28 . human beings, who cannot save.” As Christians, we are first and foremost Be“ Andrews Page 33 lg ‘ ,: {germs Red-agwssiT-‘Shinl on‘oppolnfmeni;~ogonto I. ‘ -, mdcmsbloodorg ond’enter , “WWW. . 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