Many times we as Christians have drawn lines in the sand and then buried our heads in the same sand while our spiritual enemies erase the line. When we look up, the line is gone, so we draw it again—farther back this time. The enemy has gained territory. Sometimes it’s in society, sometimes in the church. Sometimes personally sometimes corporately.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 8 1. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Following this verse, Solomon lays out a whole list of opposites and shows there is a time and season for each. Coming to verse 8 he says: a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
When we read through these verses, we come to realize it is of great importance to know what season we are in with regard to all the things listed. I want to focus in a spiritual sense on the season for war and peace. I believe the modern Christian has enjoyed such a long time of peace and prosperity that many are very reluctant to come to terms with the fact that there is a full blown war going on.
The problem is, the enemy and the people working for him, know it only too well and are getting a head-start. While many in our camp close their eyes for a little more slumber, he rages on, erasing more lines in the sand as he goes.
First we sacrificed dominion of our children’s spiritual well-being by allowing government to take God out of schools. Perhaps many were relying on teaching their children better at home and at church. Now we have teenagers and young adults telling us the school knows better than we do.
We have government taking dominion of our children by force, at times right in our homes. We have schools teaching and practicing other religions and outright debauchery in the classroom. At this point we could say we still have home-schooling and private schools as an option, or perhaps you live in an area where the schools are not as bad. But what happens when they come after these loopholes? And they will if we tolerate it.
This is one major example of drawing and erasing lines in the sand. There are many more. Almost every evil in the civilized world that was once condemned as such, has enjoyed a progression of acceptance to the point where many of them are now lauded as virtues—even in the church at times. And this all because we have put our heads in the sand while the enemy erased our lines in the sand.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! –ESV
We are living in an age that is aptly described by this verse. At what point are we willing to wake up, keep our heads out of the sand and defend the lines we have drawn? Let today be that day. Take up the whole armor of God and prepare for battle. Take courage—we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus!