I love a good conspiracy. I love discovering that not all is at it seems. According to statistics most of us do.
- Did you know that according to British newspaper The Mirror, 52% of Brits don’t believe in the moon landing.
- Various polls suggest almost half of American citizens believe the US Government is lying about 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Some polls suggest even as much as 84%.
- 37% of Americans believe Global Warming is a hoax.
A conspiracy theory is a belief that a select group of people are hiding information from the public.
I remember the first time I watched a video unveiling the inconsistencies around the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. I was at my friends house when his dad arrived home in a bad mood about petrol prices or suchlike. He blamed it on a greedy government conspiracy. I don’t know if I questioned him or not, but he told me his theory nevertheless and pointed me to YouTube for further education. I was shocked.
I felt suspicious as the mystery drew me in. Part of me felt helplessly tricked by the people in authority I’d been taught to trust and respect. Why would a government decieve its people?
The why drew me in to even more conspiracy theories. It wan’t long before I was reading articles on the Illuminati, moon landings, aliens, and even flat world theories. Eventually they all led to the same place; An innate fear that we’re being deceived and we’re powerless to stop it.
A conspiracy theory is simply a belief that a select group of people are hiding information from the public.
I’m not saying I don’t believe some theories to be true. Some theories have enough evidence to prove their worth, and too poor an argument against them. Yet every time YouTube takes me on a guided tour through ‘Conspiracy Park’ I leave feeling suspicious and fearful. It’s just depressing.
The End Is Nigh
As a follower of Christ you may feel immune to conspiracy theories or perhaps not. The truth is in addition to the worlds top 10 list, Christians have their own genre of conspiracies. Our theories on End Times and Armageddon range from unsettling to outright insanity. It’s almost commendable that we can take a few scriptures and screen a movie (or few) on them.
Unfortunately many of these ideas fall away over time. Soon we’re part of a secret few who appear to know the truth, while the majority of people Christ died for have to put up with being ‘unenlightened’.
I’ve been captive to these streams of thought and I’m so glad to finally be free. It’s not that some of these theories don’t have possibility or potential, it’s that they too leave me feeling defeated and fearful. I now know that this isn’t the fruit of God “for God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity…” 1 Timothy 1:7.
In the name of God we often feel bound to explore these ideas and theologies. There may be some truth to this but most people aren’t theologians and get confused by an onslaught of opinion, which ends in the same emotions of defeat and fear that I experienced.
The Fear of The Lord
As a young believer I remember reading the Bible on this subject. I found a scripture that eased my fear and I’ve often quoted it to others who’ve also worked themselves into a frenzy.
“Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like [the world does],
and don’t live in dread of what frightens them.
Make the LORD of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life.
He is the one you should fear.
He is the one who should make you tremble.
He will keep you safe
The fear of God isn’t a mistrusting fear, as we’re often instructed to do just that; To trust God. Rather it’s an awareness and awe of His power. When we see the Lords power a new perspective emerges that interrupts our YouTube rampage; He is greater than even our fears.
A few weeks ago I was trying to find this scripture because I was shaken again by another conspiracy theory. I felt overwhelmed and powerless. Despite my prayers I found it hard to shake off these feelings until God reminded me of His perspective. He is far greater than the plans of men.
I understood that “in their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps” Proverbs 16:9. Though God has given mankind a lot of freedom He has not left us alone on planet earth. He is strong and moving in our midst.
Conspiracy theories, when dwelt upon, diminish the size and power of God. They draw our attention away from God and onto mankind’s issues. Soon we find ourselves doing anything but “setting our minds on things above, not on earthly things” Colossians 3:2.
Are you experiencing a fear of the future? A fear of the American president? An apocalyptic fear? Any fear whatsoever? Chill out. Remember the above words God spoke through Isaiah, “Don’t fear those things, fear me”.