Life in this world has plenty of things that inspire fear and can be very debilitating if fear is not overcome within the heart and mind with the Peace of God. Even the Psalmist expressed the extent of the fears that were terrorizing and overwhelming him:
“My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest… flee far away and stay in the desert… hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.’”
~ Psalm 55:4-8
In our world today, especially due to the incredible rivers of communication that social media technology affords us, there are enough conspiracy theories floating around that even if 1% were considered by an individual to be true (and thus considered worthy of harboring its fear), it is enough to cripple a person mentally and emotionally.
A conspiracy theory usually has a few elements of truth within it, just enough to make it taste “true,” just as a lie usually has an element of truth, a sweet flavor to cover up the bitter taste of the lie.
The “theory” aspect is the imagination’s blueprint for how the pieces fit together. It’s similar to having 5 used, real bricks (truths) and imagining what the entire building looked like that they came from, and how the building was used for a conspiracy to control the population, or whatever. While this analogy may seem extreme, it nonetheless illustrates the point; besides, most conspiracy theories are built around just a hand full of truth bricks.
As followers of Christ, we are aware of the schemes of the enemy, the tools and weapons he uses, and how fear and doubt are central to his stratagems. Let’s trust God and keep our eyes on Him, thereby overcoming the debilitating effects of fear… especially fear inspired by conspiracy theories.
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