The Illuminati

“You know The Illuminati, right?”

Someone asked me that question recently in the middle of an otherwise normal conversation about politics and religion.

This Illuminati that was being referred to is the group many think is responsible for Tupac’s death, Dave Chappelle’s sudden move to Africa, the 9/11 tragedy and the weeds in your garden, just to name a few.  If you Google the word Illuminati you’ll get somewhere around 51 million results.  If you Google Illuminati again, you’ll notice a black van parked across the street from your house.  If you write a blog post about The Illuminati they’ll immediately come and get you and take y

Okay, I’m back.

Conspiracies, and by that I mean the merger of two or more parties to do something shady, have been around since the Garden of Eden.  From that point we’ve witnessed a long line of assassinations, power grabs, cover-ups and so on.  We may not know all of the details involving the murder of president John F. Kennedy, for example, but we can all agree that two or more people were conspiring to make it happen.

But for every conspiracy there must be somewhere around, well, 51 million conspiracy theories. By conspiracy theories I mean those claims that are so void of tangible evidence that they could never be proven and are so bizarre that an effort on your part to disprove them will lead the author or supporter of said conspiracy theory to believe that you had something to do with it all along.

“Do you have any evidence to support your claim that Mr. Rogers worked for the KGB?”

“I knew it!  You’re in on it too.”

See what I mean?

When I was asked the question, “You know The Illuminati, right?” the bizarre conspiracy theories were what was being referred to.  The question could have just as easily been restated as, “You know that there’s someone behind the scenes controlling all of this crazy stuff that’s going on in the world, right?”

I spent the rest of the day thinking about that question and about conspiracy theories before finally coming to this conclusion.  So what if some weird group is controlling things from behind the scenes?  What are we going to do about it?  Maybe we could write them a letter and tell them to stop?

Dear Nicolae, Brody, and Jay Z:

Please stop all of your Illuminati shenanigans.  Thanks!

Sincerely,

Jay

P.S. Before you stop, could you do something about getting the Falcons in the Super Bowl this year?

Christians have a better option than obsessing over what might be happening.  While he was living as a refugee under several different corrupt kings, I’m sure that Daniel had plenty of opportunities to speculate.  Instead, after seeing the terrifying visions that God had given him, Daniel, “went about the king’s business” (Daniel 8:27).  And this king was one who would soon die as a failure.  How much more should we be about the business of our King who is risen and victorious?

There is no doubt that there are corrupt and conspiratorial powers at play in our world.  But it would serve us well to remember that the world is not run by a small group of men in a basement somewhere in The Netherlands, even if that sort of thing really does exist.  Instead, as Sam Storms points out, Jesus Christ is the architect, builder and goal towards which all creation is moving.  He is the one, not shadowy government types, that is sovereign over all things and holding all things together.  As for the man or group that stands opposed to his reign, no matter how powerful they may be, their “dominion shall be taken away to be consumed and destroyed to the end” (Daniel 7:26).

Now, if you’ll please excuse me, there’s a dude in a black suite that keeps knocking on my door.

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:16-17 (ESV)