2020 is already the oddest and most surprising year of my life. Personally, it’s been filled with news and events I was not expecting (most of which was good) and then obviously the onset of SARS-CoV-2 and the ensuing global reaction have truly been historic regardless of what happens. One of the surprising side effects has been the dramatic reduction in the absurd SJW rhetoric we’d been bombarded with over the last few years. Suddenly the number of genders (there are only two, by the way) doesn’t seem all that important. Instead of debating the merits of intersectionality or whether Critical Race Theory is a useful tool to help interpret the Bible, we’re now involved in arguing whether or not Corona goes “all the way to the top.”
Rather than talk about each specific conspiracy theory I want to talk about them in general and argue why I struggle to believe in them.
Man’s Fallen Mind
The effects of the fall are not limited to what happens to us physically. The fall’s effect on our bodies will inevitably do something to our minds. If you’re in constant pain or have an illness that cannot be treated, that ailment will eventually change the way you think and how you feel mentally. But sin has also limited our brains. Whether it’s the curse and/or people striving against God the results, because they are contrary to God, our brains are going to be deficient as it pertains to one’s ability to correctly process information.
This simply means that a group of people who are set against God will struggle mightily to devise a plan that will work. The Jews were able to conspire to kill Jesus, but what’s the big catch? It was God’s plan all along (Acts 2:22–23)! Generally speaking, I don’t think fallen man in his fallen, unregenerate state, can successfully plan something to the degree some suggest.
If you’ll permit me to speak plainly I will say this: governments are too incompetent to engineer the conspiracies many accuse them of.
The New Testament warns us of the danger of mindless babble and meaningless chatter as people speak of things that either make no sense or are baseless. People love to talk even when they’re not certain! People love to act like they’re in-the-know even when they’re not. So imagine how difficult it would be for someone to keep a secret of something so deep. I think it’s highly unlikely if not impossible for a large group of people to not disclose gigantic pieces of information. And that’s only talking about them deliberately revealing information, let alone accidentally letting something slip!
Is this is a huge issue in the church? Is it something people are broadly believing? I don’t really think so, but it is something that some people invest lots of energy in and perhaps unnecessarily cause themselves anxiety over.
Believe in an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God who does as He pleases while also being holy and just.