March 29, 2012
I’ve been hearing from readers who point to this or that conspiracy theory to explain the sorry condition of our country and the world.
I don’t want to discuss those particular theories. After all, who can deny that conspiracies exist? The 20th century saw Hitler’s “Final Solution,” Stalin’s purposeful imposition of a famine in the Ukraine, and Mao’s Great Leap Forward, followed by the Cultural Revolution, in China—real conspiracies that claimed tens of millions of victims. In our own very young century we find such conspiracies as Obamacare, the Man-Made Global Warming hoax, Canada’s “human rights” tribunals and commissions, and the UN’s “Agenda 21” for “smart growth.” They are all designed to erode our liberties and enrich and empower their proponents.
But conspiracies can accomplish nothing unless there is a certain amount of public support for their goals. Even schemes that are imposed from the top down by brute force, by massive campaigns of deception, or by legislative trickery cannot make headway unless more people support their ends—or just don’t know or care—than oppose them. You can easily see the truth of this by imagining a conspiracy to force Americans to give up alcoholic beverages. Oops—you don’t have to imagine it: they’ve already tried that one, and failed to make it stick.
Support for the objectives of a conspiracy need not be explicit. In fact, it usually isn’t.
Very few people, for instance, want to promote the spread of sodomy. That’s why most states have amended their constitutions—or tried to!—to block “gay marriage.” Most people, given the chance, vote against it—even in California. Nevertheless, Organized Sodomy just marches on and on from classroom to classroom, from newsroom to newsroom, from corporate sponsor to corporate sponsor, always getting whatever it needs to keep on winning.
So it would seem that, in this case, the conspiracy gets everything it wants in spite of widespread opposition. But what seems to be, and what is, are two different things.
Imagine a “gay rights” conspiracy in the Muslim world. Imagine it in America in 1792. How successful do you think it would be?
But here and now, this conspiracy succeeds because the opposition to it is only skin-deep. The people have, without knowing it, already bought into the core concepts of the movement: sexual freedom—that is, the “right” to fornicate—is absolute; when it comes to personal life, everyone has the authority to decide for himself what’s right or wrong; and it’s strictly forbidden to “judge” anyone on a question of personal morality, unless he’s a Christian or a Republican.
But more importantly than all of these, we as a nation have ceased to believe that God’s laws do or should govern every area of life.
Once upon a time we did believe that, and it protected us from a host of evils. Conspiracies that could have made no progress then are running wild today. Now we’ve demoted God to, at best, an advisory position, and His commandments to suggestions. Now, the only standard is… well, there is no standard.
For me the hardest verses in the New Testament are “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21) and “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). We are tempted to take them out of context; and when we do, they seem to be telling us to throw in the towel, surrender the world to the Devil, and live solely for the hope of Heaven. And because many Christians have interpreted them so, we live in a world in which a flaccid, pietistic church makes futile, timorous protests, or no protest at all, against tides of corruption, burgeoning tyranny, and societal decay.
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But what Our Lord is really doing in these verses, and so many others, is inviting us to join Him in His own conspiracy against the evils of this world. The Kingdom of Christ will surely reign on earth—but only as soon as He is enthroned in the human heart. Otherwise it could only come by force, which Christ Himself disavowed on two separate occasions. “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” Jesus demanded of His disciples, when He was arrested in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:53). And to Pontius Pilate: “[I]f my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight… but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36).
The goal of Christ’s conspiracy—the goal that we today ignore, to our hurt—is to go to all nations and teach them “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Once God’s law governs our hearts, it will soon govern all the kingdoms of this world.
Don’t be afraid of mortal man’s conspiracies, real or imaginary.
Work for Jesus Christ’s conspiracy, to see His kingdom come.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com