This past week, a famous TikTok star posted a short video on her profile. The famous influencer Ellie Zeiler blamed the recently high gas prices on the Russian Leader Vladimir Putin.
According to reporting at the Daily Wire, “White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and national security staffers met last week with 30 TikTok stars to discuss the war in Ukraine. Zeiler — an 18-year-old with 10.5 million followers — said that “she hopes to remain in communication with the White House and continue to press officials there about key issues,” the Washington Post reported. “I’m here to relay the information in a more digestible manner to my followers,” she said. “I would consider myself a White House correspondent for Gen Z.”
This is a prime example of how left-wing organizations will leverage top influencers to push their agendas. Don’t get me wrong, I am okay with an administration using influencers; but I’m not okay with blatant indoctrination of falsehood. Why? Because it’s the next generation--your kids and mine--who are being influenced by “picture perfect” role models who are insistent upon going viral and gaining a following.
I don’t know who Ellie Zeiler, and I am not saying she is a horrible person. I am not even going to get into the claims of high gas prices themselves (that’s a totally different discussion) and why they are actually soaring through the roof. I am simply using this as an example to show how the next generation is being coerced into the ideologies of leftist culture and thinking by many of the “elites” that they follow on social media.
The devil is so subtle in his attempts to taint the minds of our children.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1Peter 5:8).
All he has to do is take a seemly innocent Youtube channel about funny cats and associate it with cultural doctrine. Then, the viewers become sympathetic towards those false doctrines simply because the channel or influencer has made them feel good in the past. They connect something they like and a good feeling with the idea that's being taught. After a while, they grow somewhat dependent upon this influencer (whom they have never met) for guidance and voilá! – they are not just followers, they are disciples!
Can I encourage you? Know whom your kids follow on social media. Be actively engaged with the digital life of your teens. Don’t take everything you hear as truth. In a world where everyone wants to influence you and your kids, be sure to give all diligence to the truth.
Choose your teachers. Don’t let them choose you.