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God is NOT blind; God IS in control; God works out ALL things.

May 18, 2011

This is a follow-up post to my first post about Conspiracy Theories. It deals primarily with Conspiracy Theories, but is relevant for dealing with all idols.

Let me open with a quote from Pastor Mark Driscoll: “Anything, even a good thing, when elevated to a God thing, becomes a bad thing.”

Defining Idolatry

The problem with idolatry isn’t that the subject in question is inherently bad. In fact, quite often, the subject in question is inherently good, or true, or relevant. The problem, however, comes when a Christian allows said good, true, or relevant things to effectively take God’s place in their lives.

If a Christian spends MOST of their time reading the news, being a political activisit, and worrying about the direction our country is heading in, as well as their own economic future – and effectively ignores Scripture reading, prayer, and relationship with God, then that is an idol that needs to be toppled.

If a Christian spends MOST of their time researching conspiracy theories, holding grudges against the government, and being angry about the corrupting power of money or influence – and effectively ignores Scripture reading, prayer, and relationship with God, then that is an idol that needs to be toppled.

The same is true of drinking, smoking, eating, playing on the computer, sex, entertainment, and so on. If a Christian spends MOST of their time doing any of these things, and effectively ignores God while they do it, and before and after they do it, then it’s an idol that needs toppled.

God is a jealous God; the first commandment commands that we shall have “no other gods before [him]”; and Paul writes twice in 1 Corinthians (chapters 6 and 10) that “Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” This should definitely include conspiracy theories.

The Main Problem with Christians and Conspiracy Theories

The problem I’ve noticed with conspiracy theories is that the majority of Christians who get caught up in them start taking them more seriously than they take the Bible. Or if not, then they obsess about them far more than they read the Bible.

Most people who believe in conspiracy theories would gladly spend hours a day to research the theory, but hardly give God a half hour for anything. They will read the news, the blog posts, watch movies and shows, and listen to the radio about their conspiracy theories, but don’t spend even half that same amount of time listening to Christian sermons, radio, movies or music, or praying, or reading the Bible, or much of anything that will build their relationship with God. And there God sits in heaven, a jealous God, watching his children daily fill their minds, hearts, and spirits with fear, anger, frustration, contempt, and paranoia, all the while hardly turning their eyes toward heaven. And when Sunday comes, they go to church, turn their eyes toward heaven and cry out to him – not in repentance for their own sins – but in want for God to satisfy some aspect of their own lives and condemn other sinners.

Idolatry is a Like Visiting a Prostitute

Paul relates sexual idolatry to a man uniting himself with a prostitute, and then asks, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!” (1 Corinthians 6:15). I think this is a great illustration for all idolatry – sex, drugs, computer, food, drink, conspiracies. When we fill our lives with more and more of the things we want, and less and less with God, it is like a man who spends more and more time away from his home and wife, seeking his own pleasures and desires (and sometimes culminating in an affair). How would the wife feel if her husband did that? How does God feel when we do that?

Conspiracy Theories Create a Weak God

And besides, what weak god is not big enough to handle a conspiracy? We cannot believe in both a God who is big enough to hold the world in his hands (1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 24:1) and count every hair on every head on earth (Matthew 10:30), and also a world that is spinning out of control in the hands of conspirators. For “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” (Hebrews 4:13a), Christ is supreme over ALL on the earth and in heaven (Colossians 1:15-23), and ALL authorities on earth have been established by God himself (Romans 13:1).

So, if there are actual conspiracies in the works in the world (as that which captured and killed Jesus), we can be assured that God himself knows of them and has allowed them to happen. In fact, “The Lord works out everything for his own ends— even the wicked for a day of disaster.” (Proverbs 16:4).

So, truly, what is the point of holding on to a conspiracy theory? It distracts the believer from true belief in the resurrected Christ; it turns his eyes from hope in God to the fear of man; it leads him to obsess over something which he has no control over; and it propagates the notion that God himself is not in control, that somehow he has lost control, has relinquished control, or never really had control in the first place.

Make no mistake:

  • God is NOT blind.
  • God IS in control.
  • God works out ALL things for his own ends.

There is no conspiracy theory that is as big as God, that can overpower God, or that can outlive God. So, why do so many people spend more time with an impermanent, eternally insignificant, and uncontrollable obsession, than they do with the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Living Hope, the Eternal Salvation, the Risen Savior, the Only True God? To elevate ANYTHING to ANY place of authority on par with God, or above God, is to worship such a thing as an idol and to deny Christ’s supremacy over ALL things. Conspiracy theories are only fluff in the wind when compared with Him (Ecclesiastes 1:14).

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