The Lies We Love To Believe (And Spread)
““You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.”(Exodus 20:16 NLT-SE)
“A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.” (Proverbs 19:5 NLT-SE)
I was scrolling through Facebook the other day while on endless hold with a government agency.
A post from a pastor of a large Calvary Chapel caught my eye…he was excitedly exhorting his folks to go watch a documentary on the Rumble platform.
I evidently had time to kill so i made the mistake of clicking the link.
The purported documentary was about how Covid 19 was actually snake venom …and that our water supplies had been envenomated to kill us all.
Of course, the Covid vaccines (and our blood pressure meds) are envenomated as well.
Those of you familiar with Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy will recognize the plot line from the first movie, except in the movie the drug was meant to produce fear.
I have always been fascinated by the insane,so I watched most of it.
It was an amazing smashburger of misinterpreted data and linguistic nonsense offered as solemn proofs.
It was…utterly false in every way.
The questions start crashing around my brain.
Why would a pastor recommend such to his flock?
Why would anyone with the least bit of critical thinking ability believe such mental swill?
The hardest question…what would I do if one of those God has trusted me with bought into the lies?
We can’t answer the first two questions definitively, but we can make some educated guesses.
The obvious answer to the first question is that the pastor in question believes what is presented because it fits in with his world view.
This is also the answer to the second question.
If your inner narrative is that all governments are corrupt and are scheming together in a massive end times conspiracy…this works.
It is also a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy, as no society can function without institutions and without the people having at least a modicum of trust in them.
In the “Batman” movie the villain knew he could destroy the city by making everyone full of fear…a prescient commentary on where we find ourselves now.
While the pastor in question knows there really isn’t a “Batman” to save us, he is fitting a cape for Trump…
The third question is more difficult.
After watching this “documentary” I set about refuting it point by point.
I estimated it would take most of two days to round up actual facts to do so.
Then I realized that all that work would be for naught…because facts can rarely overcome feelings…and the only evidence that matters to many is that which affirms what they want to believe.
I would simply tell that person they would be happier under another pastors guidance…I’ve done the same with flat earth proponents.
I don’t have time to argue the obvious.
A cursory reading of Scripture will show you that in the Bible, truth is a major theme.
Speaking it, standing for it, and believing it.
On Facebook…and sadly, in many churches…not so much.
“Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.”(Proverbs 23:23 NLT-SE)