On July 31, 2018 it was announced that Facebook had discovered dozens of fictitious Facebook pages created simply to divide one American against another, to get groups agitated, protesting and rioting. The evidence presented seems to point to Russian operatives. A short time before that the news media released a report that said in the 2016 election Russian operatives were seeking to interfere with our democratic election process in addition to the anti-Clinton posts there were anti-Trump posts. This sounds like a page right out of the KGB playbook for the 1960s and 70s.
Those of us who lived through the era remember the strong protests against the Vietnam war and the shameful way Vietnam veterans were treated when they returned home from serving in Vietnam. It was suspected then and later proved that the Soviet Union was trying to stir up social unrest in our country. The proof came after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the release of many KGB files.
Personally, I don’t think the Russians care who wins our elections, I think their agenda is to divide our country against itself. With human nature being what it is, that isn’t too difficult to do. Jesus said that a nation divided against itself by civil war or a family divided against itself by feuding will fall apart. (See the Gospel of Mark 3:24-25). Unfortunately, we see a variety of reasons to divide, feud and fight. (I will not get into individual causes in this blog.)
This is a social war being waged against us as a nation. The truth of Jesus’ statement has been proven many times throughout history. Many have warned us that America will never fall from the outside but may collapse from within. Enemy operatives create the fires of discontent and then pour fuel on the flames. (Enemy operatives will come from a variety of countries, organized crime cartels, and others who seek our demise as a nation.)
How do we fight back? I think God has some answers that will help us, if we will listen and apply them.
The first thing we need to do is apply Philippians 4:8 where is tells us to focus our thinking on the things that are true, honorable, praiseworthy, right, etc. We need to try to think the best of people, even those we disagree with or just plain don’t like.
The second thing we need to do is to avoid extremes. Solomon warned against going to extremes in Ecclesiastes 7:18. (This passage needs to be read in the context of the entire book as he is not endorsing sin as could be inferred by lifting it out of context.) The agitators push people to the extremes either to the right or to the left until they go to war against each other. Avoid these extremes.
Third, we need to try and get along with people. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:18, “Do all you can to live in peace with everyone.” -New Living Translation.