Facebook seems to be blanking me. Their loss! I’m wondering if I have offended some thin-skinned arbiter of political correctness by my posts and comments, or if my computer is simply getting old and slow like its mama.
Whatever Fb may be feeling, I’ve probably offended at least two old friends, both confessed practising Christians, by commenting on posts they uploaded that shocked me. Is Fb taking their side against me?
The first was a post about Denmark’s policy towards refugees, which is basically that of the Three Wise Monkeys: blind, deaf and mute. Or in practical terms, lock ‘em out, and if they do get in, starve ‘em out. To which I simply wrote “Matthew 25:40” (the reference is to the verse The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’)
The second is a video showing a young woman who identifies herself as Yugoslavian – though she looks far too young to remember any of the events that led to the disintegration of that country – who claims to be warning the world in general and the USA in particular of the dangers of failing to learn from history. The first ten minutes of her impassioned diatribe give a fairly accurate historical account of the fall of Yugoslavia, and exhort the USA to beware of falling into the same traps.
Then she turns to the First and Second Amendments of the Constitution of the USA and my ears pricked up in disbelief. She goes on to conclude, by meretricious and specious arguments, that Donald J Trump is the saviour of the world. I cannot believe that my FB friend has fallen for this, so my comment on her Facebook page – again based on St Matthew – was to the effect that sending Beelzebub to drive out devils has never worked, and wondering if she has been brainwashed. My friend is probably miffed and now my ex-friend. But I could NOT let that pass.
I find it extremely disturbing that, even as Trump freely provides more and more evidence of his dangerous incompetence, so many American Christians continue to support him. How is it possible? Perhaps I hit on the right analogy in my earlier remarks: the Three Wise Monkeys.