There is a large number of people who… Whatever comes next almost doesn’t matter. Whatever given subject or idea that you choose, there is bound to be out there some, maybe many, or maybe even a majority of people who support or believe in it on some level, depending on how the question is asked. But really there seems to be a large number of people who believe in or have some level of interest in angels. There is a smaller number of people it seems, who believe in fallen angels. And of course there are the “intellectuals” who of course believe in neither angels, demons or a God who rules over them all. It seems that a large number of people will believe in anything, but the reality is that a lot of those people really don’t believe in anything. Most people just get blown from one idea to another, or they just have a superficial belief that allows them to not really have to consider what they believe and why.
Why is it that in polite society the two things you are not supposed to talk about are politics and religion? To answer my own question, yes these topics can get heated. But why do they get so heated, why is there such emotion there? These are arguably two of the most important things we can talk about and we are required to make decisions about them that will effect our lives and afterlife significantly.
The real answer may seem offensive but it is true. Most people don’t want to know the truth and so they cover their eyes and simply tell themselves that the boogeyman really isn’t there. This is true whether that boogeyman is a political issue, religious issue or any other thing that real deep thought on might cause serious fear. I believe this is why movies like the Matrix are so successful. And no I am not talking about the sequels. But back to my point, I think a little deeper down but not too deep down, people really know there is much more to this world than meets the eye, but they just don’t want to see it. They try to hide the truth with everything from “science” to drugs, but most people just tune out to the truth and comfort themselves with the knowledge that anything beyond what they see is either nonsense, fairy tails or conspiracy theory.
If most people were to just take the hand from in front of their eyes, they would see the truth is not far from them at all. Not that every mystery would be revealed but they would start to see that the world is not what they thought it was and perhaps even more terrifying is the fact that once you see that things are not what they seem, is that you have even less answers then when you started.
Once you see the veil of this world lifted, you start to ask, what’s real and what isn’t, what motives do people or forces really have, who can I trust and where does it all end? So back to the question of why do people not like talking about politics or religion and when they do why does it get heated? First off the answer is that people don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to know, because if they knew they would have to live different and act different or wage a war to suppress the truth to themselves. Why it gets heated, well there are good reasons, such as people really care about these issues and they want others to know the truth or what they think is the truth but sometimes its because people really don’t want to know the truth at all.
How does this bring us to spiritual warfare? Well the biggest part of any successful war campaign is secrecy, misdirection and obfuscation. You may take notice that Christianity tends to thrive when it is persecuted in places like China. One reason for this is because persecution wakes people up to the truth of what is happening and they understand there is a battle and that it is an important one. But if you trick people into thinking there is no battle they give in to complacency and the eventual disbelief that there even is a battle or anything worth fighting for. Ideas are important and some are worth fighting for. The truth is worth fighting for. Not in a crusades kind of way but in they way that the disciples died for their beliefs and in the way that Martin Luther stood up to the Catholic Church and in the way that William Wilberforce fought to end slavery.
Satan is the enemy of humanity whether you believe he exists or not. He and his fallen angels are waging warfare against humanity in more ways then we imagine. There is no doubt in my mind that the forces of evil are literally involved in politics and man-made religions. Not just in the party that’s the one you oppose, but in both parties in this country and every other party in every other country and beyond.
If you take an honest look at the world and see the evil, all the murders and crimes and acts of selfishness, it is not hard to imagine that evil exists in this world. One way we cover our eyes is, we tell ourselves that when we see evil, it is for some specific reason and that it is not a force but simply an effect and not a cause unto itself. It is true that because of God’s grace that our world isn’t a much more dangerous and evil place. However, if you take an honest look at the world you can see that we wrestle against something more forceful than one political party or even one ideology but against a much larger system then we can see in just one person or place.
If you accept the truth that there is more to this world than meets the eye and that their are spiritual forces at work to destroy humanity and anything good, you must wrestle with a lot of questions. I don’t have all of the answers, but I know that that in human terms the battle is not short but Jesus wins and that with God all things are possible and that He has the ultimate victory.
Cross posted from Christianwalkalive.org/blog