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).