I could, if I wanted to, spend an insanely inordinate amount of time, just following up on the numerous Conspiracy Theories that are currently circulating on the Internet, via the various multi media application platforms such as Twitter or Facebook as examples, on the Corona Virus or Covid 19. Plus, some of these Conspiracy Theories have a tendency to dove tail into one another with associated implications or accumulative associations. In other words, the rabbit hole of your choice just keeps getting deeper and deeper.
I have already posted a number of articles on the dangers associated with buying into these conspiracy theories, especially as it pertains to how it can affect the credibility of our Christian witness to non-Christians. You can view some of these posts here, here, here, here and here, should you wish to do so.
What I find as very disturbing is the number of Christians who not only buy into these conspiracy theories but also advocate the immediate propagation of the latest “gem” that they have found, via comments such as “share! share! share!” or “repost! repost! repost!” without even taking the time to do some basic homework on the individual and the background of the individual who is promoting this latest “gem”. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do the research, but it does take time and for some reason that escapes my mind, the mere fact that it has been displayed on the Internet warrants its acceptance by many, without any due diligence.
Imagine if you will that I published a video where I stated that I had proof that Jesus was married and that his bones had been found in a crypt in Jerusalem. Would you immediately repost or share it or would you check into the validity of my academic credentials and the authenticity of my claims? The answer to that question should be obvious to everyone but this common sense approach does not seem to be followed by a good percentage of people who allow their mind to be persuaded by conspiracy theories.
If you take everything that is claimed at face value, without verifying its credibility and authenticity, are you as a Christian, exercising your responsibility as a steward of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, when you disseminate misinformation or disinformation that is designed to motivate others into believing their particular insight, through fear? I believe that Satan has a large number of cards in the deck that he wants us to get distracted with and he doesn’t care one hoot which card you pick, just as long as you pick one. He wants us to take our eyes off of Jesus, he wants us to lean into our own understanding or the understanding of someone else, he wants fear to over ride the peace that we are to have in Jesus. These factors, and others, are covered in the links that I have provided above in previous posts.
The following links are resources that anyone can use should you wish to do so. The key observation to note is that they will not do you any good at all if you do not use them. Yes it takes time but there are valid reasons why we do not take claims seriously without first checking the consensus of those who are qualified to render an opinion on what is being claimed. Sometimes you will get differing opinions by equally qualified professionals but you are still able to get a feel for what the common consensus is and what is a “fringe” opinion and why it is a “fringe” opinion and which category this current opinion that you are validating, falls into. Discernment involves work. These tools are available, please use them.
You can use the Google Fact Checker below to find results from Full Fact (a fact-checking non-profit in the U.K.), FactCheck.org (from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania), Snopes (which debunks online rumours and myths), PolitiFact (an American politics fact-checker) and more.