What does it mean to ‘trust in the Lord
with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding?’ Actually, the question
is answered pretty clearly in the very next
“In all thy ways acknowledge Him and
He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs
It sounds too simple. No wonder I am
evidently having so much trouble
with it. Since I first floated the idea of
developing redundancies using existing
social networking platforms, I’ve been
informed by email and otherwise that what I
should really be doing is trusting
in the Lord.
I thought I was. But maybe I don’t get
it. To me, there is a difference
between trusting in the Lord and tempting
For example, I could trust in
the Lord to keep me safe (and I do).
But I wouldn't lie down on a busy freeway to
test Him to see if He really will.
I trust the Lord will preserve me through
the flu season. But I still get a flu
shot and I practice good sanitation when I
am around somebody that seems sick.
Am I being unfaithful to the Lord by
getting a flu shot? Instead of being careful
to wash my hands, shouldn’t I just trust the
I trust that the Lord will keep and
preserve the Omega Letter Fellowship.
After all, it exists to serve Him, it
consists of His people, and it is focused on
keeping the saints informed of events coming
our way so that we can prepare ourselves to
I trust the Lord to meet our needs, but I
still pay the bills to keep the OL online.
The Lord provides the money, but He doesn’t
pay the bills for me.
And I don’t necessarily like
everybody I do the Lord's business with.
I’m not crazy about my ISP, but it is
necessary that I pay them if I want to stay
But judging from my email, preparing for
internet censorship by developing existing
social networking sites means that I’m not
trusting the Lord to preserve us.
If only I had sufficient trust in the
Lord, such carnal preparations would be
I have avoided the various social
networking sites because to this point, they
have seemed unnecessary. The Omega Letter
was a social networking site years before
Mark Zuckerberg dreamed up Facebook.
Why would another be necessary?
But that was before the
Department of Homeland Security began
seizing domains. At first it was
sites promoting terrorism seized by the DHS.
I was ok with that.
then they started seizing peer-to-peer file
sharing sites for copyright
I was less ok with that. I
don’t condone theft of intellectual
property, but there are courts for
that. The Department of Homeland Security
wasn’t empowered to be a collection agent
for the motion picture or record industry.
But once the public got used to the idea
that it was ok for the government to seize a
website domain first and ask questions
later, DHS did what governments do.
expanding the reasons why. DHS/ICE shut
down at least seventy-six domains in 2010,
one for simply linking to a
Christian websites that teach the coming
of antichrist, the Second Coming of Christ,
opposes abortion, supports the Second
Amendment or support the military
are already in DHS's crosshairs as
right-wing extremists and potential
It is only a matter of time before
somebody at DHS develops a working rationale
that justifies the seizure of websites
critical of the administration as a threat
to national security.
Once that happens, it will be too late to
do anything about it. This is one of the
absolute truths of government. Power
corrupts, and absolute power corrupts
It is not a lack of faith in God that
prompts me to seek alternatives in the event
that the Omega Letter becomes
unreachable. Neither is it an expression of
trust in Facebook or Twitter. Or even an
endorsement of them.
There is a story I’ve shared before about
the Christian who trusted God to preserve
him through a rising flood.
As the waters began to rise, a
rescue boat came by to take him to
safety. “Go save somebody else,”
he said. “God will preserve me.”
Later, as the waters forced him
to the second floor, another rescue boat
came by. He sent it away as well.
Finally, as he stood upon the roof of
his house, he waved away a rescue
The guy was eventually swept away
and drowned. Standing before the
Lord, he protested. “I trusted You to
preserve me and You let me drown.
How could You leave me to my own devices
“I don’t know what you mean,” the
Lord replied. “I sent you two
boats and a helicopter.”
These social networking sites exist in
every country on earth. There are more
Facebook accounts than there are citizens of
North America, including Canada and Mexico.
It isn’t exactly the same as two boats
and a helicopter, but to my way of thinking,
it comes pretty close.
The Bible promises that in the last days,
censorship will run rampant.
(Preaching Jesus will earn you a one-way
trip to a guillotine.)
We're not there yet, but we are
to the point where preaching Jesus
can earn you a date with a judge.
Let me here address some specific
concerns about the plan. And if I fail
to address your specific concern,
please let me know.
First, it has been mentioned that the
Omega Letter is aimed at teaching mature
Christians. Yes. That hasn't changed.
But the days are growing short and I am
under conviction from the Lord that we need
to do more for the lost.
By way of analogy, if the Omega Letter is
a church home, then Facebook would be akin
to street preaching. Not
having a Christian Facebook page because
'there be heathens there!' seems somewhat,
Hal Lindsey has told me many times over
the years, "I'd preach at the gates of Hell
provided nobody told me what to say!"
(If Hal is willing to charge the gates of
Hell, I ought to be brave enough to go on
Secondly, the Facebook page will
never replace the Omega Letter.
My principle focus will always remain the
While the decision may seem sudden from
where you sit, believe me, it is something
we've been working on for some time. It has
been on my front burner ever since the first
DHS seizure notice turned up on the web.
Finally, no Omega Letter member has to
join Facebook to continue to receive the
Omega Letter or to fellowship in the forums.
The social networking option is just that –
another option -- in addition - not
in place of, the existing OL.
It isn’t part of the Omega Letter website
in any way. None of your information goes
from the Omega Letter to Facebook.
Nobody is automatically included or signed
up without their knowledge.
It is simply my Facebook page to
which you are invited -- IF you want to. Or
Meanwhile, everything about the Omega
Letter remains the same. Nothing changes.
Preparing redundancies at this point on
the Bible timeline isn’t evidence of a lack
of faith. If anything, it is quite the
opposite. I have faith the Bible is true.
I’m relying on the Lord. AND any
boats or helicopters He sends our way.