It is so amazing to realize that a local assembly of believing saints can recognize and identify when there is spiritual attack at play within the community in which they live. The tragedy of it however can lie in the method in which it will try to approach that fight within the community. When Paul spoke to the people of Corinth, one thing he told them was “though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every though captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 HCSB).”
As Christians, we are twice blessed in understanding that we are created as spirit beings living a human experience. The crazy thing I often see is when believers will resort to arguing and fighting in natural means, believing that this will in some way bring a change in the community.
Yet, what would the results look like to fight a spiritual battle in the prayer closet, attacking that false kingdom that has far too long held a stronghold over a community; then exit the closet as a people of understanding, knowing truth, speak truth, live truth and work through our God given gifts and talents, allowing our difference from the world to be the light that draws the attention of a world seeking what it yet lacks?
I find no evidence of Jesus, Paul or any of the other apostles assaulting the world they sought to bring salvation to. There were things that Jesus spoke to his people that outsiders could not or would not understand. He did not argue with the outsiders. He did however confront those who were suppose to be the holders and teachers of truth. When Jesus, Paul and the others entered the world, they met the world with their gifts and talents; then offered truth when it was received.
In the aftershocks of what is taking place, not just in Baltimore, but in other areas across our nation, it is time to assess exactly where our battle lies, with whom it is with, and develop the appropriate strategies that will result in an outcome that not only gets results that bring healing to our hurting communities, but directs all glory to God.
The prophet Habakkuk saw great devastation in his day but declared “I will stand at m guard post and station myself on the lookout tower. I will watch to see what He say to me and what I should reply about my complaint. The Lord answered me: Write the vision: clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it (Habakkuk 2:1-2 HCSB).” There is a vision that God has for Baltimore and the nation in regards to the state of affairs of injustice and inequality that has plagued this nation. There are also a chosen people who are called to help bring this about. It won’t come by fractured means or misplaced anger. It will come from those who can see the greater issues, the willing heart to root out the weeds that hide among the flowers, and re-establish foundations that have shifted. Yes prayer is essential. Yes action is necessary. However, knowing this is only one step. Knowing who, what, where, when, why, and how this thing needs to be fought is how this battle will be won.
QUESTION: What are your thoughts as you continue to see things in this nation continue to unfold?
- Baltimore Riots: Mother confronts son at riots (foxsanantonio.com)
- Baltimore Riots: Gang Members Say They Didn’t Make Truce to Harm Cops (hinterlandgazette.com)
- Baltimore Rioting Leads All Network Evening Newscasts (adweek.com)
- Mom smacks son for participating in Baltimore riot (cbs6albany.com)
- Photos: Freddie Gray’s funeral (cnn.com)
- Peaceful Protests, Funeral for Freddie Gray Eclipsed by Violence (theroot.com)
- WATCH: Rev. Jamal Bryant says ‘Young People Are Out of Control’ (blackchristiannews.com)
- Baltimore Protest Leader Jamal Bryant: ‘Police Have Been ISIS To Us…We’ve Been Terrorized’ (VIDEO) (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Chicago Pastor: Rioting Could Happen Here, Too (chicago.cbslocal.com)