Our world is in chaos. It’s boiling with fear and hatred. With the recent terrorist attacks and refugee crisis, there is no easy answer to satisfy all parties. While I myself am struggling to make sense of current events as a Christian and as a citizen of the United States, I begin to see what the enemy is doing.
As Christians we should always focus on what God is doing in our lives and our world but sometimes it can be a wise thing to also see what Satan is doing. Our enemy is not terrorists or Muslims. Our enemy is not the US government or police force. The enemy we ought to be fighting is the Evil one.
“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.” Ephesians 6:12 NLT
The Enemy is using fear to demoralize us and distract us from focusing on greater matters such as reaching out to save the lost souls when so many unbelievers around us are being tormented and being led straight to eternal hell. We ought to fight our spiritual battle where we are so we can all the more focus to do the works of God.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. John 4:34 NIV
The Enemy is sowing hatred among us that Americans and Muslims will oppose each other every time another terrorist bomb goes off. The Enemy is using racial tension to divide our nation every time a new viral video of a cop mishandling a minority spreads on social media. Even as we speak, the Enemy is bringing division among Christians as we all try to take a stand for what we believe to be ‘right’.
I need to first turn to God in prayer every time I hear of another terrorist attack in the news. I need to open up my bible as I read of another disturbing news on social media. We are truly living in the last days and we need to remember this prayer the Lord has taught us:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Matthew 6:9-13 ESV