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
We are weary. The events of this year just won’t let up. We long to go back to the days of walking around, faces uncovered, saying, doing, thinking and believing whatever we wanted to. The good old days – you know – February.
But let me ask you this, what if you were sleepwalking? What if you were blissfully unaware that you were strolling through dangerous minefields of complacency? Would you still want to go back there? Maybe it was easy because we were in slumber.
Our faith has been easy thus far, hasn’t it? We are surrounded by like-minded believers. We have access to worship freely. We get to grow in the knowledge of God with friends and casseroles.
Then came 2020 and we were blindsided. Covid-19 distanced us from one another. Social unrest furthered the divide. We found ourselves swimming in a quagmire of misinformation. And to top it off, it’s an election year. Social distance has become an ideological canyon.
Our response is naturally to protest. We want things the way they were. Back when we were sleepwalking. We fear the New World Order and conspiracy theories are launched from whatever side we're on to whatever side they're on, and back again from them to us. Because it is us against them. Except that us looks a lot like them at the moment.
But what if God just wants us to wake up? What if He wants us to stand up? You know that cozy hesitation we feel when we don’t want to leave our warm beds to go into the cold air? What if this is it? What if we are being called to our battle stations? What if our cushioned, comfortable Christianity was our time to train, to prepare, to fortify, to arm ourselves with what we need to stand up to the present day?
And what if the real conspiracy was that the devil, the enemy of our souls, was goading us on with the things of this world, with the headlines and the tweets, to distract us from our mission? Do we even know what the mission is right now?
We’re looking hard at what he said, what she said, who’s lying, who’s denying justice. But we are not looking at Christ, what He said, what He’s saying now, that He’ll never lie to us or deny us justice.
No wonder we are weary. We’re fighting flesh, while the prince of darkness is fighting us, all while we're trying to get back to sleep.
Hear me when I say this. There is no better time to be in Christ Jesus than right now. If we believe what we say we believe, we should be excited to face this season of testing. We should be standing as beacons of light, firm and strong, with the Armor of God fully upon us. We should be deep in His Word, wrestling in prayer, and declaring the One who is victorious over all of this.
When we fight fire with fire, the whole world winds up looking like hell, and no one can claim innocence. So how about Jesus’ living water to douse the flames instead?
Can what we post, share, tweet, text and send be of God, of love, of joy, of peace? Can the angry ones not be us? Can we truly embrace a hurting world right now? In Christ, I know we can.