1 Samuel 22:8
“That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?”
Have you ever been around someone who always thought that people were talking about them, or that something was done to get back at them? In the verse above, it is clear that Saul thought everybody was against him. He thought that because nobody told him where David was that they had made a league with him to destroy Saul. His conspiracy mindset led to the eventual demise of his kingdom.
Sadly, many Christians tend to live in the conspiracy world. I am talking about a person who thinks that they are always the subject of everything that is said, whether good or bad. The person who has the conspiracy mindset thinks that everyone is against them. This mindset reveals a couple of things about a person.
First, it is a sign that they are self-absorbed. Saul was so wrapped up in himself that he could only think that everyone was talking about him or against him. The Christian who lives with a conspiracy mindset is truly self-centered. You reveal how self-absorbed you are when you think that everything said or done is about you and is an attack against you.
Second, it is a sign that you have done something wrong. If you have done no wrong, you won’t read into things that are not there. It is the guilty person who thinks everyone is talking about them. If you are right with the LORD, there is a freedom and inner peace you get from the LORD that causes you not to worry about what others say or think.
The conspiracy mindset results in several hurtful things. First, it destroys good relationships. You will drive a wedge between you and valued relationships because of the accusations you hurl at others, and because of what you think they are thinking or saying about you. The conspiracy mindset will hurt every relationship if you allow it to control you.
Second, it hurts the work of the LORD. It hurts the work of the LORD because it creates a divisive spirit among God’s people. Israel was sorely divided because of Saul’s conspiracy mindset led him to attack David. My friend, there is too much to do for the LORD for Christians to be divided over a person who thinks everyone is against them. You cannot allow yourself to become a part of someone’s conspiracy mindset.
Third, it causes people to look at man and not God. The area of most damage that a conspiracy mindset does is that it causes the followers to take their eyes off God to defend their leader. Too many battles are fought over personalities instead of lifting up the name of Christ. I am in no way saying that we should compromise what we believe, but I am saying that a battle over a personality is wrong. The only battle the Christian should fight is for truth. People always take sides when a leader acquires the conspiracy mindset. When people take personality sides, they are leaving God’s side. We serve Christ, not man.
Christian, if the conspiracy mindset is controlling you, it is time to get yourself right with the LORD. If you keep your eyes on the LORD and do right, you won’t ever find yourself living with a conspiracy mindset.