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January 3, 2013, 2:55 PM

Have Christians Lost the Cultural War?


This thought was triggered by an article I read online recently.  The question posed in that article was concerning "conservatives and the culture war".  Although I don't remember the article's author, I do remember the thoughts and feelings that subsequently came while reading the article.  The question, as it pertains to Christians and the Church, is loaded with all sorts of presuppositions and implications.  Some of which are faulty.  

In my view, the first faulty assumption in this question is that the war in which Christians and the Church are engaged is a cultural one.  No doubt we are indeed in a war; however, it is a spiritual war that often manifests itself in the culture.  The Apostle Paul writes in the Bible that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12).   Culture is merely a reflection of the spiritual condition of the society.  The absence of godly, Bible-centered, Spirit-filled and Spirit-led attitudes and actions all work together to have an adverse affect on the culture. 

Another inherently problematic implication found in this question is that the war is over!  The spiritual war will be not over until Jesus Christ is declared the Victor over the forces of evil, and He then makes all things new!  Satan and all of his cohorts will be relegated to the lake of fire and brimstone will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).  It will be that time when "every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11).  The winning of a presidential election does indicate much about the culture.  However, it does not signal the end of spiritual war.  The continued godless trajectory reflected in the lost of shame and increasing public manifestation of sin do not mean that the war is over. Yes, there will be many skirmishes lost along the way to final victory.  The Christian and the Church's hope are not found in or of ourselves.  It is found only in Jesus Christ who has already conquered death, hell, and the grave! 

Notwithstanding, Christians and the Church have a mandate to fight in this war!  We must fight the enemies of the flesh (our nature this moves contrary to God), the world (values, mores, ideas, systems, and practices that are contrary to the Word), and Satan.  We fight the flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit that is within us.  Again, in the Bible it is recorded that if we "Walk in the Spirit . . [we] will not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).  We must make ourselves enemies of the world, because "friendship with the world is enmity with God" (James 4:4).  We have the power to fight Satan in the strength of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). If we submit ourselves to God. "[We can] resist the devil and he will flee from us" (James 4:7). 

We have not lost the war!  The battle is not over!  As a matter of fact, we already know the outcome of the war!  Not only will the devil, the beast and the false prophet be cast into the lake of fire, death and hell will be too.  Then, a new heaven, a new earth, a New Jerusalem will come from God.  God Himself with be with [us] and be our God. And God shall wipe away every tear from [our] eyes; there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There will be no more pain for the former things will have passed away (Revelation 20:14; 21:1-4). 

God will fight every battle, and God will win every war!    Thanks be to God who gives us the victory!!!

Dr. J. Symonette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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