So why are people so fascinated by it? What’s the draw to seeing plotting and scheming where others see coincidence or (more commonly) nothing at all?
Personally, I believe there’s a gnostic component to it. There’s something we humans like about being “on the in” and having some secret knowledge that the greater unwashed masses are ignorant of (the buffoons). It allows one to maintain an air of superiority because, hey, if you know secret stuff then you must be one of the elite, dude.
The reason this is on my mind tonight is that I’ve heard some talk in the past few days (and for some time now, actually) about some supposed conspiracy that has been going on for centuries. Apparently some very sinister people in high places are trying to bring the world governments together under one banner (ostensibly the “mark of the beast”) and usher in a new era of persecution for the Church.
Ok, not saying it’s utterly impossible, but c’mon – are human beings really that organized (or that smart?). We can’t even pass on a democracy for more than a dozen generations, what makes us think there’s some centuries old human conspiracy? I think that gives men way too much credit. (which is why it must be women! ok, kidding 😉 )
At the end of the day, though, what I really see coming from the conspiracy theorists is fear. Fear for house, fear for bodily needs, fear for loved ones, fear for possessions. Even just fear for fear’s sake.
But here’s the thing: I think fear is the real sinister force, not some shadowy organization of humans. Are we not Christians? Can we not say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Besides, if there is any centuries old conspiracy, I can guarantee it’s not run by human hands and minds.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
– Ephesians 6:12
And even in that case, do we not believe what the Apostle wrote?
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
– 1 John 4:4
And again, from our Lord:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
– John 16:33
So instead of fear, have peace, dear Christian. Christ has secured your salvation, and no one can snatch you out of His nor the Father’s hand.