A lot of people have given their two cents on this issue and I will use this space to provide my own thoughts on the matter. Before I begin, I would like to say that this is a very sad event and just like many of these tragedies, I believe it’s more proof that evil does exist in this world. No other animal on the planet willingly seeks to harm of others of its own kind; that’s an exclusive trait to humanity. More evidence for the reality of sin in the world. My prayers are with all those people who were affected by this event.
A very interesting phenomenon has been happening in response to this event. The media has actually paid a lot of attention on conspiracy theorists. I actually believe that this might be part of the Great Plan perpetrated by the elite members of society. It’s sad but true. Another division is being made. Instead of just the elephants and donkeys, now there’s a third group…the conspiracy theorists.
I will admit that while I consider myself someone who is a conspiracy theorist, I am disappointed at the bandwagon folks who took no time to point a finger at the “government” being responsible for this event. While I don’t necessarily disagree, I think it’s important to not come to any conclusions too quickly. And I also believe that’s a bit more complex than simply saying, “The government did it.” And of course, the attention is high on the man who purchased the website domain bostonmarathonconspiracy.com even making fun of the conspiracy theorists.
In this blog post, I will take a look at the four groups currently being touted as the potential responsible agents for this tragedy. And because I was a sociology major, I will take a step back and render each one of these things from a sociological perspective. My bias is of course that I am a Bible believing Christian who happens to have interest in Biblical prophecy which includes the topic of conspiracies. Here’s an article I wrote called The Christian Conspiracy Theorist that goes over some of the ideologies of this position.
These are the four groups being targeted as potential suspects according to the mainstream media.
1. Islamic terrorists: What’s sad is that a fellow who was reported to be a suspect early on was a Saudi National, 20 years old, who was tackled by someone right after the explosions. Any time something like this happens, anyone from middle eastern origin is going to be seen as suspect and it’s very unfortunate. It’s one of those sticky issues because on one hand, the person who tackled him was probably thinking he’s doing the right thing. On the other hand, this could be a disaster as far as discrimination is concerned. The larger issue is that if Islamic terrorists were responsible for this, then what’s the purpose or agenda behind it? Well, perhaps it is to perpetuate the fear of the middle east and the threat they allegedly have on American citizens. Let’s remember that what we’ve been told about the people in the middle east through the main stream media, especially after 9-11 is heavily one sided and even down right deceptive. Are there Islamic terrorist groups that hate the U.S.? Sure. But one has to ask, how are these groups being funded, what is their true agenda? And then also, just because this terrorist group is out to get America, does it mean all people from the middle east agree with them or are part of the agenda? No.
2. Right wing fundamentalist: This one is certainly strange. Many of us who are part of this community could be labelled just that and I’m sure in the same way the “terrorist” from the middle east were shaded as evil or dangerous after 9-11, many Christians will also be labelled that soon. This has been in the works for a while now. Groups like the Westboro Baptist Church, who have allegedly already made plans to picket the memorials of the lost lives of the Boston explosion are serving to help create this perception that all Bible believing Christians are like them. It’s no surprise on one hand, but on the other, I think this has more of an impact on how the church in general in America should respond. In my personal life, I have seen the church institution for what it is; a business, piggy backing on a message, the Gospel, that is the most powerful and freeing message for all of humanity. And while I get that we all need to eat, corporate church takes it to another level.
3. The Government: This has been included in the list I believe to simply to bash the conspiracy theorists. Ironically, I heard on my local radio station here which is a big outlet (southern California) mention the name Steve Quayle, and then proceeded to bash his thoughts that this has something to do with the dropping prices in gold. As I mentioned, many conspiracy theorists are quick to point a finger at the government and call this a false flag event. I wouldn’t be surprised and in fact, I believe it’s closer to the truth than options one or two. But even as someone who has studied conspiracies myself, I’m not going to jump to conclusions without seeing all the evidence. There are some strange things that have popped up, such as the Illuminati card and even an alleged Facebook page that was made two days before the explosion. I’m sure more will come. The challenge here is that this not only creates a bad rap for the conspiracy circles, but it also could be another form of division as part of the Great Plan of the elite. In other words, no longer is America a battle between right wing and left wing, or elephants and donkeys; now there is a third party…the conspiracy crowd, and they are irrational and dangerous. And as I mentioned above, I am a bit saddened by the people who were so quick to point to the government, even though I believe it’s closer to the truth. And of course when I say “the Government” it’s far more complex than simply those people in office colluding behind closed doors. This goes much deeper behind the veil.
4. Lone nut: This one is pretty self explanatory but still has the stench of some kind of greater agenda. If this lone nut got the information about how to make the bombs off the internet, well we need to lock down the internet. If this nut was making a statement about gun control, well then we need to lock down guns. In other words, regardless of the motives, this can be used to further convince the American population to give up their rights in exchange for security. Of course this can apply to all of the options here, but I chose this suspect in particular because I believe the fear that will be externalized of a home grown terrorist might be the tipping point needed to take the next step in a lock down.
Again, no matter what the truth is, I believe it’s part of a greater agenda. But there is an even greater agenda than the royal class elite who may be pulling the strings behind the curtain, and that’s the agenda of God.
From my worldview, it’s true that nothing happens by accident. And in the bigger scheme of things, even tragedies such as these can be used for the ultimate good of God. Let us remember that God makes all things work for good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
We know how tragedies bring a nation close together. And while the wiles of the devil continue to seek whom he may devour, we as followers of Jesus are committed to bringing salt and light into the world that is so full of darkness.
So in conclusion, while I think it’s important to be watchful and take in the information we see on the news and other media sources with discernment, the more important factor is to use this as an opportunity to let the love of God shine through us. I believe such things were already demonstrated in many examples after the tragedy, regardless of one’s religious or spiritual worldview. The many people who ran in to help the victims of this crime were reflecting the attitude of Jesus Christ; the ultimate servant who died for our sins and rose again.