Conspiracy theorist or critical thinker?

Merriam-Webster defines a conspiracy theory as, “a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.” This overused term has been around for years but really gained notoriety in 1967 after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Those who debated the circumstances surrounding the murder of JFK were dubbed as conspiracy theorists because they dared to question the narrative perpetuated by the U.S. government. Even that explanation itself is labeled as a conspiracy theory by the mainstream media. If you Google, ‘conspiracy theory origins,’ you’ll see multiple articles asserting that conspiracy theorists fabricated the JFK correlation origin story.

Conspiracy theories are still a hot topic today for the very same reason. The very moment you are bold enough to think logically; you are a crazy conspiracy theorist, peddling hate speech. If you question why you must wear a mask into the restaurant but you’re allowed to take it off upon sitting, you don’t trust science and you don’t care for your neighbor. When people are so threatened by research and verification, doesn’t it beg the question…what are they hiding? What is the end goal? If you research the ‘fact-checkers’ who are supposedly verifying information and the health organizations making the guidelines to ‘protect’ you, you’ll see they are left-wing connected. They fully expect you to blindly follow the narrative and never dig deeper.

Most of us have blindly followed the societal narratives because we didn’t know to look deeper. The news, educational systems, tv shows, movies, music all push generally the same agendas. We have been intentionally programmed to believe what we’re told. However, some are naturally inquisitive and question the status quo. Those who question are immediately shut down and dismissed as mentally unstable.

I am not here to feed you information. I am here to encourage you to open your mind to the fact that there is another side to the story. Ask questions. Use critical thinking skills. If something doesn’t seem to add up, don’t ignore it. Look into it!

So how does this apply to your spiritual life? It’s stated clearly in John 14:6. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus and His word are the ultimate truth. When you seek God through prayer and studying the Bible, He will give you spiritual discernment. When researching and studying topics or theories, we should always consider the Biblical implications. Will it further the kingdom of God or hinder it? Consider Romans 12:2. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

I recently saw a liberal post mocking Christianity saying something like, ‘the right calls us sheep then say the Lord is my shepherd.’ First of all, blatant disdain for Christians is at an all-time high. That’s a future topic all in itself. Secondly, the world doesn’t understand that as Christians, the Lord IS our shepherd as He is the only one we are called to follow. We are not beholden to man; we are beholden to God and His law. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Appropriate depiction of our world today, don’t you think?

To those who see the world with eyes wide open, don’t let the labels of the blind keep you from seeking and sharing truth. Be confident and bold. To those who are just starting to question the world around you, pray that God will guide you to the truth you seek. He is faithful to provide when you seek Him.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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