Navigating Conspiracies

COVID-19 has churned up its share of medical, economic, and political froth, hasn’t it? I’ve never seen so much turmoil on such a global scale. It’s pandemic pandemonium.

Not surprisingly, theories abound as to the origin, handling, and even the existence of the virus. To add to the mix, quarantined people have more time to read blogs, watch videos, search websites and interact on social media. Or should I say argue.

Some of us seem to believe the media and the state—the “official” sources—without question. Others show the same level of trust in sources that contradict them. We all seem to want to believe someone or something, but we disagree as to what.

What I hope to offer in this time of conflicting theories is a guiding principle of investigation from God’s Word. It won’t tell you what to believe, but it will give guidance as to how to arrive at what.

This guidance is found in Ephesians 5:8-13:

“Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

Clearly, God doesn’t want us deceived. We are children of light, people of truth. We are to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (I’m supplying the italics in this blog to help make my points.)

So, we should dig down into all these conspiracies and expose them, right? After all, we’re children of light and carriers of truth to a world in darkness. It’s our duty to know all the facts on everything from 5G to the accuracy of the death toll, and to expose it to the world, right?

Not so fast. The next verse helps balance us out. It says, “It is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” Notice that the secret things are not for us to even speak about. I believe there are two reasons for this. One, delving into secret sins can cause moral injury through exposure. By beholding we can become changed into the evil we behold. In addition, secrets tend to be a never-ending kaleidoscope of possibilities that distract us from the light rather than leading us to it. The thought continues, “All things that are exposed are made manifest by the light.” This gives us a precious key to exposing darkness. Don’t try to expose darkness on its own terms. Expose it with the light.

Here’s my takeaway: We should expose things for what they are. But stick to the things we all know and can prove, lest we get embroiled in a war of uncertainties. Everyone knew the emperor was naked, but the little boy was honest enough to say it. Putting it in today’s context: Everyone knows we’re being forced to shelter-in-place, that the population has received government funds, and that online entities are controlling “harmful information.” Let’s discuss how these developments may relate to the scenarios we see in prophecy.

But let’s stay curious about the details for which we have limited proof. Realize that a license to practice medicine doesn’t make a person honest, and that having an official-looking website means little more than that one has a good web designer. There are many fallible sources of “proof.” It’s okay to suspend judgment until we have more substantial evidence.

But most of all, let’s trust God to give us the light we need, when we need it. For He said:

“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14).

14 thoughts on “Navigating Conspiracies

  1. Thomas Lane Reply

    I always liked your outlook on this topic, Jen. There are way too many conspiracy theories out there. Most of them are very far fetched; some seem believable but not provable.

  2. Jeanine Goodwin Reply

    The Bible tells us that “in the last days, perilous (dangerous) times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). If this pandemic isn’t a sign of “perilous times” I don’t know what is. Whether it is bio-warfare (as I’m inclined to believe) or a real disease issued forth from the carcass of a bat, it is dangerous to humanity and should be taken seriously in terms of being mindful of our health and the health of strangers and those around us. But pay attention to verse 2 and through verse 5 as a description of these perilous times: “For men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying its power: from such turn away.” It isn’t disease, earthquakes, floods, global warming, or other natural disasters that we are told are dangerous, for such is the earth’s natural response to the following; it is a human being without the Spirit of God that 2 Timothy 3 identifies as the largest menace to society and greatest threat to humanity that we can know/experience.

    And yet, God even makes provision for His followers in verse 9: “But they shall proceed no further: for their folly (error) will be manifest to all men (everyone)…” Speaking to your point, Jennifer, of light making manifest or exposing the things done in secret. 1 John 1:5 tells us that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. By beholding Jesus Christ, and Him being our constant vision, we find that anything that is not like Him can be clearly identified. The Bible also tells us in Psalm 119:105, that God’s Word is a lamp…and a light. Isaiah 8:20 admonishes that if one does not speak according to the Word, there is no light in them. I could go on, but I’m hoping the point is becoming clear. Though it may be that we are surrounded by darkness, Christ is the light of life. As He said in John 8, “He that follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

  3. moniquemiller Reply

    II appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you for writing & sharing,

  4. Mark T Phelps Reply

    I have seen a lot of ministers who say Bill Gates will be inventing a vaccine with a chip to inject into us for 2020 ID. Now of course these ministers say that is the Mark of the Beast, or part of it anyhow. I don’t believe or follow their belief if they don’t claim to keep all the law and the testimony though, in which most of them, if not all of them do not follow.

  5. Cathy Law Reply

    Astute observations, Jennifer by yourself and Jeanine. As I was reading your article, I was reflecting on how we can both “expose them”, but yet not get into chasing a rabbit trail all over the place. As you came to Ephesians 5:13, it came clear to my mind: the light will expose the error! So it directs us to pursue the light, rather than the uncertain information. Yes, there are times when we are to follow information, comparing it with light to fully work through the truth. However, it seems most hit “forward” on their email far too impulsively to share completely unvetted information. I fear it usually gives more publicity to the questionable (or worse, erroneous) information than it deserves. I see uplifting the light (specifically, repeating a “thus saith the Lord”) and refusing to argue about abstracts and speculations, is the best weapon to expose error.

    One more principle that I often repeat to myself when I am sooo tempted to pronounce contempt upon some authority that I disagree with: II Peter 2:12, “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.” (Cross reference Jude 10) We only see a sliver of the issue. Only God sees the entire Great Controversy unfolding in all its breath-taking drama.

  6. Susan Field Reply

    Thank you Jennifer for being the voice of reason once again. May God remove the spirit of fear and grant us sound minds……
    Time is funneling.

  7. Mitchell Nicholaides Reply

    Yes, focus on certainties, especially this–God is good and reigns–and keep learning. Look at what the SDA Bible Commentary says [among other things] on those verses in Ephesians. On “expose” or “reprove” [in v. 11]: “The Christian cannot be neutral, a passive observer in the face of wickedness; he must be aggressive in exposure and denunciation of sin.” On “it is shameful even to speak of…things…done…in secret” [in v. 12]:
    “Christian delicacy and refinement will not permit the discussion of certain things… Usually it is sufficient to name evils without describing them…in detail. A certain frankness is to be commended, but little can be said in favor of the startling bluntness with which sin is often discussed in our …age. Paul named and denounced sinful vices (vs. 3-5), but he did not paint them in lurid colors…to appeal to the…sensual appetites of readers.”

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