The Problem With Conspiracy Theories

A conspiracy is a secret plan by a group to do something deceptive, unlawful, or harmful. Conspiracies have been around since the beginning of time. In 44 BC, a powerful group of Roman senators, conspired against Julius Ceasar, stabbing him in the back. Jesus Christ was the victim of a conspiracy. His arrest was made after a bribe. His trial took place in the dark, and the charges against him were lies. These are examples of unlawful, destructive conspiracies.

While we should uncover deception for the sake of justice and peace, if we’re not careful conspiracies can take a life of their own. Conspiracies can become an obsession. We can spend all our time, effort and energy in rumors, conjecture, and here say. Instead of living for the truth we get wrapped up in fantasy over false conspiracies. After a while the mind begins to see what it wants to see, a conspiracy behind every corner. Sucked into the vortex of a juicy conspiracy we chase every rabbit trail with an undying obsession.

A great example is the gossip that spread over the buried corpse of President Abraham Lincoln. As soon as they buried his coffin the rumor mill began. Was Lincoln really in his grave? The story grew and took a life of its own. Many became convinced a conspiracy was at work. Finally, 35 years after Lincoln’s death, the skeptics got their day. They opened lid, releasing an awful odor. As the pessimists peered down, all they found, to their disappointment, was Lincoln’s rotting remains.

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(The group of 23 validating that the remains were those of Abraham Lincoln in 1901.)

Here’s my problem with conspiracy theory obsession…

1. It leads to a negative outlook.
2. Once you let a conspiracy theory move in it takes over. It becomes a huge time waster. We squander our most precious asset.
3. It robs us of energy needed for a constructive and productive life.
4. It creates a sense of fear and dread, and makes us live a sheltered life.
5. We stop taking responsibility for our own lives. We see ourselves as helpless victims, caught up in a game where the powerful have all the control. We choose to sit, as Psalm 1:1 says, “In the seat of scorners.”
6. We stop believing God’s promise that he can take all things, good and bad, and use them for good.
7. Instead of sharing the Good News that Jesus saves, we only have bad news to share.

As followers of Jesus Christ, instead of obsessing over conspiracies, we are to fill our minds with truth. The Bible encourages us to meditate on the truth of God’s Word.

There are 7,000 promises in the Bible for us. Those promises are “power foods” for our hearts and minds. They renew our thoughts, and fill us with faith to believe and work for a better tomorrow.

Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

Watch or read a good conspiracy thriller now and again if you have to, but don’t let it take over your life. Fill your mind with God’s “power food” and you will be like a tree that never withers. That’s using your time wisely.