Deception

Q. I receive a lot of photos and video clips from friends in Hong Kong. Some support the protesters; others support the police. Both accuse the opposite side of brutality. Both seem to have evidence to prove it. Who do I believe?

A. In war, truth is the first casualty – Aeschylus (525-456 BC). Both sides in Hong Kong use deception to win support for their cause. You have probably noticed that protesters only show clips of the police beating up “unarmed” “peaceful” demonstrators; they don’t show themselves nearly killing a policeman who only pulled his gun to protect his life, or their brutal beating up people who disagreed with them. Similarly, police supporters show only the savage behavior of rioters; they don’t show the police beating up demonstrators with clubs. Each side use selective snippets to put themselves in the best possible light, with total disregard for the truth.

There are other tricks. Some demonstrators taunt the police with insult and bodily attack, then suddenly kneel to beg for mercy, just so that reporters on their side can take a photo of the police about to harm an “innocent” “bystander”. Or they might dress in black while causing havoc, then quickly change into “white” to mix with the crowd to escape. On the other hand, the police have undercover agents in civilian clothes pretending to be demonstrators to gather inside information or take pictures.

Does each side have “evidence”? Yes, but neither side has the truth. Both use deception. Who do you believe? Neither side completely, as both mix truth with lies. What we need is to look at each recording in its entirety, not just the edited extract to “prove” what the disseminator wants you to believe. We need to ask the critical questions – Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? These are the fundamental questions any reporter is supposed to get answers to, and to present the findings in an unbiased manner. Unfortunately many have long seared their conscience and become “authors”, not reporters as they should be.

What we need is discernment to cut through the deception. I wrote about discernment earlier and won’t repeat myself: https://raykliu.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/discernment/

But what I’m concerned about is, “How come even mature Christians, churches and denominational representatives are so polarized that they are either solidly behind the protestors, without any word of condemnation for their acts of terrorism, or completely for the police, turning a blind eye to their collaborating with the triad?” What happened to the role of the prophet, who called the people to repent, and at the same time called even kings to task when they sinned? Is even the elect led astray? (Mt 24:24; Mk 13:22) Are we deceived without knowing it?

Please don’t tell me that God is on the side of the poor, and therefore it justifies the oppressed speaking up to get justice. The ends never justify the means. I know God will restore justice to the poor and downtrodden, but He is for righteousness and peace too. He never gave the poor the right to take the law into their own hands. These folks are not just speaking up to demand justice, they are committing atrocious crimes while doing so: destroying property, torturing people, and acting like thugs who think they are above the law. They aren’t! And if they act like criminals, don’t be surprised that the authorities treat them like criminals:

  • Rom 13:2-4 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 

What we need to declare is the whole purpose of God (Acts 20:27), not just the fake news the media have carefully edited to present, nor the one-sided “I’m right and you’re wrong” position they want people to believe. When the government is ignoring the plight of the poor, expose and prosecute them. When the protesters are endangering the lives and livelihood of law-abiding citizens, arrest them and bring them to justice. Punish the judges who accept bribes to undermine justice. We don’t need biased media to add fuel to fire by spreading lies. We need discerning people to call things as they are, for the truth and neither pro-demonstrators nor pro-government, for the people and not for themselves. Sadly too many are looking out only for #1 or being deceived to blindly follow what they don’t understand. I hope and pray that Hong Kong will be cleaned up soon. Amen.

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Comments

  • Nancy Wu  On September 7, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    For more insight into global civil unrest, one may want to read up on the history and agenda of the Rothschild family, the richest family in the world.

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