There is a lot of strife in the world today. A LOT.
There is anger and fighting and talk of violence…and that’s before you even get the kids out of the house.
Seriously, there are different levels of strife and they are everywhere you look. There is upset among some civilians and some police. There are those who take a blanket approach and look at all law enforcement negatively because of a few recent incidents reported by the media.
Saying that all law enforcement is bad is just as wrong as saying that all teens who wear hoodies are criminals. And those few who want to do the police harm, all police regardless of who they are, are very wrong. The police are hard-working men and women with families just like me and you, yet they go out to protect – even the ones who want to do them harm. Of course, nobody is perfect, but that is not permission to try to harm them.
There are also terrorists causing strife, and they aren’t just fighting and killing and butchering and beheading and blowing up innocent men, women AND children over in Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria, they are brining that mess here…here to the U.S., to France, to Germany, to London, to…well, you get the picture.
These groups act like 2-year-olds throwing temper tantrums, only with guns and knives and explosives and hate. They take a blanket approach to their beliefs that everyone – all people who aren’t Muslim or don’t believe like they do, should die. Just like that.
They attack and separate, destroy homes and cities, and plow forward, continuing on a path of hate and violence and destruction. There is nothing honorable in their actions.
Guess what? I think we should behave more like these terrorists!
Divide and Conquer
These people divide families and towns for evil purposes because they know how successful an approach it is. We can apply this approach to challenges we face. No matter what challenges we may be going through, oftentimes they can feel overwhelming. You may have heard the question: How do you eat an elephant? The answer is: One bite at a time. Break your challenge into smaller, manageable pieces and take care of one small piece at a time. Better yet, remember you can switch yokes (burdens) with Jesus, He says, “for My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” Matt 11:30.
The terrorists train and practice and make sure they are ready for any opportunity. We need to be prepared for whatever may come, whether our child comes down with a 103° fever, we work for a boss who’s a dummy, or people with guns and masks storm our office building. 1 Peter 1:13 says, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.”
1 Pet 5:8-9 also says: “Be self-controlled (there’s a lot of recommending to be self-controlled around here) and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Live for God
The terrorists think their “god” is one who wants them to kill and destroy, but we know the truth of how to live. 1 Pet 4:8-10 leaves no doubt about God’s wishes:
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
We must stick together – not just families or local groups, but cities and states and countries, sharing intel and strategy and support for one another, not fighting amongst ourselves. Ecc 4:12 says: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Divided we fall; together, like cords of three, we prevail.