Eph.6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
We blame all sorts of people on our problems. We blame presidents, congressmen, governors and mayors. Now don’t get me wrong, they are often willing participants in the drama of the day but there is something more sinister behind it. There really is an unseen world that effects this world in ways that would probably surprise us. The spirit of the age, the antichrist spirit, does its best to hinder the kingdom of God. It will do anything and use anyone to shutter our doors and shut our mouths. That’s why we have been in such a battle this year and that’s why I am encouraged. The Lord always stands with His church in difficult times. These are the times when miracles become the order of the day. Here is how C. S. Lewis describes it.
“Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. When you go to church you are really listening-in to the secret wireless from our friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious to prevent us from going. He does it by playing on our conceit and laziness and intellectual snobbery. I know someone will ask me, ‘Do you really mean, at this time of day, to re-introduce our old friend the devil—hoofs and horns and all?’ Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns. But in other respects my answer is ‘Yes, I do.’ I do not claim to know anything about his personal appearance. If anybody really wants to know him better I would say to that person, ‘Don’t worry. If you really want to, you will. Whether you’ll like it when you do is another question.”
What happens when you attack God’s people is that sooner or later they begin to wake up. They see the warfare they are dealing with and they see the power of God that is promised and is available to all of us. No we are not going to back down and we certainly aren’t going to stay silent. There is too much at stake for that.