Frequently, people come up to me with the air of someone who is about to impart a dark secret, and half-whisper something like this “Did you know that there is ABSOLUTE PROOF that the government is spying on us with Black helicopters??”
Or perhaps they’ll tell me about “secret mind control experiments” or “compounds being prepared for use against sabbath-keepers”, or about secret government conspiracies to do… well, almost anything from cloning Elvis to sterilizing mankind.
But what is the TRUTH about the whole Conspiracy Theory Movement? ARE there government conspiracies to cover up UFOs? Is Bigfoot’s baby being kept in a secret government facility? And what place do these conspiracies have in a true Christian’s life?
There are a great number of people who thrive on these conspiracies. Some people jump out of airplanes for excitement. Some rob banks, others watch horror movies, still others read conspiracy theories. But besides being “exciting”, it makes them feel special, and important, to believe that everyone is out to get THEM. And to think that they know something “special” that “normal people” are deceived about.
I even had one man come to me once and tell me that the Man of Sin was going to be using holograms to deceive the world – he had PROOF, he’d seen the government practicing it near his house! And not just him, but over 30 witnesses saw the forest on fire one night, and yet the next day there was no sign – it had all been a hologram!
When people come to me with these stories, they want to know what I think of this. And they usually recoil in shock, hurt and offended when I tell them that they may well be right, but that it really isn’t important. That it has almost no bearing on the people of God.
Don’t misunderstand; I’m not saying that all conspiracy theories are wrong. The ones about holograms and Bigfoot I have grave doubts about, but there is reasonably good evidence that the government has been involved in a TON of incidents designed to take freedom away from the children of Israel in general, and the church of God in particular.
I’m not ignoring that or saying that any of these theories aren’t true. Many of them are. They have to be – after all, Satan is the God of this world, and the inventor of lies… and his followers act as he does. And what is a conspiracy except a lie perpetrated by a person or persons to cover up the truth?
But what I AM saying is that it DOESN’T MATTER TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD!
How can I say that? How can I say it ISN’T important that, for example, the United States is being run, hand-in-glove by some small group of people in a faraway land? How can I say that something like that ISN’T IMPORTANT to the people of God? Well, it’s quite simple. Let me explain.
This particular story may well be true. Satan would like nothing better than to control the children of Israel who inherited the blessings of Abraham, namely the United States, England, and most of northwestern Europe. And because of the sins of these nations after God gave them the blessings, God has no doubt lowered the fence and LET them come and do this. After all, He promised He would.
Isaiah 5:3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? …
What nation – throughout HISTORY – has ever been blessed with the wealth that this nation has? 6 percent of the world’s population controlled 49 percent of it’s wealth! The United States and British Commonwealth has dominated the world for over 400 years because it received the bountiful blessings God promised to Abraham – and God asks, WHAT MORE could I have done for this vineyard? How could God have blessed us more, as a nation?
Verses 4 …wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
And yet, when God looked for the FRUIT of righteousness that SHOULD have come from these countries, he found evil and sin. Have you ever eaten a wild grape? It is small, bitter, and hard to swallow. Even as, when God expected a righteous nation, He instead received a nation that He can barely stomach! A nation that is WORSE than the Indians whom He drove out in front of it! (2 Chronicles 33:9) And so….
Verses 5-7 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will TAKE AWAY THE HEDGE THEREOF, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and HE LOOKED FOR JUDGMENT, but behold oppression; for RIGHTEOUSNESS, but behold a cry.
So yes – this conspiracy MAY well be true – it’s going to happen sooner or later!
Deuteronomy 28:43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
But it is a prophecy of God that it MUST happen! It is a prophecy of God that it SHOULD happen! And yet it DOES NOT MATTER to the church of God – except, perhaps, as an interesting, occasional anecdote of the fulfillment of prophecy
Why doesn’t it matter? Why doesn’t it matter if this nation is being run by a small handful of people in a far nation, or Germany, or Russia, or for that matter, Rome or Tahiti? Because WE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD!
