I wrote the article that follows five months ago and today it seems even more relevant. Regularly following conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones has both advantages and drawbacks. One of the drawbacks is it is not good for one’s street cred, as mainstream media and other powerful entities do a pretty comprehensive job of making him look like a dangerous fool and at the same time by implication those who follow him, which from what I can make out is a large number. The problem for those that do is that it is not easy to argue one’s case when the official narrative says otherwise. Yet often the conspiracy theorists are eventuality vindicated as the truth has the habit of coming out and anything that doesn’t on earth will in eternity. It was after all 54 years since John F Kennedy was assassinated and the official narrative remains Lee Harvey Oswald did it alone, and yet the papers just released strongly indicate otherwise. In similar manner the official narrative for the recent Las Vegas shootings is that Stephen Paddock was the lone gunman, whereas there is a considerable body of evidence that there is a lot more to it. I make these points because my bombshell is that I have little doubt there is a concerted effort in the next few days to bring down POTUS and isolate those opposing the opposers, creating civil unrest and indeed war. These involved are an unholy alliance of Deep State, anti-Trump politicians and operatives, Antifa, Isis, George Soros – you name it. I need to be careful in what I say as I hate to mislead or alarm, and always advocate testing any statement that is presented in order to find the truth, but I do need to watch and warn and of course pray. Yet notwithstanding, all my instincts tell me something unwholesome and dangerous is afoot.
So back to my earlier article …
I was arrested earlier today by an article on my Facebook page titled: “Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It’s Bearing False Witness” and it began by quoting the Bible text “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. This touched a raw nerve because the author, who I do not know, could have been getting at me, given I at least entertain some of the notions and what passes as facts that can be derived from what some deem as conspiracy theories and fake news, and have been known to spread these things (but only if it fulfills the true, necessary and kind criteria).
I was reminded I wrote on a related matter: “The Deep State, Conspiracy Theories and Watergate”, three months ago, and while things have moved on, I stand by what I wrote. It occurs to me “conspiracy theories” and “fake news” are pejorative terms and are often used as sticks to beat those who the beaters object to for not following their narrative. Some conspiracy theories have been later confirmed to be fact. Did for example Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, kill President Kennedy, as we were led to believe at the time? Here is one conspiracy theory arguing it goes a lot deeper (but then maybe I shouldn’t share as sharing is sinful). As for Fake News, having listened with skepticism at the supposed non fake news (although President Trump will have his own take on the matter), either by distorting the facts or refusing to report on them, I listen to Fake News, e.g. Alex Jones, as I look to find that balance, aware of conflicting views. The challenge is discerning what is fake news and what isn’t and if what comes under the conspiracy theory umbrella is actually that which makes sense of what is happening around us.
If we are into Bible quoting, how about even the very elect being deceived? I have found it upsetting that good, upstanding Christians have been sold hook, line and sinker the official narrative and remain silent on evil, fearing what might happen to their credibility if they entertained “conspiracy theories” and “fake news”, ignoring that “the fear of man bringeth a snare”. Is there not a case of removing the mote etc. and also of doing some repenting? Truth for any Christian should be paramount, in a world full of lies and deceptions, the pursuit of which should occupy every waking moment. Of course the author is right, we must not be bearing false witness and we are bound by the ninth commandment, all of which is a challenge as we try to make sense of the world. As for the Kingdom we subscribe to, it is that of the King in Psalm 45, who along with truth stands for righteousness, justice and meekness.
Update 18/10/17: As I continue to delve into what is going on in the world, the notions of conspiracy theories and fake news continue to confront me. They are not necessarily related but often are. For example, we are still not hearing the truth of what happened in the Las Vegas shootings and one might put forward theories as to why. Regarding the Harvey Weinstein sex revelations, one still wonders what is really going on in terms of sexual and related impropriety, and to what extent we are still only seeing the tip of the iceberg and why is this. On the subject of news, my dream is for news reporting to be true, for I believe fighting for truth to be a noble and necessary virtue. Regarding conspiracy theories, I understand the rationale behind their attraction but I would rather prefer these be examined without prejudice and either rejected or upheld assuredly as facts. As for there being a hidden hand that seeks and often succeeds in controlling what goes on in the world and with a view to subjugate the masses, I am persuaded yet reluctant to speculate what that hidden hand is other than defer to the teachings of the Bible to the effect there is a spiritual battle between the forces of light and those of darkness. As a blogger, I will continue to seek out truth, mindful there is a lot that is hidden and while I have little doubt there is conspiracy afoot and galore I will aim to be circumspect in what I write. If I find I am wrong, I hope I will be the first to admit to it.