God expects us to use our minds to the very best of their abilities. Christians should be diligently on guard against the efforts of our enemy. The scripture teaches that Satan goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. It also tells us that he will pose as an angel of light to decieve. We need to remain awake and be diligent.
At the same time we need to use our ability to apply rational thought and all of the tools that go along with it. Tools like research, contemplation, and analysis. Along with prayer and study of the Bible these are most powerful tools for discernment between right and wrong, truth and lies, sense and nonsense. When we do not use these tools we risk harm to our credibility and reputation – not to mention other potentially more dangerous risks.
Don’t believe everything that comes along in an email. Don’t believe everything you hear. We’ve probably all heard that atheist Madeline Murray Ohare is working to take God off the airwaves. She is supposed to have a petition and even a bill waiting to be passed in congress that would effectively take God off of all the airwaves in America. That would be quite a feat considering she has been dead for several years. That popular rumor circulated around the internet and email circuits for years. It has been debunked several times over.
Another conspiracy theory I recently was sent claimed the government was taking “In God We Trust” off our coins. Fact is, the government did leave the words off of a set of coins. People then took this and turned it into a conspiracy by our government to remove God in America.
This was not a nefarious, anti-God action on the part of the government. There were 300 million of these coins printed before the inspectors caught the error. The error was the omission of the edge inscriptions which include “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” and the year and mint mark. They do not just have the words “In God We Trust” missing.
Only about 50,000 of the coins got into circulation before the inspectors caught the area and they are worth about $50 each right now. This coin was a part of a new design and new machines and the error was simply a quality control issue, not a conspiracy to remove God from our currency or coinage.
We have enough things to concern ourselves with, re the direction of our nation, so let’s make sure we focus on the ones that are really issues. Truth is 9 times out of 10 if it comes through the email and talks about a conspiracy item it is probably not accurate. It took me less than 5 minutes to research this and find out the facts behind it and type this email.
Let’s continue to be diligent and on watch for issues, for there are plenty (abortion, socialistic policies, anti-family policies, etc). At the same time let’s make sure we are up to speed on those that are just some folks looking for a government conspiracy around every corner.