For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood (contending with only physical opponents), but against the despotisms, against the powers, against (the master spirits who are) the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Ephesians 6:12 (AMP)
OK…put up your dukes. That was the challenge I remember back in the “old” days. The days when Godly correctness ruled our society and before political correctness ran amuck. Back in the days when boys became men by standing against their aggressor or the playground bully. Fighting used to be considered socially acceptable behavior as a gauntlet to manhood. Back in Passaic New Jersey, a small industrial town 15 minutes from New York City, fighting was a way of life but through no choice of my own. Some days I would have to literally fight my way down the block to get to my paper route. And I did not like it. I was afraid of fighting. So why did all the bullies, and there were many, always pick on me? I guess now it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I never ran or backed down from a fight. I had my honor, more that a bloody nose, to protect.
Not so much anymore. Our current left of center society wants nothing more but to negotiate and compromise with the bullies so everyone will like them. But who are the real bullies we’re fighting these days? The Bible says it’s “the world rulers of this present darknes, against the spiritual forces of wickedness”. So if you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and have a passion to defend yourself against the bullies of this age, you must take the apostle Paul seriously. If a person or politician is not for Jesus Christ and His ways, he is against Him. And if he is against Him he is on the side of spiritual wickedness. Therefore, are we to back down from the bullies, seek compromise or take a stand against them?
Many will defend compromise and say we only want a fair or “balanced” amount of Jesus. I say there can be no compromise. It is either all or none of Him. Love the person but seek no compromise with the rulers of this present darkness that control them.
If you value your honor and character, more than a bloody nose, or better yet, if you love Christ more than life itself, there is only one answer. Take on the whole armor of Christ and put up your dukes.
Have a Christ filled Sunday,