“For we battle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and power, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians
Working out our salvation with fear and trembling means that each of us needs to earnestly seek God as to what it means for us to be His follower in the location, and time frame and circumstances that he has placed us. Just as no two snowflakes are alike, so no two Christians are alike. God has created each of us with unique gifts, strengths, personalities. In His sovereignty, He has placed us into selected family and country situations. Each of us was born for such a time as He believes is most fitting. Therefore, it is not possible for each of us to know categorically how another Christian should strategically respond to the battle we fight against our common enemy – the devil and his demons.
A key question for me is how do we battle?
- Some Christians are built as warriors who designed to stand in confronting combat with ideas
- Some Christians are built as medics who nurse the injured back to health
- Some Christians are guerrilla fighters who strategically engage when the time is right.
- Some Christians are built for the foundational support of prayer and distribution.
The common thread is that we are all engage in the war for the hearts and minds of the souls of this world.
To often we take pot-shots (friendly fire) at our own team, without respecting that we are on the same side and fighting a common enemy. Taking a lesson from when Gideon defeated the Midianites because they turned on each other, it would be a shame if we let the devil gain ground because we took down our own.
So, in this spiritual war, we are all called to be activists, but the roles we perform will all be slightly different.
Truth is not determined by which ‘worldview’ wins or loses. However that is defined.