Educational videos about how to invest according to biblical values are dangerous and deserving of censorship. At least that seems to be the opinion of YouTube, who recently cancelled the video page for Inspire Investing, without warning or any apparent basis.
Emblazoned in a bright red box across our (previous) video page on YouTube is the following message:
This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.
That’s it. No explanation, no warning, just a vague reference to YouTube’s Terms of Service.
Christians Previously Targeted By YouTube
This is not the first time YouTube has censored Christian voices on it’s platform. A quick Google search returns many such stories.
I am not a conspiracy theorist, but it seems rather odd that most of these stories follow a similar path. No warning, no explanation, and all of them related to comments about LGBT issues or Islam.
But I’m sure there is no connection. Just a coincidence.
Count It All Blessing
Jesus said, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Matthew 5:11).
Echoing his Savior, the apostle Peter later wrote, “12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:12-14).
No YouTube In Heaven
It should not be a surprise to us when we face adversity for heralding the name of Jesus. Even attacks as minor as this inconvenience of a cancelled YouTube channel are reminders that this world is not our friend.
And, thankfully, this world is not our home.
Our home is with Jesus, and I’m pretty sure there won’t be any YouTube in Heaven. After all, who has time to watch a video when we could be gazing into the glorious, radiant, all-satisfying face of God?
Oh, and our videos? They are doing just fine. You can binge watch all of them right here on our new video library.
Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media. Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.
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