The Veil of Deception—Truth Is Not a Conspiracy Theory from Shane Eidleman
(For those interested, you can hear the sermon where this article came from here.)
In 1787, a woman asked Ben Franklin what sort of government the Founders had given the people. He said, “A Republic,” then added, “if you can keep it.” America, with all its spots and blemishes, is still a true gift from God . . . if we can keep it.
As of now, we have the ability to self-govern and enjoy God-given freedoms. But the founders also realized that religion must be the foundation for the Republic to last, as John Adams made clear when he stated, “Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” The reason Christian values are so important is because they promote self control. Without self-control, there is more government intervention, oversight, and authority. “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet” (Robert Charles Winthrop).
We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom and truth. We shouldn’t be naive and gullible, but we also cannot disregard everything as conspiracy theories. If something is true, it’s not a theory. We are being flooded by misinformation primarily because of deception, and deception must be veiled, at least initially, to accomplish its purpose. Isaiah 33:6 offers one way to unveil deception. God reminds us that wisdom and knowledge must be the stability of our times. God commands us to expose the unfruitful works of darkness with the truth (Ephesians 5:11). Truth is the only thing that stabilizes.
You might not take an interest in politics, but politics takes an interest in you. There are clearly forces working to undermine God, our nation, and our families. So this begs the questions: When do we ignore so-called conspiracy theories, and when do we pay attention? When do we sit up, take notice, and expose the unfruitful works of darkness? I believe that we need to expose and rip away the veil of deception and recognize what we see around us when: