The Real Battlefield

Our real fight is not with political issues. The real battlefield is not Left vs. Right or Democrat vs. Republican. The battlefield is spiritual.

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.”

The enemy has distracted the church with many individual political and moral issues for us to battle while the real war waged on behind the scenes. While we are distracted arguing and bickering over the hot topics of the day, our Bibles lay closed on our bookshelves and the gospel remains silent among the lips of those who are called to preach it.

Satan has tricked us into thinking our Christianity lies within our patriotism. That it is our duty to fight against men rather than for them. So here we find ourselves locked in endless debates and conflicts over the symptoms of sin rather than the heart of it. We will never turn a sinful world away from sin by legislating against it. The only way for sin to be dealt with is by the shedding of blood. Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross and put sin to death once and for all. Those who come to Him by faith are freed from sin and death and given new and eternal life, born again and adopted into the Kingdom of God as His children.

We must stop being shocked and surprised when we see the world acting like the world. We know this is a sinful and fallen world that will one day be destroyed in fervent heat and those who are still condemned in their sins will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity. It is written that this will happen. We also know the only hope for anyone is in Jesus Christ alone by faith alone.

As born again believers in Jesus Christ, this is not our home. Our home is in the Kingdom of heaven. We are strangers in this land, Ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ to deliver the message of the gospel, of hope and love and forgiveness and freedom from sin. We need to stop trying to fix this broken land by debating the issues on the surface and focus on our mission. We need to put back on the full Armor of God and take up our swords which is the Word of God, the Bible, and use the weapons God has given us to fight the spiritual war we are in. Once again we must remember we are fight for people, not against them. We must remember who the enemy really is. The only way we can truly make a difference in this foreign land is by the declaration our Lord gave us to proclaim to the lost.

We must humbly meet people right where they are, remembering where it is we came from and what we have been freed from, knowing full well that without Jesus Christ we ourselves would still be condemned in our own sins and drowning helplessly in our own sinful nature. It is only by the grace of our God through the Lord Jesus Christ that we have been set free and given new life. Keeping that in mind and remaining humble in knowing we have not risen out of this world at all but have been saved and raised out by our Lord, we have no reason to boast at all in ourselves but bow down to our Lord in praise and thanksgiving that we are saved and share that amazing grace and offer of forgiveness, new life and freedom from sin with others in the hopes that they too would come to the knowledge and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and be set free themselves.

That is our mission. To love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We preach Christ Jesus and Him crucified. We preach His resurrection and life and that He is the Way and the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the Father but by Him. There is no hope apart from Jesus Christ, only condemnation. But in Christ, we have newness of life for all eternity.

Let us fight the good fight of faith and share the gospel with as many people as possible that they too might be saved unto eternal life!

Praise be to God!

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