Here is the last part of FINDING PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 2012 ELECTION. I cannot offer a grand plan to defeat the Socialist Democrats, I have only two suggestions, that we read our Bibles and pray. What matters is God’s plan for you, not mine.
When we seek earthly guidance, we seek guidance that would pit us against earthly foes. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul points us to a spiritual enemy.
Ephesians 6:10-18 Good News Translation (GNT)
10 Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12 For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13 So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.
14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.
A spiritual enemy? Is our battle unearthly? Did Paul want us to remove ourselves from the world? Did Jesus tell us to do such a thing? No. Jesus sends us into the world; He tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (The Great Commission). To the best of our ability, we are to bring the Kingdom of God to the world. As Paul observed, although we are not saved by our own works, we have works to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10 Good News Translation (GNT)
8-9 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. 10 God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.
Therefore, to do that which Christ Jesus prepared us to do, we each must strive for a society that permits us to freely share the message of the Gospel and to live life of good deeds. When those who choose to serve evil abuse the power of government and try enslave our fellow citizens, as Christians we must act to stop them. As Christians we must work to preserve a free society.
How then do we find peace? We will find it in the knowledge we have done what we could, but the victory belongs to God.
Psalm 60:12 Good News Translation (GNT)
With God on our side we will win;
he will defeat our enemies.
This is the last post in a five-part series.
- Part 1: An Election Day Story.
- Part 2: Is It Okay To Be Angry?
- Part 3: Understanding The Nature Of The Enemy: Red Tape
- Part 4: The Best Defense Is A Good Offense