War

It has been long since my last substantive post. Rest assured, I have not been slack in doing the Lord’s work, I have just been fighting the battle on a different front.

The fundamental truth of life on earth is war. Constant, unceasing war between two great powers. If we fail to recognize this, we are unable to correctly interpret the events around us. And one of the prevalent heresies in Christendom today is that the devil started the violence. The devil, we are told, led an uprising against God, seeking to unseat Him from His throne in a cosmic coup d’etat.

That’s bullshit.

We can see the way that the devil staged his rebellion against God’s authority by watching his proteges stage their rebellions against God-appointed authority. First, mistrust authority. Second, claim equality. Third, demand “democracy.”

That’s right. The devil’s rebellion was the first recorded democratic uprising.

And it was peaceful.

The first violence occurred when the armies of God began to forcibly put down the democratic uprising:

Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. So that huge dragon–the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world–was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him. —Revelation 12:7-9 (NET)

If this makes you uncomfortable, you don’t understand the authority of God.

If you don’t understand the authority of God, you will falsely call the sacrifice of the Canaanites “murder.”

If you don’t understand the authority of God, you will falsely call marriages He ordained “rape.”

If you don’t understand the authority of God, you will glorify the divorces that He hates.

And you will do all this while professing to love and serve Him.

If you can’t glory, revel even, in the fact that God exercised His ultimate authority to violently put down a peaceful, democratic rebellion against Him, you are not His friend, but a friend of the world, no matter what you claim. War is the reality. You get to choose who you serve. But know this. Christ sees those who do not fight for him as enemy combatants. Submit to the King of the universe. Beat your plows into swords. Ride into battle behind the rider of the white horse. Then he will give you authority under Him, just as He has authority under His Father.

Take joy in the ultimate authority of God.

From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” —Revelation 19:15-16 (NASB)

 

5 thoughts on “War

  1. Luke 12:49-53 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

  2. @MNM

    I think a case for fiery swords could be made.

    What is more compelling (to me) in Luke’s recitation is the expression of Jesus’ urgency and anticipation: “would that it were already kindled!…How great is my distress until it is accomplished!”

    I love that!

    And the foreshadowing of the baptism by the Holy Spirit that comes at Pentecost, and which is seen as fire. Both accounts written by Luke, of course.

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