Conspiracy Theories?

“Conspiracy theories” are popular with many people, and some of them gain traction among the Christian population as well. It should be instructive to us that scripture actually has a word that speaks to these, in Isaiah 8:12-13:

“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’ in regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, and you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.  It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy and He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread.”

Isaiah indicates here that people will be yelling “conspiracy” in regard to certain events, but he also says that God’s people should not be caught up in it: “You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy.'”  And he also gives the reason why.  He says “You are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.”

Isaiah reveals that pointing to a “conspiracy” is a way of “fearing” a certain group of people, as if THEY were somehow secretly in charge of the goings on the world.  But the person who believes in God knows that there is a higher power operating in this world, and we are to respect HIM, not them.  God is sovereign in the world, not any group of earthly “elites.”  Psalm 103:19 proclaims: “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.”  Thus the prophet reminds us: “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy and He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread.”

Perhaps you never thought of fearing a conspiracy as an affront to God, but it is. We aren’t to fear any “conspiracy” of men; as Jesus taught, “fear HIM who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).  History is not in the hands of a conspiracy; it is in the hands of GOD!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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