Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Art of Spiritual War

"As I pointed out in The Art of Political War, in political combat the aggressor usually prevails. Aggression is advantageous because politics is a war of position. Position is defined by images that stick. By striking first, you can define the issues and can define your adversary. Definition is the decisive move in all political wars. Other things being equal, whoever winds up on the defensive will generally be on the losing side."

David Horowitz, Left Illusions: An Intellectual Odyssey, page 360.

True in spiritual warfare too. Too many churches are not aggressive. They are not redefining what really matters. They accept the world's definitions and try to add in a little Christianity. They do not compel attention, even their own people's attention.

Are we aggressively redefining all of life according to God's good news for bad people through the finished work of Christ on the cross? Are we surprising people, beginning with our own churches? Are we getting people to think and rethink with new categories of gospel-thought? Or are we servicing the whiney, selfish American way of life with the greasy lubricants of religious self-reinforcement?

"The aggressor usually prevails."