An object lesson in handling persecution

The website and app called Nextdoor (ND) claims its mission is “By bringing neighbors and organizations together, we can cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.” Further the site claims “Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those nearby–neighbors, businesses, and public services. We believe connecting with others is a universal human need. That truth, and the reality that neighborhoods are among the most important communities in our lives, have been guiding principles for Nextdoor since the beginning.” Yet, Nextdoor censors truth and religious speech.

Nextdoor boasts “305,000 members, 1 in three US households” to “Share critical, real-time information directly at the neighborhood level.” Nextdoor, stresses kindness on its site. So what about those who Nextdoor disagrees with? A good friend of mine, Randy F from Texas, posted a recent Daily Jot about the arming of IRS agents and other government agencies and how that is a threat to your freedom of speech and religious freedom. It was promptly removed. The ensuing conversation revealed much. Randy was told: “There’s absolutely no reason for you to start your first post with an explanation of how to say God or why do you [use a] certain term for God. Plus your whole rant in that post is a debunked conspiracy theory about the IRS which I personally take offense to but that being said you might review your sources.

“Leave your religion out of this and please remove the quote at the bottom, “It’s getting to a point where the choice will be clear as it was to Peter and the Apostles in Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” That is our true liberty.” Randy asked “Who are you? Are you with ND? This is freedom of speech. Are you trying to censor it?” The reply: “I was just pointing out that your constant references to religion in the main feed were offensive take that however you wish as a user of the site. I thought it would be better to speak to you in private about the issue rather than discussing it in the main feed. Have a great day.” Randy boldly pushed back saying that this person did censor him and that the post was just the truth, ending with “I will pray for you.”

This was the second post of Randy’s that was removed in the past 10 days. The Daily Jot doesn’t tell anyone how to say “God.” It states what the Jot means when referring to God. Next, arming the IRS was confirmed by the Director of the IRS, it is not a conspiracy theory, and the arming of other agencies is also documented by reliable sources. The ND moderator was admittedly personally offended by the facts as well as the references to religion and the quoting of scripture. Christ said in Matthew 24:9 that believers “shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Examples like this demonstrate how that hate will take place, even under the veil of “kindness.” Randy’s example of not getting angry, but boldly educating and showing love through prayer is a strong response. Eventually, the post was reposted.

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Bill Wilson