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Our citizenship, our ALLEGIANCE, is not to this world – no, our citizenship is in heaven!
Philippians 3:20 (ASV) For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Because the Kingdom of God is not of this world, like it some day will be, but the Kingdom of God is in heaven! So also, if we are a member of that Kingdom, it must be a part of the heavenly one!
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but NOW is my kingdom not from hence.
And so it really doesn’t matter to a member of the church of God what deep, dark conspiracies are going on, or may be going on, behind the scenes. Because since we no longer belong to this country, we have what you might call diplomatic immunity.
Psalms 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; BUT IT SHALL NOT COME NIGH THEE
And so I have explained why conspiracy theories are not important to me – whether true or not. Now let me explain why they are destructive to those who devote hour upon hour to either pass them on or to hear a new one.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with hearing a new conspiracy. It can be integrated into your general understanding of the universe, and applied to a fulfillment of prophecy, and might help you understand a bit about the nature of God or the devil, or both. Then, once it is set into it’s proper place in the puzzle, you can move on and more or less forget it.
But the people I’ve known don’t usually stop there – this bit of knowledge that makes them special obsesses them, and it’s the only thing they talk about, and given the slightest chance they will always change the subject to that. Rather than being obsessed about finding or telling some new thing in scripture, they are obsessed with this. You might even say this becomes their God.
I cannot, of course, speak for everyone. I can however, make generalizations based on the many conspiracy theorists I’ve known. And my conclusion is that most of them *need* to have these conspiracies. They give them a reason to live. And I can also state that anyone who is constantly worrying about Black Helicopters is seriously deficient in faith, if they have any at all – because of Psalms 91:7, as I just quoted.
But then, faith has always been directly connected to having your citizenship in heaven. It takes FAITH to consider yourself not a part of this world, and to really believe that you will be more or less unaffected no matter who runs the earth, or what conspiracies there are afoot.
Hebrews 11:8-11 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Abraham, BY FAITH, left his home, and his country, and sought another. And he spent his entire life in a strange country, NEVER owning it, never being a part of it, or belonging to it. But always looking for another Kingdom, a Kingdom NOT OF THIS WORLD, built and made by God Himself! And he died without finding it! He DIED a stranger to this world!
Hebrews 11:13-14 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they SEEK a country.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, indeed ALL that have died in faith and earned a seat in the first resurrection have declared that they were a PILGRIM, a STRANGER, an AMBASSADOR to this world – a member of another Kingdom!
They were not involved with the politics of these nations, and they didn’t care about their conspiracy theories either! And now we come to the DANGER of those who are too involved in Conspiracy Theories!
Hebrews 11:15 And truly, if they had been MINDFUL of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
IF THEY HAD CARED about what went on in these countries, if they had WANTED to be a part of them, if they had MISSED them and wanted, desperately NEEDED to know what was going on in them, THEY COULD HAVE RETURNED!
They would have BACKSLIDED and lost sight of their GOAL, the future Kingdom of God, and gotten caught up in the present, pathetic kingdom of men! Whose lies and treachery and deceit could never be fully known though a thousand men spent a lifetime on it! And more importantly, COULD NEVER BE HELPED!
These pollutions of mankind, his lies, and his worries and fears become a thing of the past for any TRUE Christian, a member of the TRUE CHURCH OF GOD! He is FREE, a part of another, better nation! But if they lose sight of the truth, and fall into any of the many traps, of which this is only one… Well, God says…
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob wouldn’t have cared whether Russia, China or the moneyed elite was in charge, or who was lying to whom – because THIS WASN’T their home! They had no land or nation to defend on this earth! Instead, they looked for ANOTHER Kingdom, a HEAVENLY one! SO SHOULD YOU!
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, AN HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
So, what do I think about Bigfoot’s baby and crop circles and airplane trails and the millions of other conspiracy theories out there? Maybe they are true. Maybe not. I’m sure that some are, and equally sure that many aren’t… but either way, it really doesn’t matter to the people of God.