A frank discussion
One of the most viral videos of the year, Plandemic, has been sweeping through my Facebook feed lately. In what is apparently the first of several parts, Dr. Judy Mikovits makes earth shattering claims regarding COVID-19, government shadow groups, and vaccines.
Allow me to lay my cards on the table up front along with the disclaimer that what I’m about to say is not meant to insult anyone’s intelligence. But here’s my overarching thesis.
Plandemic is rife with falsehood, and Christians hurt their witness by believing and sharing it.
Of course, I can’t just make the claim and not provide evidence (something Plandemic does repeatedly), so I’ll take aim at two of Mikovits’ claims.
First, Mikovits claims that due to her research on chronic fatigue syndrome linking the condition to a virus, she was falsely discredited and arrested with no charges and not allowed legal representation.
The facts, which are available through a quick Google search, are that she along with two others did indeed publish a study linking chronic fatigue syndrome to a virus, but no one could replicate the study. It was then revealed that her blood samples had been contaminated in the lab, so the study was retracted. Mikovits was later fired for insubordination, and she stole data, a computer, and some other stuff from the lab she worked for. The company first filed suit to get their property back, and after she fled to California from Nevada, the company had her arrested as a fugitive from justice, which she was. Any news report from that time also shows quotes from her lawyer, which debunks her claim that she wasn’t allowed to have a lawyer.
Mikovits also makes the absolutely absurd claim that the ebola virus (which, for the record, there are several) wasn’t harmful to humans until she weaponized it in 1999.
We have records of ebola outbreaks killing humans since 1976. But what’s 23 years among friends?
You can find links to more rebuffed claims, which is basically every claim made in Plandemic, at the link.
Why is this important?
All truth is God’s truth, no matter how cringeworthy it may be. Jesus said the truth would set us free, and while he was talking ultimately about himself, there is great liberty in living honest lives sans proverbial or literal skeletons in our proverbial or literal closets.
And, yes, we need to be honest that the United States government has done some really shady stuff over its history, especially regarding the COVID-19 lockdowns. Governments tend to be corrupt because people are depraved. I’ll also grant that even though YouTube is a private company that can do what it wants, it only stokes more suspicion by removing the video over and over again.
But at the same time, gullibility is not a fruit of the Spirit. We are called to be wise and to fact check claims about God (My last blog covered this, and you can read it here), and it would follow that we should fact check what people are saying about God’s creation, whether in the scientific realm or in the political sphere.
God really does take this seriously
Proverbs 17:18 says, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him,” and we’re seeing that in motion right now. Mikovits made a boatload of claims, and they simply don’t stand up under scrutiny.
But what of her claims regarding the likes of Anthony Fauci? Well, if they are indeed false (Spoiler alert: they are), then she is bearing false witness against her neighbor. God hates this, so says Proverbs 6, and he hates it so much that if Mikovits were to legally accuse Fauci of these lies, she would take the punishment he would be due under God’s Law.
And instead of hearing these claims with any amount of critical thinking, I keep seeing Christians talk about what’s really going on and how so many people are profiting off [insert crisis or medical procedure here], taking their cues from people who claim that vaccines and cell phone towers are causing Alzheimer’s in children. Never mind that Mikovits just released a new book last month that is currently in the top 15 best sellers on Amazon. Nothing to see there. Move along.
Stop fearing man. Start fearing God.
God has great wisdom for us in Isaiah 8:12-13, which reads, “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”
While it is indeed true that governments have committed horrible atrocities, we must keep in mind that they will answer to Jesus one day, and they will be conquered and made his footstool. We have absolutely nothing to fear! God is for us and has us in the palm of his hand. This is incredible news.
At the same time, we’re told that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. That’s often softened and we’re told that it’s really about respect and reverence, which is not what you see when Isaiah meets Christ in Isaiah 6. While we love God, we should also have a holy fear about us in that we need to understand who we’re dealing with. We’re dealing with the one who lets us breathe only by his grace, and he would be absolutely right to snuff us out in a heartbeat because of our sin.
Fear God, not man. In doing so, you’ll show yourself to be sober minded in a time of panic, opening up doors for the furtherance of the Gospel.