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Op-Ed: Most Christians Are Willing to Do Something Big for God, But How Many Will Do This?

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In “The Social Dilemma,” Jaron Lanier, “founding father” of virtual reality, suggests, “It’s the gradual, slight, imperceptible change in your own behavior and perception that is the product. … Changing what you do, how you think, who you are.”

Lanier goes on to illustrate how the small decisions we make online can lead to significant real-world changes. After all, “viral content may disappear — its consequences do not” (Trust Me, I’m Lying). Our small decisions are more consequential than we think.

The significance of small decisions isn’t a new insight. In 1966, economist Alfred Kahn illustrated the “tyranny of small decisions,” noting:

“Suppose, 75 years ago, some being from outer space had made us this proposition: ‘I know how to make a vehicle that could in effect put 200 horses at the disposal of each of you. … But the costs of this gadget are 40,000 lives per year, global warming, the decay of the inner city, endless commuting, and suburban sprawl.’… If there is a chance that we might have refused this offer had such a ‘big’ decision been presented to us, then our having reached the same result gradually by a series of individual purchases is a product of the tyranny of small decisions.”

Kahn reminds us that small choices can have big consequences. As such, believers would do well to consider how to “have the sort of slow, deliberate dialogues that reflect our deep conviction that discerning the Spirit is crucial to offering faithful testimony” (Thinking Christian).

How can we begin to consider the body of Christ in our day-to-day choices, particularly our choices about social media?

First, we should reconsider the power of small, faithful decisions. Dwight Moody once said, “There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.”

Our faith is rooted in the everyday choices we make. If we are to observe all the Lord’s instructions, we must consider how the small decisions we make reflect our love of God and neighbor.

Christians should not shy away from discussions in the public square or on social media. Yet, as we engage the issues the world faces, we must say and do what only we can. We look with eyes that see and listen with ears that hear.

We must ask ourselves how we reflect the glory of God if we always approach the world’s problems as the world does. Can we demonstrate the wisdom of obedience and the logic of faith if we only ever rely on our own strength?

This seems particularly important on social media. Do our efforts to hold leaders and organizations accountable by creating PR pressure really accomplish the goal of building up the body of Christ or proclaiming the gospel? Are we helping other believers develop the mind of Christ or think well about God, others, themselves and the world by participating in cancel culture or endorsing half-baked news stories?

It seems to me that these are the sorts of little decisions that will have negative consequences for the church in the future.

Second, we must remember that our small, faithful decisions are made possible by God’s empowering presence among us. When God brought Israel out of Egypt, he didn’t intend for Israel to be the new Egypt (Exodus 19:6). Israel would not require work without ceasing (Deuteronomy 5:12-15), condone stealing (Deuteronomy 5:19) or tolerate falsehood (Deuteronomy 5:20).

Israel still had material concerns, but God empowered them to address those concerns through obedience rather than leaving them solely dependent on human ingenuity. Similarly, Christians are to be a distinct people within the world confronting the challenges we face not through any means necessary, but through the faithful witness of the body and its members.

How does sharing the snarky meme criticizing policymakers reflect Christ? How does recommending or producing content that is likely to cause division or lead some of God’s people to be anxious or fearful build Christ’s body? Perhaps we should be hesitant to advance propaganda that draws on our tendency to act apart from God rather than following God into action.

Our decisions to post, share, like or retweet are not trivial because they can redirect the gaze of other believers away from God and toward the chaos and concerns of a broken world.

Finally, when we engage in “doomscrolling” the bad news that happens to be trending on a given day or choose to watch the next video YouTube recommends only to find we’ve been watching five-minute clips for an hour and a half, we are surrendering ourselves to influences and influencers who have little interest in seeing us become more faithful disciples of Jesus.

Being and making disciples for Christ creates problems for those who need us to think that what they are doing or offering is necessary and indispensable. Through discipleship we learn to step away from the anxieties of the day to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).

