The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ Powers & Principalities

Our Angel in the Whirlwind

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ~ Ephesians 6:12

Most of us are familiar with Einstein’s definition of insanity; doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Most of the people I know, working or retired, are pretty set in their routines. This applies to political activists and non-activists alike…it’s only natural. We are all creatures of habit. But what I find interesting is that if you ask people on all points of the political spectrum to describe the world we are living in at the moment, most all of them would agree on insane…as they carry on with their day, doing exactly what they did the day before.

This was a very special week in my world. In this same week I learned my NY Governor signed off on a bill authorizing the State of New York to issue drivers licenses to people who are in our country illegally, and the Riverfront Library in Yonkers hosted a “Drag Queen Story Hour” for the express purpose of sexualizing and grooming toddlers to satisfy the perverted appetites of sexual predators and pedophiles, I also learned that the Seward-Mapes Committee in Florida NY rejected my donation on behalf of the Orange County Oath Keepers to restore the homestead of Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State…because we’re “an extremist political organization”. So, rewarding criminals and exposing our children to sexual perversion is acceptable, but an organization of military veterans, law-enforcement, and first-responders who Reach, Teach, and Inspire fidelity to our Constitution is not? How was your week?

 “Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.” – Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

While upstate NY county clerks are defying their corrupt governor’s unconstitutional actions, the governor of Oregon has ordered her State Police to arrest state senators who have refused to act on their state’s new draconian climate-change legislation. What is not being reported in the East or the West is the fact that the Oregon Republicans and New York county clerks are in the right. They all swore an oath to uphold the United States Constitution, as well as their respective state constitutions. Not even the President can force them to violate their oaths. What did Lincoln famously say about a house divided? Still not clear? OK…walk away from this screen, go into your bathroom, close the door and take a good long hard look at yourself. Now, punch yourself in the face as hard as you can. That is exactly what we are doing to ourselves. How and why? Simple…one of us has sided with the same “standards of other centuries”, while the other has climbed into bed with the “political forces that cannot be trusted”…and it’s a fairly even split in favor of the former. But there’s something more at play here. Let’s call it the Ephesians Factor for now…

Angel in the Whirlwind

We cannot fight the rulers of the darkness and their spiritual wickedness with sticks and stones, or even guns. For we are as ineffective as were the disciples against the strength and nature of demon that had possessed the man’s epileptic son in Matthew 17:14-21. When we are lacking in our faith, we must employ the prayer and fasting tools of faith. God will provide, just as He never commands of us anything, He doesn’t also provide us with the grace to obey…His will.

I will not reproach the demon that influenced the Seward-Mapes Committee to malign Oath Keepers, He will. Just as He, through us, thwarted the very same demon who attempted to have Oath Keepers ejected from marching in the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His will be done. Kicking off our Men’s Bible Study in the Fall with “Fathered by God” by John Eldredge may have been an answer to my prayers, but it was His will that empowered Kevin and Matt to announce it to our entire congregation on Father’s Day. He wills the missing “warrior” spirit to be reborn in us, just as He brings the same brothers who prevailed against the demon flag in the West, and made it to shrivel in the light of truth in the East, together tonight in renewed fellowship to conference on the powers and principalities, and choose our day of prayer and fasting.

Let not our hearts be troubled. With God, ALL THINGS are possible.

Keep your face always to the Sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

 

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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