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” For 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. – Therefore 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.” – Ephesians 6:12-13 ESV

We are living in very dark times in America today. Political division is causing great anxiety in this country. Many in the evangelical community have lost sight of the spiritual nature of this battle. Social media and the news media has been weaponized and used to divide our nation.

We are now deeply entrenched in a political civil war that is the result of  cultural chaos. We could blame the Russians, the Chinese or middle eastern countries that hate us. While there are forces outside this country that want to bring us down; our biggest enemy is us.

We’ve allowed spiritual darkness into our Churches and our culture. In fact there is very little difference in the lifestyle choices of those of us who claim to follow Jesus and those who don’t.  I could give multiple examples of this, but I won’t in this post.

The fact of the matter is we live in a materialistic culture that understands very little about supernatural cosmic beings. And the consequences of opening spiritual doors through rebellion to God’s revealed truth and authority. This has given dark powers greater access to the very soul of our nation.

Quite simply, much of the cultural and political chaos we are now experiencing is the result of a anti-supernatural worldview in the American church. Many of us have been more focused on the political landscape than what is going on in the spiritual realm.

A return to prayer is desperately needed. And following Jesus’ example of blessing and serving those who hate us. I’m not saying Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics. But that we need to understand the ‘powers’ behind political ideologies on the right and the left. As followers of Jesus we must come to terms with what the Apostle Paul wrote, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood..”