Social media platforms and the advertisers who utilize them compete for our attention. That is the nature of advertising. Marketing isn’t the real problem, though. It is what comes after the marketing. The deeper issue concerns what advertisers want us to become by engaging with their stories, products or services.

As God’s people, we are not primarily consumers, political activists or brand evangelists. We are Christians first. Our identity as disciples is primary. It governs and guides all other aspects of who we are.

We cannot allow the media (and social media in particular) to define reality. Instead, as we display the manifold wisdom of God, we will show a new way to live in a broken world and point to the reality of God’s presence available to all those who would dedicate their lives to following Jesus.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Private Jet Owned by Climate Alarmist Elon Musk Takes Flight of Just 31 Miles

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Stop it! Stop the climate change!

So says offbeat entrepreneur Elon Musk. Bill Gates, too — he’s so alarmed about the climate that he says we need to get rid of cows and eat plastic meat. Or something.

But why believe these guys? Both indulge in what Gates calls a “guilty pleasure.” Despite what they preach, Musk and Gates travel in private jets.

Last week, Musk’s jet was tracked — on Twitter, no less — flying from San Jose, California, to San Francisco. That’s about 31 miles, a flight lasting nine minutes, The Byte reported.

To be fair, there’s no record Musk was on that flight — it might have been moved for maintenance or something. But Gates’ guilty pleasure is extreme — he has four “business jets,” according to Simple Flying.

So while you save the planet chewing on a vegan burger, Gates gets to pollute the skies more than you and I probably will in several lifetimes.

Then there’s John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s go-to guy to fix the climate. He jetted aloft at least 16 times last year, and not in a government plane, but in a jet belonging to his family.

What is it with these people?

Musk’s brilliance is off the charts. And while he has some oddball ideas, Gates, of course, is also smart. But when it comes to hypocrisy and the optics of what they are doing, both are clueless.

To Musk, one of the world’s greatest threats is climate change. A carbon tax will solve that, he once told podcaster Joe Rogan.

We should tax behavior that produces carbon emissions and “the market will react in a sensible way,” Musk said, according to CNBC. “But because we don’t have a price on it, it is behaving badly.”

So rich guys like Musk can freely engage in their climate sins by offsetting their guilt with taxes? If that sounds familiar, you might recall Martin Luther and his thoughts on church sales of indulgences.

Unlike the growing number of neo-feudalists, Musk at least recognizes the potential carbon tax burdens on those who are not wealthy, who inevitably impact the climate in their little ways by heating their homes and by breathing.

Low-income users of large amounts of gas would get a carbon tax rebate, he said. And, by paying the tax, Musk is free to ride his jet. And of course, he’s one of the Good Guys since he’s saving the planet with his electric cars.

Gates, when not pushing to vaccinate everything that moves, worries about climate change, as outlined in his book “How to Avoid Climate Disaster.” Despite dumping 1,600 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere during his 59 private jet flights in 2017, he takes care of his conscience by buying clean aviation fuel and funding carbon-capture technology.

Carbon capture draws carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then stores it until needed for some kind of beneficial economic project. Apparently, no one considers carbon dioxide being converted into oxygen by plants as having economic value.

So the Musks and Gates and Kerrys continue to fly and to buy all their cool stuff. I don’t begrudge them that.

It’s just that some of us are skeptical about human-caused climate change. What we believe has been called “fraud” by Musk, according to Futurism.

