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As followers of Christ and students of the Bible, we don’t need any conspiracy theories. We already have one, and it’s not a theory; it’s the truth. “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:11-12).
There you have our conspiracy theorists: “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,” “mighty powers in this dark world,” and “evil spirits in the heavenly places.” That’s a pretty ominous list, and there is no need for anyone to add to this group or name certain individuals. These are not theories or speculations; this is the truth. These are our declared enemies. This is what we are up against as long as we are in this world. And because we are way out of our league here against these enemies, we are not told to fight them, but to stand firm in the protective armor God has given us — armor that prepares us to endure being in the midst of spiritual warfare. That armor is explained as the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the shoes of the gospel of peace, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17). That is our protection against the real conspiracies of the devil.
Therefore, we musn’t get caught up in the alleged conspiracy theories of the day. This only creates fear and apprehension. We aren’t served by theories. We already know who our enemies are, and we know what to do about them so as to not be afraid.
And because of this, fear has no place in the life of a believer. Peter tells us that instead of fear in our hearts, we are to put Christ at the center of our hearts. You can’t have fear and Christ occupying the same place in your life. It’s either one or the other. With Christ in your heart and your spiritual armor on, there is no reason to be afraid.