Guerillas in the Mist

1280px-Probably_Valentin_de_Boulogne_-_Saint_Paul_Writing_His_Epistles_-_Google_Art_Project12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

I Corinthians 2:12-14

Neither the Russians nor the U.S. can honestly say we won the wars  fought in Afghanistan. For America’s part, it is not because of anything lacking in the brave men and women who served in the Middle East, but because the indigenous soldiers refused to put on uniforms and line up in ranks before us. If either the Afghani’s or the Iraqi’s would have been willing to amass their troops and participate in conventional warfare, the whole thing could have been over in weeks, if not days. Say what you want about their motivations, but the enemy is not stupid, they knew that conventional warfare would mean certain defeat.

Instead, they prosecute the war in smaller operational teams that are not easily targeted by sophisticated weaponry. They blend in to the communities and make it hard to distinguish friend from foe. They focus their resources in a way that nets results. The fact is that the often poorly trained sheepherders with AK-47s (the same weapon used by the Viet Cong some 50 years ago) are quite effective in thwarting the most highly trained and well-equipped army the world has ever known. Again, this in no way diminishes my respect for U.S. armed forces, because no other army could do as well as the U.S. military. There are tactical realities that make it extraordinarily difficult to defeat guerillas on their native soil. Actually, guerilla warfare played a significant part in America winning its independence.

Spiritual warfare is primarily guerilla warfare. In 2015, more than ever is this true. We need to stop thinking that a politician or large-scale movement is going to turn back the clock. The conventional battle for the soul of America has been lost, but the war is not over. We have to think differently. We need to stop worrying about making headlines and focus on making disciples. We need to examine ourselves and consecrate out lives to Christ.  We need to commit to living out and sharing our faith with other individuals through the course of our normal lives. If you want to read a manual on how to do spiritual guerilla warfare, get a book titled Acts.

March 24th, 2015 by

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