Remember the Real Enemy
I have noticed a trend among some Christians that bothers me and needs to change immediately. I have noticed that many Christians have become known more as angry political activists than a group of people devoted to seeking and saving the lost. Many Christians are mad at the world. They’re mad about movies, they’re mad about the news media, they’re mad about the President, they’re mad about the Supreme Court, they’re mad about same-sex marriage, they’re mad about abortion. They’re angry, and I get it. I’m angry. And anger, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Paul told the Ephesian Christians, “Be angry, and yet do not sin (Eph. 4:26).” Paul was angered when he learned that there were some in Galatia embracing false teaching. In fact, the entire epistle to the Galatians is filled with expressions of Paul’s outrage. Anger is a natural emotion, and one that is justifiable for the Christian who sees the world turning its back on God and His word.
However, in our anger, we need to step back and remember who the real enemy is. The news media is not the enemy. POTUS is not the enemy. SCOTUS is not the enemy. The enemy has always been and continues to be SATAN. He’s the real enemy. He’s the one we should be fighting. And as Christians, we cannot forget that the battle is about souls. The war is a spiritual one. It’s fine to be involved in the political process. In fact, we need more Christians involved in politics. There is always a need to stand boldly for the truth. My belief is that Christians have been too silent for too long. We need to be more vocal about the immorality in this world and how to fix it, but you don’t fix it with anger and malice. Don’t fight like the world. The world seeks to destroy its enemies. The world plans and plots their demise. That’s not what we are to be about.
We should be truth-tellers with tears. While anger may be a natural emotion we feel as we see sin applauded and encouraged in our world, we must not forget to mourn. If we see others as Christ sees them, and if we love others as Christ loves others, we will be deeply saddened by their sin. In Luke chapter 19, verses 41 & 42 we read these words:
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
Jesus wept over the inhabitants of Jerusalem. It hurt His heart that the people had rejected Him. If they would have accepted the Messiah, they would have known peace, but prejudice blinded them. As a result, they would endure destruction. It’s interesting to note that the Greek word for “weep” in this passage is the term klaio and it carries with it the idea of loud wailing. Jesus didn’t just shed a few tears. He wailed bitterly for the people—people who rejected Him, but people He loved nonetheless.
Sadly, there are many Christians who spit venom rather than weeping. They are so angry about the persistent sin in this culture that they employ tactics that are unchristian. Rather than feeling immense sorrow, they allow hate to fill their hearts. Rather than looking at the ills of society through the eyes of Jesus, they see things through the eyes of bitterness and utter disdain. Rather than praying for those promoting such sin and feeling immense concern for their soul, they systematically pick them apart through mocking and ridiculing. It should concern us when God’s word is being ignored, or when our Lord’s character is under fire. We must stand firm for the truth when it is under attack. But we also mustn’t forget that souls are involved. There are many living in sin and promoting sin because they don’t know the truth. These folks don’t know the things that make for peace. They need to hear it from us. Like the residents of Jerusalem, they may forfeit the opportunity to know the Messiah, but at least we gave them the opportunity. Remember, Jesus prayed for forgiveness for those who were driving the nails through His hands and feet.
Do we weep for the condition of our nation? Does our sorrow motivate us to do what we can to change hearts? We weep and we mourn because there are so many who have become slaves to the real enemy. And when we despise them rather than seeking to rescue them, we become no better than the enemy we’re fighting against.