2Co 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…
There cannot be any doubt that the Christian is in a war. It is a war of ideas and of philosophies, and at its very root it is a war of religion. Theological differences are always at the root of every societal conflict. All life is religious.
Christendom has been beaten to a pulp in the last 150 years, and as a result it has lost all sense of the Kingdom’s earthly destiny. No longer is there any real talk of long term strategy for righteousness to cover the land. Too many are waiting for the rapture. Too many base the deliverance of the societal structure on the second coming, as if the first coming was insufficient and therefore unsuccessful.
This mindset is reproachful and it is entirely un-biblically sinful.
So what should be the strategy of Christians?
Strategist Robert Greene rightly identifies the problem by stating that too many of us are “tunnel visioned” (my term) tacticians, and not long term strategists.
By becoming enmeshed in daily conflicts and the “urgent” events that threaten our Biblical Heritage, Christians miss the big picture and fail to plan long term. The focus on the Covenant promise of victory through, and for, future generations has been lost.
While most Christians shun the realm of the culture in favor of a monastic, non-involvement approach to life, those that are engaged are usually dealing particularly with what issues are at hand. They are too concerned with how to win a single battle and have forgotten that there is an entire war to win. In the confusion of the battle they miss the long term objective, and therefore fail to craft an entire campaign for victory.
So what is strategy?
Strategy comes from the Greek word, strategos, which means literally, “leader of the army.” It is the art of generalship. Without strong leadership there can be no victory. However, without a vision of long-term victory, no matter how strong the leadership is, without that vision, sustained conquest is unattainable.
The Scripture gives various official titles to each member of Christ’s body. Some of these are ecclesiastic while others are magisterial. Of the list we have: Ambassadors, Priests, Kings, Prophets, Ministers, Shepherds, and Soldiers.
Each and every title infers some kind of leadership character. And yet, Christianity seems void of that leadership character which is essential for the establishment of the Crown Rights of King Jesus.
What the saints must do is to aim for measurable results. Once you look for results you are in the realm of strategy. Our results must look beyond the daily conflicts to the overall conquest.
Little by little the saint must position himself (or herself) in the public eye, to be an influential individual in the realm of the citizenry. We must establish ourselves as reputable, honest people of virtuous sobriety. We must gain an audience. We already have the tools of God’s Word, and thus have something crucial to say. We now must say it, and provide real solutions to real problems.
So here is the first step toward an overall plan:
1. Identify the enemy and secretly declare war.
It will be a war of ideas and philosophies, but it is a war nevertheless.
2. Become familiar with those anti Christian ideas and policies.
3. Then, mark those leaders in your community that hold to those un-Biblical and dangerous ideas.
4. Next, address them in both private and public settings. Ask probing questions and then offer some alternative insight to the problem(s) at hand. Strike up conversations among the people you meet on a daily basis; your local store owner, mailman, UPS driver, gas station attendant, insurance rep, dry cleaner, auto parts manager, CVS cashier, local city councilmen, sheriff, your dentists, doctor, pharmacist. All these have an active interest in their future, and they see problems on the horizon. If you can offer a solution people will listen – at least some will. Perhaps that will be the beginning of a ground shaking event.
We must remain active in the eye of the public while remaining very crafty. By taking the moral high ground, we will show ourselves honorable with Biblical insight for the problems of our day.
These are just some beginning steps. More to follow. Watch for it.
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