|Why We Need to See the 2020 Election Through Spiritual Eyes|
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If you’re Pentecostal or charismatic, you are probably familiar with the phrase “spiritual warfare.” It’s a phrase we use to describe the unseen battle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Everything we do has an effect on this spiritual battle, and spiritual forces have an effect on us as well. At times when we are under spiritual attack, we can feel an increased intensity or struggle to accomplish what we feel God has called us to do.
I have found that the topic of spiritual warfare is so relevant to our culture and the upcoming election that I included a chapter about it in my latest book, God, Trump and the 2020 Election. I based my Perspective column in Charisma‘s November issue on that chapter. In this article today, I want to share that column with you.
I originally wrote God, Trump and the 2020 Election to help explain what is happening spiritually in our nation. Many Christians see the current division in our country as a sign of spiritual warfare. There are spiritual beings assigned to oversee various realms and territories. This explains why charismatics and even many evangelical Christians see what is going on in our country and in Trump’s presidency as a spiritual battle. Even some mainline Protestants who usually avoid acknowledging such things as demonic spirits admit that the vitriol has gotten so extreme in America that maybe there is spiritual warfare behind it.
In biblical terms, Christians are told they “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers … against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12, KJV). It’s like in Frank Peretti’s novel This Present Darkness, which allowed the reader to see the unseen evil forces influencing the fictional characters in the book.
I like the way Daniel Kolenda, international missionary and successor to world-renowned evangelist Reinhard Bonnke as president and CEO of Christ for All Nations, explains where we got the phrase “spiritual warfare.” He wrote in his book Slaying Dragons: “Like many useful terms, the phrase ‘spiritual warfare’ does not appear in Scripture as such. The wording is instead rooted in the use of scriptural military analogies to describe the manner in which Christ followers are to prepare for and repel evil.” He then refers to Paul’s instruction to put on spiritual armor in Ephesians 6 as probably the most famous example of this type of military word picture. He says this illustrates to Christians that we are to treat the battle between good and evil as a matter of life and death.
I’m not a theologian. I’m a Christian journalist. And this is not a treatise on the supernatural. But as a Christian who is aware of this unseen world and someone who believes we have authority over these powers through the name and blood of Jesus, I could not write a book about all that is at stake for our country without shedding light on the very real struggle in the spiritual realm. It’s critical to look with spiritual eyes at America and our … read more
Perspective: Putting Things Into Spiritual Perspective9 Minutes – November 25th 2019Why do we need to view the upcoming presidential election through spiritual eyes? Host Stephen Strang answers this question and speaks to the importance of spiritually battling for our nation.Listen Now
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