Conspiracies, why do we love them? How could we not? For some, outing a conspiracy smacks of neutralizing those nefarious individuals who are secretly plotting to control us. For some, the joy of conspiracies is in the unraveling of the Gordian Knot of cryptic information. We love them or fear them or tolerate them for almost as many reasons as there are people.
Here is a question for you, “How would you define a conspiracy?” The Oxford online dictionary defines “conspiracy” as “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.”1 It is a fact that some conspirators believe they are doing good. Perhaps they are and maybe not, but they are convinced their plan is the best course of action. And others know they are pursuing an advantage.
Are there conspiracies? Do they exist? They do indeed and have probably from before the incident in the Garden. There are national and international conspiracies, and there are neighborhood and family conspiracies. Some pose real threats and others, not so much.
What should we do about conspiracies? Carefully confirm the facts! Conspiracies are, by nature, difficult to authenticate. When tracking with an “expert” in a field of which you are not an expert, cross-check the conclusions. When we have emotionally bought into a conspiracy theory, we often sense within ourselves resistance toward opposing interpretations. “The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.” (Prov. 15:14 NIV)
Finally, be gracious to those who do not find your favorite conspiracy compelling, for you have passed on others who came to you highly motivated by a conspiratorial discovery.