I am a total Conspiritress, I love a good tale from the grassy knoll. I enjoy people’s perceptions and their ability to think outside of the box. I’m also an American and part of our heart and culture centers around reverence for God…. and total irreverence for government. Not everyone believes in God of course, and many people have great faith in government, but for the most part our heart and our culture revolves around freedom and the right to express irreverence towards our leaders. We do this in our comedy, our commentary, our free speech and expression of our opinions.
Most of us totally take this for granted. If you grow up in this country, free speech can be such a given, it never occurs to you that anything else exists. Short of outright libel or shouting “fire” in a crowded theater, if somebody thinks it, somebody else has probably already exercised their right to say it.
Even freedom loving Canada has some limits on speech that horrify my little defiant American heart. Long ago, Michael Moore actually got himself into some trouble in Canada, speaking about a Canadian election.
One of my favorite tales was from a couple of college girls who went on vacation in France, got pulled over by the cops, and wound up in jail for exercising their “free speech rights.” All’s well that ends well, it’s just that those two got to learn that you don’t inform French cops of your so-called rights, like you might do in America.
As a Christian however, it’s important to remember that we serve the Lord of all Common Sense. I’m not sure if there is a Hebrew name for God that captures that idea, but I do know that He is very wise and steadfast. So in the midst of cultural chaos, confusion, hyperbole, we are called to guard our hearts and look to Him, not to all the confusion swirling around us.
There’s nothing wrong with being a conspiracy fan or pondering possibilities, it’s just that one must be careful there, not allow paranoia, bitterness, and cynicism to run away with you. Isaiah 8:12 speaks to this, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.”
I need this reminder just as much as anyone else. Our media traffics in dirty laundry, in hyperbole and hysteria. Add in Wikileaks or a few Russian hackers, mix the whole thing up with preemptive allegations of election fraud, and we’ve got a recipe for disaster, for excessive emotionalism and reactionary behavior not rooted in wisdom.
Beware of those who claim to a have top secret information that the entire country is trying to repress, becasue that is a seductive ploy, also known as click bait. Also, if it were really a top secret revelation…. than you and 50,000 other people would not be reading it on the internet. It kind of reminds me of the guy in Oregon who stood on a street corner in protest, with a sign that said, “America is a fascist country,” never noting the irony of his free speech rights in action. Genuine fascists rarely let you stand on the corner and protest.
Proverbs 25:27-28 is one of my favorites and says, ” It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it glory to search out one’s own glory. He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”