Most of Americans rejoiced at the swift justice we unexpectedly witnessed on Sunday with the capture of terrorist mastermind, Osama Bin Laden. Many gave important cautions against too much celebrating about the eternal damnation of a soul once created in God’s image.
In the days since, as with any news story, there are conflicting accounts of what happened in the raid by our brave Navy SEALS, including how involved the President was, why they buried Osama at sea, etc. And as such, there are a raft of conspiracy theories emerging. I won’t get into these here, but I think it’s a good jumping off point to discuss something I’ve been wanting to write about for some time.
It’s the subject of Christians and conspiracy theories. Alternate theories of history have abounded since the beginning of time, because we live in a fallen world, infected by sin, sinful leaders, and anterior motives. But it seems that the proliferation of new media, the vast reach of the Internet, and general distrust of authority has given rise to even more conspiracy theories.
Almost every day I receive an email forwarded from someone who forwards information about a political figure, religious figure, or institutions with which they disagree.
The question for us is this. How should we approach these ideas? Here are a few guidelines I’ve found helpful to me as I process stuff like this: