Conspiracy Theories Notwithstanding

May 8, 2002

by Dennis Lombard

I get some of my best ideas from my wife Mary. One morning when I came to the breakfast table, she was reading her Bible. She looked up and said, "I have a scripture for you."

She showed me Isaiah 8:11-13, and as I read it, a light went on in my head. "Do not call conspiracy everything these people call conspiracy...," the prophet had said. "Do not fear what they fear...." It concluded, "Fear the Lord only...."

I thought of all the conservatives, myself included, who have been so concerned for many years about the One World Government and New World Order and Council on Foreign Relations and other man-made plots - many call them conspiracies - to take over the world and strip us in America of all of our freedoms.

I am not naive, I know there are dark forces, and people, in the world who want to do such things. Thatís been more apparent than ever since September 11. But more and more, through eleven years of publishing our Home Times Family Newspaper, first from the back room of our home then from our current office, I can see how impotent the political and sociological and ideological wrangling of men have been.

I first noticed this when I began to lose faith in my beloved Republican Party. I saw how the GOP gave lip service to pro-life planks and shut out real pro-life people like Alan Keyes. With Cal Thomas, Blinded by Might, I began to realize our Religious Right had become a new kind of phariseeism that was impotent to change us. Beyond that "loss of faith," I began to realize (in the immortal words of William Bennett) that "Politics is not where itís at...."

This had been a gradual transformation in me, from earlier years when my idealism had made me a (believe it or not) Bobby Kennedy liberal. I was initially, on this side of the aisle, a political conservative but I soured on politics. Then I was a moral conservative, but I got tired of moralizing. Finally I have moved into my present state as a traditional conservative. Politically speaking, all I can say for myself is that I believe in the American Creed. But more and more I have come to believe:

  • The real conspiracy going on is not exactly on the human or political level - where men are full of their own selfish agendas and inability to get along - but on the demonic level from whence they all get their wicked inspiration. The real dark forces are the spirits of hell that fill all of the schemers and plotters with such revolutionary ideas, both individuals and groups we are afraid of.

  • The real problem, at that level and also on the level of our moral slide in America, is spiritual.

  • Thus the ultimate answers lie not in armies or politics or diplomacy or philosophy - but in good old fashioned prayer and dependence on God. America and the world need prayer, followed by spiritual revival and unity of people of faith. Then we will see a harvest of faith and peace such as we have never known.

  • Nor should we neglect our military strength or political activism or international diplomacy and presence - but our first line of defense in our post-modern world is prayer.

I donít know quite where to go with all that. Iím no preacher or son of a preacher. But the current state of our affairs has given me religion like never before. It is an understatement to say that we live in perilous times - with plane-bombs leveling our skyscrapers and "dirty nukes" reportedly cruising our streets. Politics and war have made us strange bedfellows with our enemies, and I fear where all of this will lead us.

I only know that if we honor God in all of our affairs as a nation, He will honor us and protect us and indeed bless us. Thatís a conspiracy I can believe in.

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© 2002 Home Times Family Newspaper

Dennis Lombard has been a community newspaper editor since 1972, and is currently editor and publisher of Home Times Family Newspaper, a traditional conservative monthly which he founded in 1990. He resides in Lake Worth, Florida with his wife, Mary, and they have seven children, 13 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Home Times, soon going weekly, serves Palm Beach and Martin Counties in Florida and the nation by mail subscription, covering world, national, and local people and issues, home and family, arts and entertainment, and religion, all with a traditional conservative worldview. For a free copy call toll-free: 888-439-3509 or go to http://www.hometimes.org.

Send the author an E mail at Lombard@ConservativeTruth.org.

For more of Dennis' articles, visit his archives.

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