“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” – Ephesians 6:11-13 ESV
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
– 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV
Brothers and sisters, we are at war. I fear we often forget it. I fear we rest on our laurels and enjoy playing church. In the meantime the enemy is diligently doing his work as he devours our friends, neighbors, and, most regrettably, families.
Oh how easily we believe the lie of peacetime. We live in an age of extravagant comfort and weaponized distractions. So very gently we get rocked to sleep as we hear the gentle tune of materialism and shallow Christianity singing us into the night. As we slumber, the enemy does what he always has: he steals, kills and destroys. We fake a shocked face and question God’s goodness as we watch our children reject the faith, our marriages fall apart, our churches forget the gospel, and our communities pursue libertine pleasure. Then we go back to sleep.
Will we ever wake up? Will the bride of Christ remember the call of the Lord who bought us? Will we remember that the day of the Lord is at hand? Will we remind one another that each of us will give an account before almighty God? Or will we sip on our pornography, dabble in the culture war, and ignore the “cosmic powers over this present darkness” that are destroying us?
What is the war? It is the war of ideas. The war of belief. The war of thoughts in your mind and in the minds of your brothers. The battle ground truly takes place at the idea level. What do we believe about Christ? What do we believe about love? What do we believe about the goodness of God, the wrath of God, or the grace of God?
I challenge you brother or sister, get in the fight. Pick up your armor. Know how to use your sword, which is the word of God, and bring hell fire against the enemy. March forward into the darkness with the gospel of peace. A day of peace is coming, but today we are at war.