I remain convinced that we are currently engaged in a war. Not the conventional sort – the protagonists are strange and the methods unorthodox. But, a war nonetheless.
How else can you understand the de facto alliance between those who would hide behind liberal tolerance (when indeed they are anything but) and those one would expect to be their avowed enemies? In this not more than passing strange?
Of course, Ephesians 6 says: 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
I wonder how many of us live as though our struggle was indeed against flesh and blood? How many of us fight against this radical organisation or that activist court and fail to see what lies beneath? Do our prayers miss the mark as a result?
That is not to say that we shouldn’t seek justice and righteousness, of course we should. Just that sometimes it seems to me that we’re so busy fighting the immediate that we miss the bigger picture.
We fight for our charters and constitution and bemoan the fact that ‘freedom of religion’ becomes ‘freedom from religion’, that implicitly discovered rights trump explicitly written ones. But at what point do these laws become idols for us? They are, at the end, no more than imperfect man-made laws subject to the whim of fallible humans. They will not save us.
Indeed, a friend of mine once said that the introduction of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms would mean the end to both. It guarantees nothing, as seen by the reality here in Canuckistan.
Jesus said that in this world, we would have trouble. That the world will hate us. So it’s no surprise when it actually does. But be of good heart – for He overcame the world.