A movie came out some years ago called “The Devil’s Advocate,” starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. The movie had one line that stuck in my head. “The smartest thing the devil ever did was make everyone believe he doesn’t exist.” Well it went something like that. I watched the movie during my dark days of enslavement to alcohol. That line from this movie is true. People kindly say they believe in God, just in case He turns out to exist, or to have someone to blame for natural disasters, but the devil? you can’t be serious.
The present evils in our society, addictions to legal and illegal drugs, alcoholism, pedophiliacs, gang wars, and the list seems endless, is only explained that the perpetrators are uneducated in civil behavior. Evil, to many, doesn’t exist. Huh? Parents are selling food stamps that feed their children to buy dope or booze, and that isn’t evil. Mothers prostitute their daughters for drugs, or give them to their latest man, so he will stay with them…that isn’t evil either. Missing children found dead, murdered after they were raped comes into our homes via the nightly report with regularity. This is not evil either. Too often the victims are forgotten, and the guilty cad gets to spend 15 years of appeals costing the tax payers a fortune, and often never faces the sentence of death they received for their crime originally. Shouldn’t we forgive? Of course. The law eventually forgave me for speeding, they removed the points from my record, but I still had to pay the fine.
So what do we do as a people? As a nation, we should remain tough on crime and elect men and women that agree with that. We should see that the criminal fears the law. We should also be sure to have lawmen that really desire to serve the public and the nation. As followers of Christ, we should take the Word literally, and put on our battle garb and go to action. This is a fight that is won already, the outcome is in the book. But until the time of His return, we fight on.
“For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and everything that exalts itself above the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2Cor. 10:3-6
“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place.” Eph.6:10-12
I can say that helping those struggling to be free of addictions, writing to edify believers, and striving to please God in all we do, has ruffled the feathers of the enemy, old scratch. If you are doing a work in the Kingdom of Light for God’s glory, you can identify. My wife and I have been involved with starting a Celebrate Recovery ministry at our church as well, and in all of these, the war is raging! But we are more than conquerors in Christ…so we fight on. Get in the fight.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.