Rethinking Conspiracy Theories

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Have we become a society of judgment and rejection? Do we enjoy seeing others on the chopping block of elimination or exclusion? Do we thrill at the prospect of someone being delivered the harsh reality of an extinguished torch?

Are we now translating that recreational tour de force into real world execution through wholesale rejection of anyone who wants to cross our borders because “they” might be terrorists?

“Do not say, ‘Conspiracy,’ every time these people say the word. Don’t be afraid of what scares them; don’t be terrified. You must recognize the authority of the Lord who commands armies. He is the one you must respect; He is the one you must fear.” Isaiah 8:12-13

When will we learn from our own history?

During WWII, we rejected Jewish emigrants escaping the Nazi holocaust while placing our own citizens of Japanese descent in “internment” camps, incarcerating them for up to four years and destroying their lives in the process.

World War II prompted the largest displacement of human beings the world has ever seen—although today’s refugee crisis is starting to approach its unprecedented scale. But even with millions of European Jews displaced from their homes, the United States had a poor track record offering asylum. Most notoriously, in June 1939, the German ocean liner St. Louis and its 937 passengers, almost all Jewish, were turned away from the port of Miami, forcing the ship to return to Europe; more than a quarter died in the Holocaust…Government officials argued that refugees posed a serious threat to national security. Yet today, historians believe the concern about refugee spies was blown far out of proportion. Daniel A. Gross, Smithsonian.com, November 18, 2015 (emphasis mine)

As Christians, we can use all the excuses and rationalizations we want: There simply is no justification for refusing emigrants fleeing for their lives. None. Yet we continue to repeat our mistakes and shake our fist at God, insisting we know better.

Leviticus 19:33-34 “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land.  Treat them like native-born, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 24:22 “The same rule applies to every one of you. It makes no difference whether you are a foreigner or a native. I am the Lord your God.”

Malachi 3:5 “I will come to you in judgment. I will be quick to testify against those who … exploit workers, widows, and orphans, who refuse to help the immigrant and in this way show they do not respect me,” says the Lord who rules over all.”

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female—for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

John 3:16-17  For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him.

If Jesus did not come to condemn us, why is it we take liberties to condemn one another? Why do we suppose we are greater than Him, and usurp God’s power and authority to judge, exclude and condemn?

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When we automatically label an entire group of people potential terrorists, we place a wall in front of them. Just as females are not given an opportunity for an education in a country run by a Taliban regime, immigrants who Westerners reject out of hand as “possible terrorists” are not given an opportunity for survival, education or an inroad to the heart of our God.

 

We must rethink our approach to this before our own history repeats itself. We must take a stand. We must either follow Caesar, follow the Pharisees, or follow Jesus.

Who will you follow?

16 comments

  1. I am much sterner than you suggest but concede you illustrate the message of the purity of His way. Thanks visit my blog and Merry Christmas.

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    1. You too, Carl! 😀

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  2. Messenger At The Crossroads · ·

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Not sure I’m onboard with everything you offer here. Europe is in a crisis phase due to unlimited access to open borders, culture being demolished by people who are brazenly the adversaries of anything that stands in the way of their religious ideology.

    Pray for those who hate you, Christ teaches. However, one cannot be naive enough to not call something out for what it is.

    The USA needs to vet the undocumented far better than it has, just as it should have vetted the current occupant of the White House, but it seems we have an administration which supports those who hate us, and even provides its funding, so it is unwilling to look at common sense.

    It is naive to ignore what is going on and buy into it. That said, I still do not believe that Jesus was about the business of politics at all. He invites us to His “kingdom which is not of this world”. I know some would question that idea. His approach, the way I see it: He encourages us to not only face the reality at hand and not pretend it isn’t there, but to go – as He did – directly to the Father for Wisdom which He will grant in such times.

    What goes on now is that the USA is reaping what it has sown. Sin still has its consequences in the 21st century. There is need for strong discernment in policies of state. That is not the same as condemning or judging.

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    1. Wow, there’s a lot to respond to here, but I’ll make the attempt point by point.
      1) Most economists agree Europe’s crisis is due to foreign lending and borrowing; it has absolutely nothing to do with access to open borders.

      2) Praying for those who hate you is only part of it; Christ taught us to love our enemies and not judge. Therefore, calling out anyone is not what we are supposed to do as Christians. The only folks we are every supposed to speak to about falling away from the narrow path is our own brothers and sisters, and we are to do that on an individual basis, 1:1, in love.

      3) As for vetting undocumented and the President, we are also supposed to care for foreigners and pray for our leaders. How many of us have done that before we criticize? Even you have said, “Let me each day consistently plant the seeds of blessing in all things, all people, all situations, and at all times, for I know that I have been called to bless in order that I may receive a blessing.”

      4) Being naive about, or ignoring realities has nothing to do with following the commands of Jesus to love. He said, “My disciples will be known by their love for one another.” As we go to the Father for His wisdom, we must understand it was He who gave Jesus His directives: to love Him, love our neighbors, love each other and love our enemies. The last three have equal weight. If we ignore any of them, we ignore Him, and turn our back on Him.

      5) It is not for us to judge anyone else’s sin. It is only for God. We must remember a country is made up of individuals. Yes, there are consequences for sin: those consequences are living a dysfunctional life of fear, regret, addiction, broken relationships and other things God never intended you to have.

      See, I believe love is not a weakness, but a strength. When one lives in fear and worry, it is impossible, but wholly and only possible when abiding in the Spirit.

      Thank you for your comments, and for giving me a chance to respond to them.

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  3. Susan: I think you are missing something in your post. People simply don’t trust the State Department to vett these people. This is the same State Dept that allowed the Benghazi fiasco. I think most of the reaction to not allowing them in, stems from the Govt’s miserable failure to do anything right or competent at this point. I surely don’t want to keep anyone out of the country except terrorist elements. I think the calls for wisdom needs to be for someone in the State Dept to have wisdom on the front end of the process. Just my thoughts!

    Andy

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    1. I don’t think I’m missing anything, Andy. Trust is at an all-time low in all areas of government. But we need to stop being insular, and take a look at how other democratic countries (UK, Canada, for example) deal with this issue. Lower gun crimes, higher gun control is one intelligent option.

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  4. Wise, wise words ma’am! Wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lilka. Always like it when you visit my humble abode. 😉

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      1. Well it’s always a great visit! Enjoy the weekend 🙂

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  5. God’s will be done. I wish we would at least see this as a humanitarian need and provide shelter and food and medical need for these people . Not that at some level it is not already being done. Thanks for sharing with us Susan. I hope your thanksgiving was a good one.

    Much love Tom

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    1. You too, Tom. Love to you and all your family.

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  6. Sadly enough, humanity does not seem to learn from history. The same patterns keep on being repeated. Good for you, Susan, for standing strong. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Amy. I just can’t seem to not write this kind of stuff.

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      1. I understand. I’m the exact same way. The words just come!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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