War Zone

There are two wars going on, one in the Ukraine and the other in the United States.        

Often a significant effort to hide the loss of a leader is made in war. 

When Aleric II and his army were sweeping across Italy he was killed. His loyalists didn’t want their enemies to know for fear his body would be desecrated. At night they diverted the waters of a river, buried him in the river bed, and redirected the water into its normal channel. His grave was never found.

Are we hiding or ignoring the loss of leaders in the battle for moral sanity and legal reasonableness? The casualties are mounting.

Often the cause of war is conceptualized in a person. In reality war is ideological. Contrasting concepts battle for the mastery of minds. Our current “war” is about how persons dress, how women and children are treated, about what god is worshiped and how, about what music and entertainment is allowed, sexuality, and even what century we live in. It is a war of philosophies and though essentially manifest on battlefields where it will be won or lost, classrooms. 

Those foreign opponents of us currently believe with all their hearts America is the great Satan. Their perception of our society is that it is decadent, depraved, degenerate, immoral, perverted, and corrupt.

Some folks are not going to like this, but there are plenty of symptoms to give them that feeling. Proponents of an alien evil philosophy have awakened in America a greater sensitivity to our conditions than a thousand pulpits could. There is an awareness of a need for God and morality such as has not been felt for a long time. 

America is not nor ever has been perfect. However, the ideals on which America was built are far superior to any world order of the day. Those ideals are embodied in the lives of many good, honorable, noble, moral, and spiritually committed people. 

The question begging to be answered is who has the best evangelists. Will it be the evangelists who advocate perversion and immorality, or the evangelists who champion biblical morality? 

Confidentially, many with the heart of a spiritual warrior ask what they can do. Start with your sphere of influence. Consider yourself the guardian of it. Therein stand firmly for the cause of Christ. Don’t expect to go unopposed, expect it. But remember, “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake….” (Philippians 1: 29)

That theme runs through the New Testament. If it comes, face it with this spirit: “The apostles left the council and were happy, because God had considered them worthy to suffer for the sake of Jesus.“ (Acts 5: 41)  

Take heart, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him….” (II Timothy 2: 12)

Till then live rejoicing. It will drive the opponents nuts.