In A Divided America, Our Battle is Not Against Flesh and Blood

I am a Constitutional conservative who voted for Trump, believe in the Second Amendment, and am fed up and sick of the left’s identity politics and the culture wars.

I am also a native to California, I have brown hair, O- blood type, I’m short, a fan of bluegrass, I don’t like spicy foods, and I am incredibly fond of watching British costume dramas when I’m laid up in bed with a cold.

These are aspects of who I am as a person in the world in its current state, but they’re not where my true identity lies. If America perished entirely tomorrow and all the ideas on which it was founded completely, my world would certainly be shaken up but my worldview would not be altered.

All this is to say, I have strong opinions about our culture and our government, but they are all second of all to the views that define me in Christ. And in Christ, I believe that it is my sole duty as a Christian to shine His light in the world and place Him above all other things.

This is a constant battle, to be sure.

Everything from the outrage I feel at some aspects of leftist ideology to the defiance of my 4-year-old when he is once again instructed to put his pants back on threaten to interfere with my relationship with the Lord.

Although there are often aspects of righteous anger at leftist ideology as something that directly sets itself up in opposition to the Word of God that it is my duty to defend, and my 4-year-old must certainly learn to obey his mother’s authority and wear pants, how I react to these things can either come from the flesh or be guided by the Holy Spirit. 

I will fully admit to you I most commonly tend to react in the flesh, but I do pray daily for the Holy Spirit to play a bigger role in how I handle the temptations my flesh is exposed to in every aspect of my life.

And trust me, while sanctification is very much a process, He does answer.

Something He has put on my heart lately is how important it is to remember Ephesians 6:12, a verse that in my opinion ought to define the worldview of every single believer in Christ:

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(Ephesians 6:12 KJV)

As Christians, in the raging culture war and increasingly hostile political environment of the United States and the Western world, I believe we are often genuinely called to respond and be a voice for absolute truth and morality. Issues like abortion, sexual immorality, the natural family, and the prevalence of paganism and the occult in our culture all require our vocal response, in my humble opinion, especially as Christians are constantly lured towards adapting their views to the world’s morality on these issues rather than the Biblical view.

But we must never lose sight of the fact that at the end of the day this is all a spiritual battle. The people who we are often called to speak against are deceived, by spiritual forces that are utterly determined to undermine the knowledge of God.

That’s it. This isn’t hocus pocus, this is a Biblical reality. There is a spiritual realm that we do not see (for a reason) that has a battle going on tangentially to our own reality and Ephesians 6:12 reminds us what our role is in it.

This is why it is so important not to hate the people we oppose, but just their views. Satan would love for us to preach the morality of the Bible from a place of condemnation and hate, and let’s be real, Christians do this sometimes. 

As soon as we lose sight of the reason we might defend our own views we lose the love of Christ.

Because ultimately, the only views we should have are those of Christ. And if you’re not arguing with someone online or challenging unbelieving family members to reconsider their views for the sake of turning them to the Lord Jesus Christ, then why are you doing it?

Here’s the beauty of all this: Jesus has already guaranteed us of our victory in this spiritual battle. All Satan wants to do is deceive you any which way you can to forget this simple and glorious fact of what we have in Christ.

So next time you are tempted to battle flesh and blood, remember what the true battle is–and that it’s already been won for you.

Praise Him!!

 

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