But what do you call it when the rich guys get to pour filth in the skies while preaching cleanliness to us?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Stop it! Stop the climate change! So says offbeat entrepreneur Elon Musk. Bill Gates, too — he’s so alarmed about the climate that he says we need to get rid of cows and eat plastic meat. Or something. But why believe these guys? Both indulge in what Gates calls a “guilty pleasure.” Despite what they preach, Musk and Gates travel in private jets. Last week, Musk’s jet was tracked — on Twitter, no less — flying from San Jose, California, to San Francisco. That’s about 31 miles, a flight lasting nine minutes, The Byte reported. Landed in San Francisco, California, US. Apx. flt. time 9 Mins. pic.twitter.com/8vWvODLEOL — ElonJet (@ElonJet) May 6, 2022 To be fair, there’s no record Musk was on that flight — it might have been moved for maintenance or something. But Gates’ guilty pleasure is extreme — he has four “business jets,” according to Simple Flying. So while you save the planet chewing on a vegan burger, Gates gets to pollute the skies more than you and I probably will in several lifetimes. Then there’s John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s go-to guy to fix the climate. He jetted aloft at least 16 times last year, and not in a government plane, but in a jet belonging to his family. What is it with these people? Musk’s brilliance is off the charts. And while he has some oddball ideas, Gates, of course, is also smart. But when it comes to hypocrisy and the optics of what they are doing, both are clueless. To Musk, one of the world’s greatest threats is climate change. A carbon tax will solve that, he once told podcaster Joe Rogan. We should tax behavior that produces carbon emissions and “the market will react in a sensible way,” Musk said, according to CNBC.…

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Melania Trump Breaks Year-Long Public Silence to Call Out ‘Leadership’ Over ‘Heartbreaking’ Formula Shortage

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Former first lady Melania Trump, who spent her time in the White House calling attention to children the world forgot, said America’s infant formula shortage is “heartbreaking.”

Trump sat down with Pete Hegseth of Fox News for what is being reported as her first interview since leaving the White House, the Washington Examiner reported. The interview will air Sunday. Fox posted a clip of the interview on Friday.

“I think it’s sad to see what’s going on if you really look deeply into it,” Trump said when asked to assess the state of the country.


“I think a lot of people are struggling and suffering and what is going on around the world as well. So it’s very sad to see, and I hope it changes fast,” Trump added.

Hegseth then asked about the formula shortage.

“It’s heartbreaking to see that they are struggling and the food is not available for children in [the] 21st century in the United States of America,” Trump said.

“Why is it happening?” Hegseth asked.

“Leadership,” she said.

“Leadership or lack thereof?” he followed up.

The answer came in a heartbeat: “Yeah.”

President Joe Biden was asked Friday if his administration could have responded faster to the shortage.

“If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could have,” he told reporters, according to CNN.

In another clip posted by Fox, Trump spoke about the media bias she faced in the White House.


Hegseth noted that Vogue magazine never featured Trump on its cover, a distinction that went to Hillary Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama (three times), Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden.

“They’re biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” Trump said.

“And I think [the] American people and everyone see it. It was their decision, and I have much more important things to do — and I did in the White House — than being on the cover of Vogue.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Former first lady Melania Trump, who spent her time in the White House calling attention to children the world forgot, said America’s infant formula shortage is “heartbreaking.” Trump sat down with Pete Hegseth of Fox News for what is being reported as her first interview since leaving the White House, the Washington Examiner reported. The interview will air Sunday. Fox posted a clip of the interview on Friday. “I think it’s sad to see what’s going on if you really look deeply into it,” Trump said when asked to assess the state of the country. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com “I think a lot of people are struggling and suffering and what is going on around the world as well. So it’s very sad to see, and I hope it changes fast,” Trump added. Hegseth then asked about the formula shortage. “It’s heartbreaking to see that they are struggling and the food is not available for children in [the] 21st century in the United States of America,” Trump said. “Why is it happening?” Hegseth asked. “Leadership,” she said. “Leadership or lack thereof?” he followed up. The answer came in a heartbeat: “Yeah.” President Joe Biden was asked Friday if his administration could have responded faster to the shortage. “If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could have,” he told reporters, according to CNN. In another clip posted by Fox, Trump spoke about the media bias she faced in the White House. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Hegseth noted that Vogue magazine never featured Trump on its cover, a distinction that went to Hillary Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama (three times), Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden. “They’re biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” Trump said. “And I…

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