By Shawn Mathis
For six years, I was given free reign to write from an explicitly Christian perspective on any issue at a new national news site, Examiner.com. I published irenic opinion pieces or newsy articles about current events, including gay marriage, transgenderism, and the legal harassment of Christians.
Just after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling, I was chosen as a reliable news source for direct publication to the Google news-search cycle. I was the fourth-most read author in the Western region and twelfth in the nation (out of over three hundred writers).
But after publishing the truth about gay marriage, I lost my side job as a news writer.
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After Obergefell, I had cranked out five articles in six days. That last day I published my last article, “The increasing marginalization of Christianity and why it is a good thing.”
Thirty minutes later my inbox had the dreaded email: “[Your] content is not the right fit.” It was so unfit that they deleted all six-years’ worth of my articles.
I was not surprised. It was a fitting warning for a new age of conformity. They had the legal right to lay me off for any undisclosed reason. Other writers had their anti-Obergefell articles removed as well.
I am not a martyr. I am not complaining. But I am urging Christians to “watch,
stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.Let all that you do be done with love” (1Cor. 16:13).
Shawn Mathis is pastor of Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church. His website is PastorMathis.com.
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