Some Thoughts on Confusion

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Confusion is a problem that intensifies and magnifies every other problem we have in life.

The current season of history we’re living through is rife with terrible problems that the entire world is facing, but they’re nothing special if one takes the long view of history. Humanity has faced pandemics before. It has faced famines and wars and political instability and natural disasters of various types. While it’s true that humanity has seldom faced so many of these problems all at once, as we are now, it’s also true that we’ve never had the benefit of so much accumulated knowledge and experience which could, theoretically, be drawn upon to help us find solutions to these problems.

But the confusion that is afflicting our political, social, cultural, economic and healthcare leaders and all those who they rely upon to make decisions, including the media, the academic world and their own government experts, is making it nearly impossible to address these problems in an effective way. On top of that, we the general public are also suffering from a great deal of confusion, unsure who or what to trust, constantly bombarded with an overwhelming amount of raw data and conflicting analysis of that data from those who, in previous generations, we could rely upon to sift through such data and present it to us in a way we could understand and evaluate so that we could make decisions in our own lives.

Then of course, there are those who are DELIBERATELY sowing confusion by planting “fake news” and/or discredited news analysis and all manner of other lies and deceit in various platforms.

Last but certainly not least, confusion is a big problem in the Church of Jesus Christ, and has been since the beginning, as is famously attested to in 1 Corinthians 14:31-33, which says; “For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted;  and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

All of this brings up the obvious question, what is to be done?

Well, for starters, praying for our leaders, as we are commanded to do in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, should always include a prayer for clarity of mind and against confusion. It doesn’t say so explicitly in Scripture but I think it’s safe to assume that the Enemy LOVES confusion because of all the damage it does to virtually every area of human life and experience. I’m quite certain the Enemy is also the SOURCE of much of the confusion, especially the part which results from lies and deceit, which are his favourite tools.

So pray against confusion when you pray for your leaders, and not just political leaders but ANY leader in ANY area of life that you’re affected by. Pray for your pastor to have clarity of mind. Pray for the principal and teachers at the school your children attend (you can ask your children to lead such prayers, teaching them several important lessons at the same time) and pray for the mayor of the town you live in, etc.

Don’t forget to pray for the leaders of Israel, including the political leadership of the country but also the pastoral leaders of the Believer community here. We are most definitely NOT exempt from the onslaught of confusion that is currently sweeping the world.

The second thing we can all do in order to reduce the level of confusion in the world is to simply not contribute to the problem. If you see something on social media that looks kind of fishy, don’t re-post it. An easy test is that if you don’t know what the source of a post is but it’s something that elicits a strong emotional response in you (and probably would in anyone else who saw it) there’s an excellent chance it’s some person or some entity who is either deliberately spreading “fake news” or someone who is ignorantly spreading unverified rumors, speculation or just good old fashioned internet fairy tales and/or conspiracy theories.

It only takes a moment to click on “Share” and it takes a bit longer to do a little checking to see if what the post you’re tempted to share contains accurate information that people ought to be aware of or something else. But the few extra minutes you spend doing that checking can save you from being an unwitting accomplice to the Enemy and his plan to sow confusion and anarchy in the world.

May God give us all a clarity and soundness of mind and spirit so that we may discern the truth, reject falsehood and be of maximum service and benefit to our King and His plans and purposes for our world.