Like it or not, we are in the midst of a spiritual war that won’t be resolved until Christ returns. Many of us would rather not be in the middle of all of the conflicts we see going on in the U.S. and elsewhere. We may think that it’s best for us to just run somewhere and hide to avoid all the stuff that’s going on, just living our lives minding our own business as if that will keep us out of the fray. But all of us must choose between the two sides in these conflicts going on in the spiritual realm that manifest themselves in our physical realm. You must sign up to battle on God’s side through his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, or by default you have joined Satan with his army of principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places.
Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad,” Matthew 12:30. If you are not living for Christ, you’re working for his enemy–plain and simple. For those of us who are the redeemed, having been saved by the Lord Jesus, don’t allow the enemy from discouraging you in your stand for Christ. You may consider yourself as small and insignificant, but your seemingly unimportant hum-drum godly actions and godly words can have a huge impact you may not be aware of. Just keep in mind what can happen if we don’t take our stand for Christ.
You have the power to prevent God’s judgment
God gave Ezekiel a word for ancient Israel that can be applied today. In a land full of conspiracies, false doctrines, stealing, covetousness, bloodshed, etc. that was carried out by prophets, priests, politicians, and commoners, God said, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them…” Ezekiel 22:23-31. Since no one tried to persuade people to do what was right, since no one prayed to God for his help, he handed down a sentence against wickedness.
Why we should care
The Bible gives us reasons why we should care besides what was mentioned in Ezekiel 22 about trying to avoid his judgment. Our concern should be motivated by our love for God and love for our neighbor. We must be concerned because:
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted, Psalm 12:8.
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 11:11
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34
What we should do
Besides putting on the full armor of God as stated in Ephesians 6, we should cry out to God like David did in Psalm 12. David looked around and saw evil prospering everywhere, so he said, “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men,” Psalm 12:1. He then went on to name the specific sins he witnessed and prayed against them. The Lord, of course, knew all that was going on. He was just waiting for someone to care enough to invite him into the situation to do something about it.
David prayed another prayer at Psalm 140:8–“Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.” He prayed against the wicked ideas that evil people desired to carry out and stated he wanted their plans thwarted to stop them from exalting themselves which included them forcing their evil will on others.
Proverbs 11:11 quoted above also gives us another tool to use–the blessing of the upright. This can include many things like being a blessing to the fatherless, widows, the poor, and foreigners. It can be sharing the gospel verbally with someone. It can include setting a godly example by how you carry yourself at home and away from home. It can even be a simple word of encouragement to someone who needs it. And it can be taking a public stand against something that occurs in our communities that is clearly wrong.
My prayer is that we, the true saints of God, will build ourselves up in our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keeping ourselves in the love of God, and that we will “not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” Galatians 6:9.
Harry A. Gaylord