"For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens." Ephesians 6:12
These are dark times in this country. Summertime is supposed to be a carefree, fun time for kids out of school and families on vacation. Yet, the last two months have been replete with a rapid fire of shootings resulting in mass murders. It began with the Mother Emanuel shootings a short drive from me, and it has continued with shootings at military recruitment stations as well as in personal homes and another theater, this time in Louisiana.
We turn on the news any night, any time of the year, and we get the same thing: death, death, and more death. Children are killed or maimed in drive-by shootings, families are murdered in their homes by those close to them, people are shot dead at work or while enjoying a fun outing.
As awful as all of this is, we as Christians need to never lose sight of whom we battle. Yes, these are men (primarily) who carry out these atrocities, but make no mistake about who is behind it. The devil is real, as are his minions. The Ephesians verse above makes it crystal clear to us believers: we battle not man, but the powers of darkness that surround us. And....it is getting worse.
I have had young people not understand how someone could do these things; my reply to them is that there is evil in this world. Ultimately, there are two factions: good and evil...and they are in a constant battle. The good thing is that we Christians know the ending already......and our guy wins.