I recently read this comment responding to an article about Rep. Devin Nunes threating legal action against Twitter for shadow-banning conservatives:
Go Nunes Go!! This guy is about the only guy in Congress with any real guts. Too bad the others won’t get behind him & also do the right thing, just proves how bought & paid for they are by those that control every aspect of our existence!
I share the enthusiasm for Nunes efforts. I don’t necessarily disagree with the ‘bought and paid for’ portion, at least for many in Congress. That is the unfortunate truth.
The part I disagree with is that these people who do the paying are somehow ‘in control of every aspect of our existence.’ The reference to an all-encompassing conspiracy is wrong on both reasonable and moral levels. That is the sad truth.
Conspiracy Theories and Occam’s Razor
The reasoning of conspiracy theories is attractive to many people. Human beings have a natural curiosity about how things work.
When the circumstances of life are going against our wishes and plans, there is a strong temptation to blame factors outside ourselves. The notion that other people are joined in some large effort which frustrates my individual efforts to succeed can be comforting.
However, conspiracy theories are inherently unreasonable. They violate a principle of reasoning known as Occam’s Razor.
The principle gives precedence to simplicity: of two competing theories, the simpler explanation of an entity is to be preferred.
The complexity of most conspiracy theories simply makes their operation impossible. Moreover, the explanations for events that seem sinister can be easily seen, if we look. In fact, much of the time, we already know the answer to the evil conspiracy ‘mystery.’
If We Listen, People Will Reveal Their Intent
In my experience, I have noticed that most people will tell what they intend to do before they do it. They might not tell you exact plans, but their aim will be clear.
Their words will reveal the overall intent of their acts. Here are two recent examples of what I mean, and they both have to do with U.S. Presidents.
The first example involves a particular statement former President Obama made just before he was first elected.
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” So declared Barack Obama in Columbia, Missouri on October 30, 2008, on the cusp of his historic presidential election.
From that point forward, all of President Obama’s actions could be tied to that statement. The implementation of Obamacare is the pre-eminent example of this.
Obama used a fawning media and leftist political allies to get his legacy program passed into law. In the end, it just took Justice Roberts to join the party by rewriting the Obamacare statute to make the individual mandate a “tax.”
No conspiracy theory is needed to explain any of it. Additionally, since Obamacare is a Socialist type of program, it is no mystery what Obama was trying to transform the nation into.
The Leftmedia and President Trump
Since the nomination of Donald Trump, the Leftmedia has acted toward him with scorn. And since his election, no one network has been more consistent and vehement in criticism of the president than CNN.
The bias and hostility are so extreme that some conservative commentators openly wonder how this level of opposition came about.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo told everyone just what they were going to do right before they started doing it just weeks after the 2016 election.
I see it all proof of a very simple notion, the media cannot yield. This administration is going to demand constant fact checking and opposition because otherwise you don’t know which way it’s going to go from day to day. That’s just the fact.
The cable network has kept true to that goal, and no one has demonstrated more negativity toward Trump than CNN. No conspiracy theory needed here folks. It is all plain to see.
This is not to say that conspiracies have not existed or do not exist now. However, a secret system that has successfully conspired to control everything we do, say or think does not exist. In fact, it can’t possibly exist.
Only God Controls Everything
This is the real crux of my plea. Any person, and most of all any follower of Christ should understand that no man-made system is capable of total control over all people and everything they do. Whether it be Marxist or Muslim in place of authority, they pale before the might of the living God.
Only the LORD God Almighty has the ability to fully control everything. If I believe that there is a group of people in high places on earth that control my life completely, I am saying by default that God is not in control.
When I think that kind of thing, I am for that moment actually denying God. After all, if God is not Omnipotent [all-powerful] then God is not really God.
The best and most moral thing anyone can do is to have faith in the only all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-powerful being there is, the LORD God. Ironically, those who believe this the most are often suffering persecution in places where evil people have tried to control them all of their lives.
Of course, we must be aware that people do plot and try to conspire with evil intentions. However, we need not give them power over our hearts by believing they are in control. As David assures us in the Psalms,
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! Psalm 33:10-12 [ESV]
Sources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
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