Wrong Battles and Wrong Weapons

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Modern evangelicalism is fighting the wrong battles, against the wrong enemies, with the wrong weapons.

In this past election cycle we have witnessed that many Christian leaders are clearly fighting the wrong battles. The battle that the church has been charged with is not a political one one. Paul in speaking of his ministry in 2 Corinthians points to the nature of our warfare:

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, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 ESV)

We are not waging war according to the flesh. Part of what Paul is conveying is that people are not the enemy we are at war against. Taken hand in hand with what Paul says in Ephesians, “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 (Ephesians 6:12 ESV).” Our enemies are of the spiritual sort sewing the seeds of demonic doctrine and removing the word of God from the hearts of many who heart it. Again Paul tells his son in the faith Timothy, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (1 Timothy 4:1 ESV).” Those we might often consider are enemies are not, they are they slaves of our enemy the thing which can liberate them from their spiritual bondage is not political in nature.

Our battle against the forces at darkness in the world to day will never be won through lobbying the political powers in control, or by voting in and voting out political leaders. Our weapons if we are to fight the right battle against the right enemy must be the same weapons used by the apostle Paul. Paul’s weapons are those which bring about the obedience of faith. In Ephesians 6 there is only one spiritual weapon listed and that is the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. Our weapon is the gospel, the gospel in which God shines the light of His glory in the redemptive work of the Son. If your primary battle is against a political party your fighting the wrong battle against the wrong enemy. Our enemy is none other than Satan himself who trembles at the truth of the gospel. As we move toward Christmas and the New Year let us remember the true battle that we face and not get side tracked.

 

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