Have you ever been deceived by someone who wasn’t who they pretended to be, or acted like they said they would? There are many high profile examples in our world and the media is quick to take advantage of the opportunity to exploit the moment. The event is used to create a mindset that not only attacks the perpetrator, but is designed to make the victim look bad and promote a specific agenda. Therefore, people who had nothing to do with the situation at hand are blamed for what took place.
The end result is increased fear and mistrust in the minds and hearts of the general public. People become more isolated and insulated from faith in one another. This is true even within families. Those who are alone have little to no support mechanisms in place and are more vulnerable to thought manipulation and external intimidation. The pressure towards passive acceptance and compliance grows, reducing the levels of true freedom in individual lives and in society in general.
Do not let the actions of someone change your thinking, beliefs, words, intentions, or actions. Be the best version of you possible by God’s grace and help. “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity” (Romans 12:2 – J.B. Phillips New Testament). Don’t allow deception to ruin your or anyone else’s life!