The US Congress Measure to Ban TikTok is NOT Good for Christians

The United States Congress just voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would ban the Chinese controlled TikTok app from operating in the United States. The bill passed the House 352 to 65 showing bipartisan support with backing from both House Speaker Mike Johnson (Republican) and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat).  This is a similar measure that Donald Trump tried to pass in 2020 with executive order.

Many people around the world, including Christians, are celebrating this measure, but not so fast. This might not be as good as many people think – especially for Christians.

Episode 728: US Ban of TikTok

The problem that many people, including Christians, have is that TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company controlled by the Communist Party. This has led to TikTok bans in India, Taiwan, and even Afghanistan. TikTok is already partially banned on government phones in most countries including Canada, Australia, the UK, and most of the European Union, as well as the United States.

However, the current bill that the United States congress is passing is a complete ban on TikTok.

Isn’t it a good thing to ban TikTok? TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that can have easy access to hundreds of millions of user account data. This allows the Chinese government to target the movement, habits, and purchasing of users. As we have seen during the Israel-Hamas war, TikTok has become one of the number one news sources for young people in the world, which gives China considerable clout when pushing agendas. This also gives China the power to sway entire elections in their favor.

Most people would agree that this is a clear threat to national security. However, there might be something even greater at stake here for Christians: freedom of speech.

Freedoms are rarely taken away in the name of blatant tyrannical control. They are more often handed over by a population in exchange for protection and security. Few people understand this more than the Chinese Communist Party, who regularly takes away freedoms from Christians in the name of national security and protection.

China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Wenbin, responded to the Congressional vote on TikTok with, “In recent years, though the US has never found any evidence of TikTok posing a threat to the US’s national security, it has never stopped going after TikTok. Such practice of resorting to hegemonic moves when one could not succeed in fair competition disrupts the normal operation of businesses, undermines the confidence of international investors in the investment environment, sabotages the normal economic and trade order in the world and will eventually backfire on the US itself.”

China’s response is almost laughable since they have banned almost every social media outlet on the planet including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Google, etc.  But what excuse did China give for banning these communication apps?  To protect the people – to protect social harmony.  How were they used?  They were used to stop Christians from sharing the Good News with one another.  The bans have been used to suppress the Christian, not protect them.

China’s hypocritical stance, if it teaches us anything, it shows that any law restricting freedom of speech that is used to protect the people, can just as easily be used to restrict the people and that is a subject that all Christians should be aware of.

Tulsi Gabbard, an American politician and United States Army Reserve officer posted on X a reminder to all Christians.

 

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