This morning in prayer, I felt a strong sense of urgency again. The silencing of truth, the closing of the churches, and the stoking of emotional, racial, and political fires are the marks of this pandemic war effort. “They” are trying to divide and conquer us. It’s a strategy of war:
“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Sun Tzu also said the “opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” What opportunity of defeat are we giving our enemies. What opportunity are they giving us? Are we so busy defending and reacting that we don’t have time to go on the offensive?
It seems we are allowing ourselves to be pushed into a corner and are considering small wins (really “gifts” from the enemy) as victories, when the enemy knows better. They give a little to take a lot. If they can distract us by “sweeties” (Narnia reference), they can slyly take things and gain ground while we are reveling in our “victory.” Do not be deceived.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”Winston Churchill
We have politicians and others pushing an agenda. They will do whatever it takes, sacrifice whomever they can, and fight to the death to win. They aren’t letting this pandemic go to waste. They are using it to usurp power and authority, silence the truthtellers, and divide us through false safety. If you don’t know the Word, if you don’t have Jesus in your heart, you will be deceived. You will easily be swayed by whatever they tell you. Can you see it in our world right now?
The other night I listened to a school board meeting where there were teachers and parents crying because they are so afraid of getting this virus and dying (or their children), and they are afraid they are going to give it to someone else and kill people by breathing. This is a fear I have never seen before. It’s the fear of the “what if,” the, “could be.” It’s a fear that everyone could be carrying this deathly disease that could wipe out their friends and family, and ultimately the world. Do you know what that tells me? There are a lot of people who are lost and don’t know Jesus Christ. Perfect love casts out all fear. So all the people who are living in fear are not living under the perfect love of the Father.
As I listened to these people and considered having seen this fog or cloud of sadness or utter rage over people in the last several months, I realized something: these people are ready for a Savior. And if the church is closed and isn’t preaching Christ to these lost and hurting souls, they will put their trust in another. If that happens, their life on earth being taken by a virus will be small potatoes. We are dealing with the eternal souls of broken people who need rescuing. If they don’t have the Rescuer, they will live an eternity in Hell.
“And indeed, have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; and to still others, show mercy tempered with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh.”Jude 22-23
With all the mandates our governors have given, there is one which supersedes them all. This mandate must be our focus, no matter how much this war tries to distract us. Think about it: if the enemy of our souls can cause Christians to fight even each other, can divert our attention to the chaos, and put us in fear, then he has won in his efforts to keep us from spreading the Gospel. Read the book Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis; it explains it well there. Our mandate is from the Highest, the King of kings:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:19
How much of your time (and mine) has been taken up by fighting, by thinking about ourselves? How often have you mentioned in conversation with others the love and peace that comes from Jesus? I can tell you for me it became easier once I realized I had nothing to lose. My pastor (God bless this man and his amazing family) says,
“Boldness comes when you realize you have nothing to lose.”Pastor Jon Duncan, Cross Culture Christian Church, Lodi, CA
We have to realize we are in war, but our war is not against flesh and blood:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”Ephesians 6:12
Take up the full armor of God and get ready to fight for your family, your friends, the lost, and the Lord. If God is for us, who can be against us? Let’s make it a point to pray for others and to ask Him to bring us opportunities and train us in evangelism. In the same way as the politicians are not wasting this crisis, neither should we. Let’s take advantage of this pandemic and share the love of God in Christ to a fallen and desperately hurting world. Go church, Go!!! If we don’t, who will?
Prayer: God, make me a warrior. If you’re looking for someone to send, send me. I’m ready. I know you and love you and want everyone in the world to know you and love you, too. Send me opportunities to speak your name, to share your truth, and to lead people into your kingdom and righteousness and peace. Forgive me for my sins, for my thoughts of foolishness even, and if I’ve fallen short of your mandate – forgive me for that, too. Teach me to be ready in season and out of season, and ready to give a reason for the hope I have. This world needs it so badly right now. Help me share YOU. In Jesus’s name, Amen.