“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
Our country just went through the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Since Jordy died in 2009, I have not paid attention to any documentaries. But, for some reason, this past week, I did.
The details are incredible: video from cell phones and news crews were played from all angles. The force of the buildings when they collapsed was tremendous. I had never thought about that before as the force of air threw people and cars in all directions. When I watch anything about that attack, one thing that gets under my skin is the joy the terrorists probably took in watching their handiwork.
People have differing views about the war we entered after that day. People also had differing opinions of our participation in that war when we left the country. But, unfortunately, none of the soldiers who have died in that war are around to debate their role, so I am not trying to convince you of anything; I just had an observation.
This past weekend, story after story in the news showed people who put their lives at risk to help strangers. Emotions overtook people who saw people they did not know to die 20 years ago. Why? Because life matters to us.
My wife and I have been blessed to travel to other parts of the world. We were reminded that people do not think as we do on each trip. Some of our everyday habits are considered rude in other countries. Significant numbers of people in this world may not like us or even hate us.
I noticed in the 911 videos that our enemy got the best of us that day. Enemies of that magnitude do not care if we live or die. Frankly, enemies of that magnitude do not care if they live or die. That is the point. We know that life matters.
If you are a believer, many people do not understand you if you know Jesus as your Savior. One enemy, in particular, would rather see you die than live. But, unfortunately, I think we – you, me, and most people – walk around insulated from the true nature of our spiritual enemy.
The more we confuse political positions with spiritual correctness, the easier we make the war waged against us. The more we sleepwalk through a day, the more ground we give up. The more pre-occupied by jobs, bank accounts, and our plan, the more likely we are to miss the enemy taking ground. We miss total strangers spiritually dying all around us. Life matters all around us.
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