For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:11–13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Recently, I was thinking about sci-fi movies about aliens from outer space. The typical scenario is, they are more advanced than we are and they do not mean us well. More advanced? Well certainly technologically, how else would they get here? Do not mean us well? How does that make them advanced?
Is this what we think about advanced civilizations? If it is, what makes us think that as we advance we will become more civilized? That ultimately we will build a utopian society? Seems kind of contradictory to me. If that were the case (and we will never accomplish it on our own, only Christ’s return will make it so), then we certainly hit a speed bump the last few years in terms of civility.
My Advice – Now, I don’t believe in space aliens. But I do believe in “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” And I also believe that “the day of evil” is coming. Maybe the speed bump of the last few years is merely “false labor pains,” but one day it will come. It may not be in our time, and yet it may. But whether near of far, in the meantime, we need to “stand [our] ground.”
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:14–18, NIV 1984).