In all my years of living on this planet, I don’t believe that I have ever seen so many, well meaning Christians, become so consumed by theories of who is causing what, and the subsequent motives and goals that are behind them, as I do today. A few months ago, I started to ponder and pray about, what exactly it was that I was seeing, where a consuming distrust and a strong compulsion, was gripping so many, thereby causing much division and harm, within the body of Christ.
At the time, I didn’t understand God’s reasoning, but I did understand the internal witness of God’s Holy Spirit, that directed me to stop going down rabbit holes and to focus on Jesus. And even though I was encouraged, by some well meaning Christians, to consider the tentative realities of some of these conspiracy theories, I declined to do so. It was a personal decision that I felt led to do and I am glad that I did.
My logical mind saw the dangers associated with taking hearsay at face value, without validating the accusations that were being made and taking into account the history and motives of those who made these accusations, not to mention, the opposing opinions of those who were acknowledged professionals in the specific areas being questioned and I subsequently put together a couple of posts that advocated the necessity of Christians taking the time to authenticate sources and how to follow some basic fact checking principles.
But that is NOT the reasoning behind what is happening.
These couple of posts were just some common sense guidance with regard to how and why we should not be disseminating misinformation or disinformation onto others before we follow through with taking the prudent responsible steps, we are all called to do.
And since making that decision to not go down rabbit holes, every time that I read or study God’s Word, I continually receive reinforcement via the internal witness of God’s Holy Spirit, that focusing on Jesus is the correct path to walk in. It doesn’t matter where I am reading, the reinforcement is always the same.
So I knew that what I was doing was what God wanted me to do, but I did not, at that time, understand the reasoning behind why.
Obviously I am just an ordinary layperson, so all I can ask of you is to consider and pray about what I am now sharing.
The effects of buying into any one or more of the numerous conspiracy theories that are currently rampant, doesn’t always make itself immediately known, but the effects are real, nevertheless. And I would ask you, what in reality, are the effects of these conspiracy theories? It causes fear, which in turn causes doubt, which in turn, causes a diminishment of faith. We don’t always see it because it is subtle, it starts out relatively small but the more time and effort we expend into it, that fear grows.
Fear is what Peter experienced when he stood in the courtyard of the High Priest’s house when they had seized Jesus (Luke 22:54-62 ESV). Remember when Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter (John 1:42 ESV)? Simon is what he was previously called, Peter is what Jesus called him. I know there are reasons why Jesus changed Simons name but I want you to notice something when Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him.
Luke 22:31-34 ESV
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
Why would Jesus call Peter “Simon” when He had already named him Peter?
Jesus uses Peter’s old name, his earthly flesh name to show the contrast between what he falls back into or allows and what he will be again, “WHEN YOU HAVE TURNED AGAIN”, strengthen your brothers, and then Jesus calls him Peter when Jesus tells him he will indeed deny Him three times.
And what would Simon turn from? Earthly fleshly Fear.
That is indeed what we buy into when we go down those rabbit holes and not only do we go down the rabbit holes, but we also encourage others to do likewise.
I am NOT advocating sticking our heads in the sand and ignoring what is happening around us, I can be aware of what the various conspiracy theories are, but I do not have to drill down into each one of them nor do I have to disseminate them to others so that others can drill down into them too.
Consider this words that Jesus gave us: John 16:33 NASB:
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Whether we recognize it or not, when we focus on that which we deem is being controlled by others, we turn our faith away from He who is in control.
Jesus doesn’t tell us to ignore the tribulation but He also doesn’t tell us, that is where our focus is to be.
I’m going to close this post with one more verse from Isaiah 8:12-13:
“Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread.”
This is what Matthew Henry partially comments on for the context of this Scripture:
“The prophet challenges the enemies of the Jews. Their efforts would be vain, and themselves broken to pieces. It concerns us, in time of trouble, to watch against all such fears as put us upon crooked courses for our own security. The believing fear of God preserves against the disquieting fear of man. If we thought rightly of the greatness and glory of God, we should see all the power of our enemies restrained. The Lord, who will be a Sanctuary to those who trust in him, will be a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, to those who make the creature their fear and their hope.”
I respectfully put these thoughts out for your consideration.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!