Our war is not against flesh and blood….
Our fight is not against human beings.
It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world. – Ephesians 6:12
the territory ruled by a prince
Most later translations of Ephesians 6:12 prefer “authorities” as a descriptive for the hierarchy our is fight against.
I prefer “principalities” because it is a more specific description of the enemies we face.
In Ephesians 6:12 Paul describes an unseen, very real presence that works through a network, a system of connected entities. This is not unlike a corporation with a CEO, board of directors or a government with its various branches.
These principalities, powers, and spiritual forces work behind the scenes through human vessels to carry out an agenda.
We try to make sense of the tragedy taking place in our world on a daily basis.
The constant threat of war, terrorist bombings, human slavery, the epedemic of drug abuse.
We try to make sense of how someone could open fire on people at a concert, killing and wounding hundreds more?
John Kass of the Chicago Tribune offers this perspective,
“At least 59 are dead now, more than 500 injured.
As of this writing — days after his killing spree —authorities could not offer a motive. This is especially odd, because in such cases motives are usually released within hours; the shooter was a madman, or he had political associations and resentments forming the latticework of motive.
But not with this one, not with Paddock.
And I fear there is more to come…
If we accept the reality of the existence of these principalities Paul writes about in Ephesians, we begin to understand that the tragedies like these, the evil that seems to increase, is not a series of random events.
What we are witnessing is an organised, ongoing rebellion to oppose God, and His plan of redemption, led by one whose sole purpose us to kill, steal, and destroy.
Sometimes it is only explanation that makes sense.
And there is more to come…
These principalities and powers that drive individuals to commit horrible crimes are the same powers that influence a nation to move away from the faith in God, and biblical principals that has taken our nation through many storms and mistakes.
We honor God on our money and sometimes with our words but our hearts are far from Him. (Matthew 15:8).
The battle lines are being drawn, the day of reckoning is coming.
And I ask “what do we do?”
Asking serious questions, being honest with my answers is a good place to start.
Fan or follower?
Which am I?
In a poll conducted by ABC News in July over 80% of those polled identified as Christian.
If I say I am a Christian and compare how I live to the biblical definition of Christian, do I measure up?
If my life looks no different from those who do not follow Christ, maybe I’m not following Him.
And I cannot lead others to Him if I’m not.
Increasingly following Christ is not for the faint of heart.
In fact if my convictions as a Christian does not bring opposition, tension from those outside the church I might want to examine what I’m standing on.
Pray for our nation for one another.
Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against His church.
But the power of prayer must proceed all of our efforts to wage war.
Remember the bad news that fulfills what Jesus said would come in the last days is also a reminder of Good News.
He is coming back.