You are scrolling through Facebook. You see a video that sparks your interest. Maybe it’s a video regarding a social, political or a religious issue. Regardless of the topic, you click because you care and you find it interesting. But the video doesn’t turn out to be what you thought it was. In fact, the person(s) in the video are presenting a horrifying argument trying to destroy what you hold to be truth or what you believe to be important and they spit on your beliefs, and they laugh at your passions, and the video ends. With no way to present a counterargument, you are forced to watch as thousands or maybe even millions of people like, share, and post agreeable comments. Your stomach tightens and turns; anger rises up in your chest. People are being mislead! What they said in that video/song/blog/post isn’t the truth! It’s wrong! –Frustration grips your heart.
What you decide to do, think or say next matters. I’m talking to you, my fellow believers.
Ephesians 6:11-12 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 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.
So what are the schemes of the devil?
I could be wrong, but I don’t think the order of the sentences are coincidental: “…that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,…”
This is the scheme I believe the Lord (through Paul) is trying to reveal, namely, to divide human beings against one another, especially in the body of Christ. To make us believe that our enemies are one another.
That person in the video presenting lies (even about Christ) is not your true enemy. That person is a victim. They are deceived by Satan and trapped in a world of darkness.
Believe me, I know how you feel. The horror I feel when someone misrepresents Christ by their actions cannot be put into words, however, I would be misrepresenting Christ as well if I were to act out in my anger toward that person or sow seeds of bitterness in my heart regarding the person or the group of people that the person represents.
Jesus, in his high priestly prayer, prayed most fervently for unity amongst believers in God, above all else. That last part (in God) is not to be overlooked. You can be united in many things that are not God (See Genesis 11). However, we cannot be united in God if we keep dividing ourselves from other people in our hearts and in our lives. We cannot, as Christians, allow Satan to foster the “us vs. them” mentality in our hearts. We are most definitely called to be separate from the world (in our actions and lifestyles), but in no way do I believe that our separation should ever lead us to hate the people were are called to be separate from.
Knowing that we are called to love those that hate us, why do we continue to allow hatred in our hearts and divide ourselves from those who we disagree with? It’s an endless cycle that never stops. Once we divide ourselves from one group and pair ourselves with those who think just like we do, we then find some other issue to be divided on and the same thing happens again and again and the hatred multiplies with every division.
Just like cancer.
Cancer cells disregard the natural unity of the body and they begin to divide rapidly over and over again until you have a tumor. Even after that, if left untreated, the cells continue to divide and they eventually throw the whole body into disorder and chaos and never ending divisions.
This is Satan’s plan. Don’t be deceived. Remember Christ’s command- LOVE.
I am not suggesting that you have to agree with everything that people say or do, but you have to remember that they are not the true enemy. Don’t divide yourselves from people in your heart through hatred. Love them.
The media is not the enemy, Satan is. Do not blame the media for causing divisions. Satan causes division and we ourselves do nothing to stop them if we fall for his lies and let our emotions be swept away in the drama and arguing and fighting.
The world glories in these things. Therefore, be ye separate from the world in this respect: that we do not divide ourselves from others.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.