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.
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.”
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)