The entire world is ruled by a small group of elite men in a basement somewhere in Norway. Also, Tupac is alive. He’s been living in that basement with them for years now.
In that basement, these men are dividing their time between gathering together all of the crisis actors for the next mass shooting, putting hidden messages on cereal boxes, adding extra poison to the chemtrails, fooling us into believing that the earth is round, and trying to suppress Alex Jones.
Of course, none of that is true. But for many people, it doesn’t matter. They feel like it’s true. They wish it was true. And isn’t that good enough?
We are living in an age when conspiracy theories have become big business. What was once only talked about around campfires and at dinner tables has now become the fuel that drives a significant portion of the Internet. All of this means that for people who care about the truth, extra discernment is needed.
There is a distinct difference between a conspiracy and a conspiracy theory. Conspiracies have been with us since the creation of man. King David conspired to have Bathsheba as his mistress and her husband killed. Judas conspired against Jesus. And we would be foolish to believe that everything in our government has always been just as it was presented.
But conspiracy theories are different. They are, well, theories. And often, they are theories with no grounding whatsoever other than an appeal to our imaginations or the destruction of those we don’t like.
I’ve heard my fair share of conspiracies and conspiracy theories. I can remember being told a while back about a time when people will be spied on through their phones and televisions. I laughed it off as just another conspiracy theory. Today, I’m not laughing and I find myself hiding from my phone quite a bit. But I can also remember being told that those shadowy figures in that basement in Norway are planning something really big that will pretty much shut down the world and have us all wishing we had done a better job on our go bags.
And it would happen on September 3, 2002.
And then September 3, 2006.
And then September 3, 2016.
Eventually, these folks will be right and then they’ll release an online video from their bunker bragging about how they predicted the latest tragedy while encouraging us to keep digging for the truth.
It’s sad how the people who keep digging for the truth don’t seem to have much interest in the truth when it turns out to not be all that interesting. Like, what if some of the strange and shadowy actions of our government have more to do with incompetence than the Illuminati?
For Christians living in a world of conspiracies and conspiracy theories, there are a few questions worth considering.
First, imagine with me for a moment that the world really is being run by those basement dwellers in Norway. What are you going to do about it? Write your congressman? I hope that works out for you. Here’s a template you can use.
I have just discovered that a group of men in Norway have captured Tupac and fixed the Super Bowl so that the Patriots would lose. Please take care of this.
I’ve got a better idea. Love God and love your neighbor. When Jesus told us that those two commands sum up the entire Law and Prophets, he wasn’t doing so under a perfect government. As he spoke his Great Commandment, there was a conspiracy working against him that would eventually lead him to the cross. That didn’t keep him from carrying out his mission and telling us to do the same.
Next, what does your constant spreading of wild conspiracy theories about Hillary really being a shapeshifter who had something to do with the assassination of Lincoln do for your credibility? I have a Facebook friend who constantly shared stories during the 2016 election about how shadow people were really the ones deciding who the next president would be. Now imagine if that friend came to me and told me about a revolutionary new vitamin that will change my life. Do you think I’m taking it? Absolutely not! I’m not trusting my liver to shadow people lady.
The same is true of Christians. We believe in a God who spoke creation into existence, lived a sinless life among men, died for the sins of his people, rose again, and will visibly and physically come back to earth for them while riding on a horse. Good luck trying to get skeptics to buy into that when you spent all of 2016 telling them that the world would end on December 4, 2016.
Credibility is hard to earn but it sometimes only takes one shared story to lose it.
Finally, what is your ultimate hope? Many conspiracy theorists act as though they believe in the sovereignty of the Illuminati or the Bilderberg Group. The Bible paints a different picture. It is Christ, not a group of shadowy elites, that is running things.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17 (ESV)
The world is full of evil. There really are bad people who are trying to control things. But they aren't really in control. Therefore, we should not be afraid of them. They can conspire all they want but whatever authority they have rests under the authority of Christ, the Man who holds all things together and makes all things work together for the good of his people.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to head to Norway for a lunch meeting with Tupac.