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The Real War and Enemy Combatant

Many Americans are enamored with militarism, which is the belief or desire of a government or people to maintain a strong military capability, and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests. In fact, as a nation, we spend trillions of dollars to maintain the finest military in the world. I grew up in a military family, all Marines, so I carried this type of thinking into adulthood. Two of my sons currently serve in the U.S. military and I am proud of them for doing so. There are of course, often complaints from some sectors of the population that we spend too much on our military. While I think there is a lot of bureaucratic waste, I also think it just costs a lot to maintain the finest volunteer military in the world – maintaining the cutting edge of anything always costs a lot.

There is a combatant mentality that rises from this type of thinking though, and this combatant worldview has invaded all sectors of American society; politics, social issues, whatever you can think of there are enemy combatants on all sides. Americans do not disagree, they are at war with each other; politically, racially, and socially. Democrats and Republicans are not struggling to make the nation better, they are enemy combatants warring to have their ideology be in the top position and be in control. Corporations and famous people use their positions and influence to wage war in the public sector to have their ideologies control social issues by doing things like refusing to do business in certain states because they do not comply with their worldview. We all see this every day.

What I would encourage other Christ-followers to do at this moment in time, is not lose sight of what scripture tells us about this warfare we are engaged in.

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Republicans and Democrats are not the enemy, the conservative or liberal factions are not the enemy either. There is a war going on, and whether you like it or not, you are in the war. But this war is spiritual, and those people we have fallen into the habit of hating and considering the enemy are not the enemy. They are all casualties of war, pawns manipulated and controlled by forces unseen. This is the worldview of the apostle, and it must be our worldview as well since we are Christ-followers. Yes, we should speak out, contact our government officials about our positions, and vote. But if we have not prayed, or we are hating those people who oppose our view, we are wrong and are part of the problem – not part of the solution.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” 

 

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