Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Christians are called to go to war. By this, I don’t mean that they are called to kill people. We are called to a different type of war. How can I conclude that we are called to go to war? As Ephesians 6:10-13 states, we are to “put on the whole armor of God.” Why would one need to do this if they were not called to war?
2 Types Of Wars:
Civil War: A civil war is fought between two groups within a same country or region. For example: East vs West, North vs South. Within Christianity, there are wars to be fought. This would include the issues of: Calvinism vs Arminianism, Predestination vs Free Will, Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice, Complentarianism vs Egalitarianism, & others. These are issues that are fought on home soil between either sides of the argument. We should not avoid these wars, rather we should avoid having these wars leak to outside of the church.
World Wars: I use the term “world wars” in reference to the war of worldviews. In this particular type of war, the country or region will set aside their differences to tackle the bigger issues. For example: the North & South will work together as one country. At the end of the day, if we are faced with a “world war,” Calvinists & Arminians, Complentarians & Egalitarians, etc are called to work together under one banner to go to war against bigger oppositions (namely, other worldviews.) We are called to go to the world wars as Christians & fight for the Gospel. We are not called to go as Calvinists & Arminians trying to still fight the civil war on a bigger battle field. Christians should die on the same hill as each other on issues such as: Jesus being God, Jesus being the only way to God, the resurrection of Jesus, Heaven & Hell, and whatever else could be classified as ‘the Gospel’. Christians need to bond together as one team when faced against opposing worldviews (Atheism, Naturalism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, the list goes on…)
But aren’t we called to just be nice people and all get along? In some regards, yes. We are called to love God first & love others second. Christians must use their minds and not live in the fantasy land of thinking that everything will be alright. As long as there is sin in the world, there will be “wars.”
In the time of Jesus, there were disagreements within the believers. Some examples of “civil wars” within the early church are: (Matthew 16) “Who do people say that I am? Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” In the book of Acts, over the fact of Christ’s bodily resurrection. Old Testament law: Must one become a good Jew in order to be a good Christian? To be a Christian, must one obey Old Testament law?
We cannot avoid the fact that there will always be wars, but we must decide which hill we are going to die on. Civil Wars & World Wars are both important wars to be fought; however, there comes a point when we need to get past the civil war and realize that there is a bigger spiritual war being had in our society.
Together For The Gospel.
– Tyson Bradley