New Year, Same Enemy

The end of the year always brings reflection and introspection. 2020 was completely unexpected and 2021 was simply its sequel. Unprecedented illness accompanied by tyrannical mandates has monopolized our lives for two years now. Tension is at an all-time high. Society has never been more fractured than it is right now.

COVID is fresh in our minds so it feels like our only divider but take a step back and really look at our lives. We are lumped into categories at every turn. It isn’t just that we’re categorized, those groups are pitted against each other. Right now, it’s vaccinated versus unvaccinated and maskers versus free breathers but it goes way deeper than that. From trivial matters such as women breastfeeding versus bottle feeding their children to large scale controversies like BLM versus law enforcement, segregation is woven into our society. You cannot simply hold an opinion. You must fight to the death for that opinion and realize that according to the world view, it is assumed that you hate the one who holds an opposite view. It is incredibly overwhelming and frankly, exhausting.

It’s easy to play the blame game at first superficial glance. ‘The democrats want control, while the republicans want freedom,’ etc. We can blame man all day long but the culprit is a little more crafty than man. The truth is that division has been the goal since the fall of man in garden of Eden. Satan sowed seeds of deception, man succumbed and we’ve paid the price ever since. Genesis 3:3-5 says, “but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan told Eve that she would be like God, much like some doctrines of today that teaches we are essentially gods. This contradictory to the teachings of Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:6 tells us, “yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” The enemy doesn’t just use world issues to sow division; he also manipulates Scripture and creates discord within the church.

Once we understand that every source of controversy and discord is meant to separate man from Christ, we see clearly through Satan’s façade and begin to live in true freedom. Freedom is a hot topic in our society. Truthfully, there isn’t much left to enjoy. However, when we begin to see the world through spiritual eyes, we will find there is only one path to freedom and it doesn’t have a thing to do with the government. Once we accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we are free from the yoke of sin. Although sadly, we don’t largely operate in that freedom because our sights our set on things temporary versus eternal. 1Peter 2:16 says, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” We are called to live unto God’s standards, not those of man.

Friends, we must see the distractions for what they are and react accordingly. We do not have to agree with everything that someone says to care about their eternal soul. You can stand up for yourself and for your earthly freedom without sacrificing the love of Christ. Instead of quibbling over temporary matters, let us focus on the task at hand. For believers, the task is always to draw closer to Christ and in turn, encourage others to do the same. In light of the new year, when everyone is setting new goals, I pray our goal is to dig into God’s Word and allow it to transform our hearts and minds. He is our only hope for 2022 and beyond.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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