On Conspiracy Theories and the God of Faith Over Fear

We’re due to relocate in a month, God willing. We’ve already given away, thrown away, stored or sold most of our stuff, and every day our house empties out a little more.

The vacancies where bookshelves or a piano or a Kenwood mixer used to stand seem to hold space for the unknowns and uncertainties we face, because we’ve made the scariest decision of our lives and who knows what tomorrow will bring?

You’ve got your own scary story of uncertainty, right? And right now we’re all living with great global unknowns and viral fear-mongering.

Paul said when we’re anxious, we should think about the truth. Here goes:

Truth #1

Unknowns and uncertainties are built into the life God designed for us. They remind us that temporal things aren’t strong enough to hold our hopes.

It’s cool that we have weather apps, so we can plan.

And it’s fun for pregnant people to have pink-or-blue big reveals on Instagram, so we can shop and gift accordingly.

And it would be helpful to know if our flight will take off next month, or when our kids will be back in schools.

But there’s something marvelous about letting God be God, and delighting in the mystery and the miracle, and not necessarily trying to predict and control every outcome.

Deuteronomy 29:29 says, ‘The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that He has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.’

Truth #2

Everything we do or decide eventually becomes a story we’ll tell.

We get to choose how we’ll live these strange days, so that one day we can weave them into words worth recounting.

I do not want my story to go like this:

‘2021 was the year I got sucked into some ridiculous conspiracy theories. They distracted me from the truth of God’s Word, and they made Christians look stupid.’

Truth #3

We’re called to be the peace, not the panic.

Don’t fear Facebook. Fear the Everlasting God who reads your WhatsApps before you’ve tapped them out. Stand in awe of the Almighty who loves you so much that, before a word is even on your tongue? He knows it completely.

Imagine how anxiety levels across the continents might drop if we all spent more time finding God in His Word – and less time trawling the internet for sensational stories.

Truth #4

God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, and He promises to share.

Ask Him for perspective, discernment, discretion, and insight.

Do the next right thing – like obeying the government.

Unless they ask you to sin.

If they ask you to get a vaccine to stem the terrible tide of a global pandemic? They’re not asking you to sin. They just want you not to be dead.

At the end of the age, some hectic stuff is going to go down.

But let’s not live in fear of someone tattooing 666 on our foreheads.

Let’s walk by faith in the Shepherd who leaves the 99 for the one.

He reigns on high. Our Redeemer lives. Nothing and no one can snatch us from His hand.

Friend, as we move into the spacious places of a new year, I pray we’d declutter by giving away love and laughter freely and courageously. I pray we’d throw out fear, and stockpile faith. I pray we’d be sold out to the Saviour who whispers,

Fear not. Fear not. Fear not.

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16 comments

  1. Dalene, this is such a brilliant piece you’ve written and timing, perfection. Only this week, I wrote an open letter to our church warning of the myriad of posts, documents, articles and pages regarding conspiracy theories and their danger. Thank you for pointing us to God’s Word, where only His truth will be found and is all we need for life and living.
    Hope the moving plans are going largely as planned. Can’t wait to see you all on this side! Take care all.

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  2. Excellent post Daelene. Thank you for putting this into words at such a chaotic time in your life. Every blessing as you head out into an unknown (to you) future. God’s got this! Keep in touch!

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  3. Thank you, Dalene. You’re right. Everything becomes a story we will tell–or hide. It’s hard to make a decision in the face of fear. My sister commented about the Capitol incident. “Some people will wake up the next day and say, ‘what just happened here?'” Fear took over, and now everyone is looking at Christians as though it were all of us.We won’t rush to tell that story.

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  4. Fantastic piece Dalene and so true. It’s so great to know that God is in control. I’ve seen it so many times in my life , so many “stories” of God’s goodness, grace and perfect timing.

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  5. Hi Dalene, we are so excited for the empty canvas that lies before you guys. Can’t wait to see the master strokes of our Father as He begins to reveal all He has planned for you. After reading you article these words jump out ‘be still and know that I am God’ Blessings!

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  6. Hi Dalene – we are in the same “boat” leaving our beloved SA and moving to Scotland. In my panic moments, God guides me to Matt 11 – Come to me – not to your to do lists or friends or podcasts or news feeds – Come to ME all who are burdened and heavy laden and I will give you REST!! It is a peaceful place to go to where truth and wisdom and comfort becomes my strength. Even just thinking that there is that place to go to gives me rest! We pray for you every week when we pray for our dear friends Lindsay and Yvonne.

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  7. Thankyou Dalene
    So refreshing and confirming, regarding God’s sovereignty, the truth of his word, will and promises, in ounteracting world conformity…

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  8. Thank you so much for all this wisdom! We are also relocating next month and are in the same position as you. Already sold and shipped all of our things! We are also hoping that we will be able to fly. With everything going on, I am so grateful to have God in my life.

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