One of the things that’s had me shaking my head lately, has been the number of people who buy into conspiracy theories and believe that if someone is being called out for spreading misinformation, they’re being suppressed because they’re really speaking the truth.
Latest case in point: Dr Stella Immanuel, who came forward this week to announce that hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug promoted earlier by Donald Trump as a cure for COVID-19. Treatment with the drug has also been dismissed by health authorities around the world as being dangerous and ineffective. Nonetheless, when she spoke up and her statement and reinforcing references to it by the Prez himself were promptly shut down on social media, a cadre of supporters leapt up and complained that The Conspiracy was at work against the truth.
(As an aside, Dr Immanuel (Google her name) has also written about and preached on spiritual warfare. The media, on the low-hanging-fruit principle that has long been a hallmark of the profession, have jumped on the juicier, over-the-top, claims in her messages, thereby effectively shutting down any serious discussion of the very real “war in the heavenlies”.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.— 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (ESV)
Now, if anyone tries to bring it up, all someone else has to say is, “Oh, so you believe that demons are having sex with people and that the world is ruled by a race of reptilians,” and ends the conversation.)
Many of these people are also professing Christians, even though they also tend to support a U.S. president whose actions and words have absolutely no connection to those of Jesus. These are generally intelligent people, coming out with head-spinning statements about COVID and other situations in the world.
What’s going on? What do we make of this? It reaches the point where one wonders whom to believe and what’s real.
(Maybe our society’s general rejection of “absolutes” that has something to do with it. Situational Ethics has replaced a moral compass: “right and wrong” depends on whose ox gets gored. People who want to stick to a moral code — like the Ten Commandments — are vilified as being on the Wrong Side of History. That’s been going on for centuries, but it’s led to today’s rejection of absolute truths, like empirical scientific evidence and the reality of Jesus Christ. Now we’re paying the price.)
So I inquired of the Lord early this morning: what do we make of all this?
For starters, the confusion itself is an indication that God is not part of this.
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.— 1 Corinthians 14:33
Second, yes, there are a lot of unanswered — and probably unanswerable — questions, too. Hand the questions over to God, and things will become abundantly clear in His time.
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.
“Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”— Luke 8:17-18
But the most important thing, I heard this morning, is that we not get hung up on talk of conspiracies and worry about sickness and the world economic situation or anything like that. Rather, get hung up on Jesus.
Remember: the miracle of Hurricane Douglas changing course and missing the Hawai’ian Islands over the weekend is a reminder that God is still there and ready to respond when we call on Him.
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[fn] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[fn] and earthquakes in various places.
“All these are the beginning of sorrows.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
“And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”— Matthew 24:4-13
Endure. Have faith. Look beyond the disease, the violence in the streets, the deepening divisions among people, economic uncertainty and the often-scary natural phenomena that cause us to focus on the things of the world rather than the One who created it all. We’ve been warned what will happen, we’ve been told what to do about it, and we’ve been assured that it will all turn out for God’s glory … and our joy.
No one said it would be easy, but “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)