Faith Perspectives – October 4, 2017
By Scott T. Sharp, Pastor
First Baptist Church Nashville
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the division which exists among the people of the United States is worse today than it’s been at any time since the Civil War, and it doesn’t seem to matter what issue we’re talking about. People can’t seem to find any common ground in order to address the problems which need fixing.
Much of the problem stems from the lack of a simple understanding about what is right and wrong, and the wisdom, discernment and propriety missing in the lives of citizens is staggering.
We hear about the deranged actions of parents toward their children and brutal attacks committed by one American against another. People wonder why drug use is increasing, why children are killing themselves and one another, why alcoholism is more prevalent, why marriages are failing, and why our country is imploding all around us.
Politicians claim we need more social programs.
Scholars claim more education is needed.
Activists protest for more social reforms.
However, despite all the effort each of these groups throw at society’s problems, our situation worsens – why?
Because America’s problem is not secular in nature, it’s spiritual.
Though few seem willing to broach the subject, America is engaged in a spiritual battle against a spiritual enemy, and no amount of money, education or social reform will win this war.
God’s word says our enemy is Satan, and the chaos, corruption and evil which exist in America today stem from his assault on all that is good in our society.
He’s at war with America whether we’re willing to admit that or not.
In Ephesians 6 we read: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not war against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
So what is the solution?
Very simply put, we have to stop trying to fight a spiritual war and solve spiritual problems by secular means.
When we try to fight a spiritual war against a spiritual enemy without following the spiritual guidance of God’s Word, we might as well try to drive a car without an engine.
Conducting spiritual warfare against a spiritual enemy using money, education or social reforms is a waste of time.
Without God and His word, there is no way to move forward or make progress in the battle.
The presence of evil in society is a spiritual problem which comes from a spiritual enemy.
Therefore, spiritual power is required to change the status quo and that power can only be found in God and His word of truth.