Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, 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. (Isaiah 8:12-14)
Relate: One of my favorite movies during my college years was Enemy of the State. In this movie, a high profile murder was caught on tape. The person taping it is running for his life and plants the tape unawares on a lawyer named Will Smith, er… I mean Robert Dean. Suddenly, this average guy finds himself running for his life while deep operatives with all the power, technology, and budget of the USA on his tail. By an accident of chance, he has become an Enemy of the State. The movie was great, and it was also timely. At the time left wing conspiracy theorists were tossing around the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” as if the actions in the movie really were happening.
Today, it is more common for far right wingers to throw around another conspiracy phrase called “deep state”. I really do try my best whenever this phrase is tossed around to not roll my eyes but, trust me, I am rolling them on the inside. Almost as bad are the people who have taken Dan Brown’s books as fact. He has singlehandedly spawned an entire industry on “evil church” conspiracies. Here in Turkey there are plenty of other conspiracies and they often are just the same combination of vivid imagination and paranoia as their American or fictional counterparts. For those of you living in other parts of the world, I am guessing that you also have your local conspiracy theory variants. Of course we all know that each and every one of these is actually propogated by the Illuminati to keep us all from understanding what they are really doing. (Please note the sarcasm dripping from that last sentence.)
React: Apparently, conspiracy theories were around all the way back to the days of the Assyrian Empire’s dominance. Even in a backwoods nation like Judah people got together to turn the rumor mill into some theory of how the power brokers of the day were conspiring to hold the masses down. I guess humans have always been paranoid. Through the prophet Isaiah, God has given us some great advice for dealing with conspiracies.
Let’s pretend for a moment that each and every one of these modern conspiracy theories are true. OK, prhaps not all of them. Pick your favorite. Let’s pretend the Vatican really are the world’s puppet masters. Or the Rockefellars and their inheritors are, or… you get the idea. True or not, I have the same two words. “So what”. Whether you are conservative or liberal, neither Trump nor Obama are the end of the world. Even if the Illuminati are real, that doesn’t mean God is any less in control. We have no businesss fearing any group in power whether real or imagined. The Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is still in control. That is no conspiracy theory. It is a cold hard fact.
When You came to this earth, You nailed to the cross the sin that truly did hold me down. Nothing presented a greater danger to me than my own sin, and You have taken it away. Then through Your resurrection You defeated all the powers of death and hell. No power real or imagined sought my harm as much as those two, and You rendered them both powerless. Now You have ascended to the throne where You are ever interceding on my behalf. No authority here on earth, whether real or imagined, supercedes Yours. When I truly understand who You are, no conspiracy theory, no matter how legitimate can stir up any fear. For You are greater.