2 Ways to Overcome Conspiracy Theory Syndrome!
Adapted from “Conspiracies” by Barry Bennett
When we heard about the first cases of the coronavirus, there were theories flying about where it came from, and the truth is, its origin really isn’t the issue.
What matters is how we deal with the fear that surrounds it.
“You should not say, ‘It is a conspiracy,’ concerning all that this people calls a conspiracy, neither fear their threats nor be afraid of them.” —Isaiah 8:12
As a believer, you don’t have to be overcome by Conspiracy Theory Syndrome (my term), a manifestation of the spirit of fear.
Destroy this syndrome and all other fear by:
Renewing your mind. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” —Romans 12:2
When you focus on conspiracy theories, you are being influenced by the fear of man and imagined unseen forces that they believe are secretly controlling their lives. You cannot be filled with the revelation of a good God and simultaneously be filled with worry about intricate conspiracies of men. Even if there are conspiracies among the lost, their darkness cannot put out our light if we choose to walk in the light.
Think on these things. “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.” —Philippians 4:8
Conspiracy Theory Syndrome violates every principle in this verse. Conspiracy theories can only exist in an atmosphere of mistrust. That is not the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit. Whatever your mind consumes will either bring freedom and joy or dread and apprehension.
Conspiracy theories can often neither be proved nor disproved. Those who believe them will deny any contrary evidence with the statement, “That’s what they want you to believe.”
We certainly live in a world where the enemy is blinding the minds of unbelievers. But what is sad is when the minds of the believers also allow deception over truth and leave the purity of the gospel for the mental puzzles of conspiracies. There is no life in that pursuit!
Awareness of what is going on in the world is one thing. Obsession and lack of peace are another.
Be careful not to allow anything into your heart that steals your peace.