Fantasy, fiction, tall tales, urban legends, and conspiracy may have a hook of truth. But that’s all that it is—a hook. It’s click bait. Its job is to reel you in to an alternate reality and/or paranoia that distorts your view of reality.
You stop seeing real people and you just start seeing a caricature in a narrative that you can either vilify or make into a superhero, and all you do is follow shadows and twists and turns. But you lose the reality of the person in front of you that you can actually see, hear, touch, and listen to.
It’s easier to go on to the next chapter or read another fable than it is to stop and see how fantasy, fiction, tall tales, urban legends, and conspiracy are affecting your heart and emotions. What you think on matters, and it does affect real people, real community, and the real world with real consequences. Look at what has happened in our nation and the church.
Truth transforms and leads to compassion, healing, and wisdom in the real world. Fantasy, fiction, tall tales, urban legends, and conspiracy were made for the movies or novels but not for the real world.
May we press into relationships, community, sound biblical doctrine, accountability, and the message of the Gospel, and run away from fictional conspiracies and spinning prophecies and bad theology.
Let’s save all these kinds of fantasy, fiction, tall tales, urban legends, and conspiracy for the movie theaters when they reopen.