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But the wicked will continue to be wicked, but those who are wise will understand…
Daniel 12:10

 In less than twenty years we have witnessed profound changes in our nation.
Increasingly in our society we see good called evil and evil called good.  If you believe the Bible contains non-negotiable instructions for how life should be lived, in line with who God is, how He should be worshipped, how we should treat one another (and personally I do) it is evident we have gone far down the path away from His expectation of what is good and what is evil.

I fully understand the case could be made that how one interprets what the Bible has to say is their truth. But many of these issues do not require a PhD in theology to rightly understand.

The sanctity of life,  biblical definition of marriage to name a few.

The truth is we have been played believer, non-believer, atheist etc….
I am not an expert on urban slang but when I read the definition of played in the Urban Dictionary it certainly applies,  “Made a fool of, chumped, taken advantage of.”

We have been made to look lol fools, taken advantage of, given false information by the ultimate player. He has many names but two that stand out is the Father of Lies and the Great Deceiver. This player does most of his work behind the scenes and only a very few acknowledge his existence. Ephesians 6 tells us about his infrastructure,

“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.”

The Message explains the rules of engagement,

“This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels”.

How have we been played? We in the corporate church we have spent far too much time fighting against one another. Or we have settled for a “love is all you need”* theology, allowing the wolves the Bible speaks about into the sheep pen.
Add to that a mindset that is focused on “our best life now” and other similar themes, that rewrites scripture, “set your affection on things right now not on things above”** and you have a church that seems barely aware,

that children are being slaughtered by the millions,

of darkness in the form of active persecution and deception,

that the Gospel is being neglected as we seek to build empires instead of people.

Those who are non-Christian, non-religious seem more than happy to go along with whatever culture dictates as truth. The price is cheap and it allows you to live however you please. The original lies in the garden repeated over and over and over.
And the deceiver, the father of lies, the god of this world loves it so…

Because his end game has always been, always will be, the destruction, the eternal loss, of that which God prizes most.

You and I and the countless millions who will live come and go on this earth, and the ones who are yet to come until time is up.
All loved, all significant to Him.

We need to recognize the real enemy behind the problems our world faces.

But most important we need to ask God earnestly without reservation what He would have us do.

There exists no problem God does not have an answer for.
The enemy we face  while formidable would have little chance of succeeding in the evil he creates without those willing to do his bidding. Even though they may not see him behind it.
The ability to do good to offset that evil depends on the same thing. And if we are listening we have no excuse for inaction.
I believe we will answer for what we did with what we had in this life but we will also answer for what we did not do.

 

* Disclaimer-From a Beatles song by the same title not the Bible

**Colossians 3:2

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