Thursday 28 July 2022
Their Testimony Overcame
Part of me is annoyed that those Rugby League players could not play. But mostly I'm happy about it. The cultural lines are being drawn, clearly and they need to be. Inclusivity or diversity was always just anti-Christian, anti-European and anti-good. People refuse to accept that because they run those words through their own "good-intention filter". It's what decent people do.
But most Christians still aren't aware of this and they need to be. There is no neutrality, evil hates you, it hates everything about you, and it wants evil for you. Most Christians refuse to accept that culture war is the natural state of this world.
2 Cor. 10:3-4 - "3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds."
The whole of history is a battle between evil and good. The culture of evil and the culture of good have constantly advanced against each other. Our greatest asset in this is the gospel, which has the ability to demolish strongholds. At the core of being a believer is representing our King in this world, advancing the gospel, teaching the pagans to obey all of God's word, and recognizing that the king of this world won't like that.
The days of neutrality and just flying under the radar by being nice are fading quickly. On Monday 7 blokes went to work, some of them Christians, and by Monday night they were banned from playing, banned from doing their job, now banned from the Stadium, and told they might not be able to be protected by police at the stadium. They did nothing wrong and now they are the enemy.
Cultures wars. You might be proud of avoiding them, but they will find you. If more Christians were vocal with their gospel and biblical beliefs, it would make a difference.
"7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”"
It was the consistent testimony of the early Church which defeated the Roman Empire, and changed its culture for ever. It's also our best weapon against the evil one. Our testimony of Jesus.