The secular world has a low opinion of Christians. They view Christianity as a retrograde force that makes society worse by opposing sexual license and (in their view) slowing the progress of science.
They also believe Christians are all hypocrites—that we encourage a life of holiness but that in private we are worse than other people. As I write this, the progressives are rejoicing over a prominent American Christian who was allegedly a member of the internet adultery site Ashley Madison.
There is some truth to the secular critique. Christians have lost the idea that we are warriors for Christ. It has been replaced with the idea that God is some sort of cosmic Santa Claus that is going to admit everyone to heaven if they were “nice.” This view has affected how we lead our lives. We are not disciplined. We don’t lead lives of genuine holiness. If anything, we are only slightly better than our peers.
If we are going to change society, we are going to have to change ourselves. Part of this is reclaiming the idea of spiritual combat. [Read more…] about Spiritual Combat