information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
an intentionally false statement.
Have a significant influence on or determine (the manner or outcome of something).
teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
example: “broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses.”
Psalms 139:13-14 (ESV)
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it well.
Lately, the climate of this nation is very strong with hate. When you turn on the news, the talk is mostly political and it is generally filled with the opinion of very hateful people. There is nothing Christian, caring, or accepting about the rhetoric that is heard. Rhetoric? Yes, rhetoric. Propaganda. Words that are used to stir up division and hate.
God made us free and it is only evil that has taken away any freedom of any people now, historically, or in the future. Galatians 5:15 sums up what is happening in this nation: “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” The political differences in this nation is making us consume each other.
Now, about the vocabulary list at the top; it is simple… Do not let yourself become indoctrinated with hate. Do not let yourself be robbed of free thought by lying propaganda. God made us free and He gave us the ability to think for ourselves. As the Psalmist claims – we are fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving God. He loves us so much that instead of making us as puppets as he easily could have, he gave us the right and ability to think for ourselves. We have freedom of choice.
Furthermore, Jesus warns us of false prophets in Matthew 24:11-12: “And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” Although this Scripture is speaking about those who teach a false Gospel, I believe in the atmosphere of today’s world it can also warn us of anyone who propagates hatred with lies and false narrative. Believe what you want – but use the brains God gave you and fact-check everything you hear in order to base your beliefs on truth.
The inquisition was based solely on the Catholic church demanding that people believe exactly what they and they alone teach. Due to public backlash, Hollywood now has cancelled production of a movie called “The Hunt,” about hunting down and killing Christians and Conservatives. Although the making of it has been cancelled, the fact remains that it should never have been thought of in the first place. The motivation behind it is hate of a group of people because they do not believe the way they believe. It takes us back to Galatians 5:15 that says “…if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”
Let us look more closely at that Scripture in Galatians:
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your
freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve
one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word:
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that
you are not consumed by one another. (Galatians 5:13-14)
To sum it all up, we are all made to be free. We are all made to think for ourselves and to choose what we follow and believe wisely. Simply put, stay informed. Do not believe everything you hear. And most importantly, do not hate those who think differently than you do. Do not allow yourself to be indoctrinated by lies and by those who hate. Be set apart from the world (1 Peter 2:9 states, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”), and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
May God’s love and peace remain within you,
Rev. Bonnie Clark