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The Powers of Darkness October 3, 2006

Posted by Joe in Random Musings, Scripture Meditation.
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I trust that most people are aware of the recent school shootings, the latest of which took place in a one-room Amish school building, where a man walked in and executed a number or young girls. This is grieving stuff, to say the least, but it is real, very real. And in reading (and listening a bit) to the news coverage of these events, there has been one consistent theme, “Why?” Why would a seemingly normal father walk into an Amish school and kill young girls execution style? Well, the reality is that those who do not see things in light of Biblical reality can’t come up with the ultimate answer.

Ephesians 6:11-12 says this,

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against felsh 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.”

In our Western culture, such talk is quite foreign. We have medications for everything under the sun, yet we think foolish anyone who speaks of casting out demons. Might it be the other way around? Might it be that those who think they can ‘medicate’ demons serve as the real fools? It’s worth considering.

The powers of darkness are real, very real. Yet they are not entirely stupid. They do not manifest themselves in the same way that they do in other cultures. You can go to Asia and see people cutting themselves with blood and sacrificing goats. What do you think that is? National Geographic might say that it is a legitimate form of spiritual worship, but they are clueless. They are fools (in the sense that I am speaking of). That’s demonic stuff. That’s darkness. Come to America and you have New Age philosophies and evolutionary theories that end up minimizing the importance of life. Who cares about life–either yours or mine–if, in the end, we will all disappear. A man who drops his kids off at a bus stop only to go and execute children is not simply mentally deranged. He is spiritually oppressed.

We need to see these realities everywhere we turn, not in some obsessive compulsive sense, but in a balanced, biblical sense. The kids at school wearing their Marilyn Manson t-shirts. Let the alarm begin to sound. Recognize what’s behind all of that–the powers of darkness, the power of evil. They don’t know it (although many might), but we should and thus, do all we can to see them set free. I am reminded again how desperate we are to think biblically.

That’s enough for now. I hope to expound more upon the story of Joseph sometime later. I received some good feedback that I wanted to address.

Arming myself for the battle with you,

Joe

p.s. And this really shouldn’t be a p.s., but let us all say a short prayer for the families involved in these situations–maybe especially the family of the man who did it. I cannot imagine. May the Lord grant mercy and release for His name’s sake.

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