Ecclesiastes 3:8b A time of war, and a time of peace.
The exact word used here for war is referring to military conflict. It is very common that the victor of any military conflict imposes their own culture and ideology on the losing nation. Religious, social, and political views are introduced to the people with the result being a change in national identity. War is such an ugly event with carnage on both sides. And yet there is a proper time and reasons to take a firm stand against evil. There is a time to take proper action against injustice, immorality, and sinful behavior.
There are many types of war such as spiritual battles, addictions, personal behavior to name a few. You may be in a time that it seems there is always war and chaos at home. Maybe it seems that work has become a daily battle. You may be battling depression or a sense of hopelessness. The idea of peace and joy may seem foreign or unobtainable to you, yet that is exactly what God wants for you.
We are in a time of war against Christianity. The outside world rails against the belief that the Bible is the infallible and authoritative word of God. God’s children are called to be soldiers not door mats. (Ephesians 6:10-14 armor of God, 1 Timothy 6:12 fight the good fight) Wearing the full armor of God is for the purpose of engaging in spiritual warfare not for going to a costume party. The vast majority of Christians understand this and strive to live a life worthy of their calling.
The war is fought on many fronts. False and improper teaching goes unchecked in our schools and sadly even in some of our church pulpits. Many of our schools are teaching whatever is popular by worldly standards and even mocking the bible. Included in the population of radicalized thinkers are those who claim to be Christians and yet they use social media and or positions of church leadership to perpetuate hate by consistently criticizing political figures and other church leaders even to the point of spreading stories known to be untrue. Scripture gives clear instruction on how to respect and submit to earthly authority and yet some who stand in pulpits talk politics and personal opinions of world leaders instead of praying for them. Another way these false teachers are fighting truth is by misusing the word of God for purely selfish motives. The lie that you can have anything you desire just by believing and praying for it is leaving many feeling discouraged and confused. There are also those who have decided to embrace worldly behavior and actually convince others this is an acceptable means of sharing the gospel. Accepting immoral behavior in the church body is allowing the world to change the church instead of the church changing the world.
Remember there is also a time of peace. Hebrews 12:14 (NKJV) Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: The pursuit is for peace, not the acceptance of immoral behavior. I have been told several times by unchurched people that “the church needs to accept all people.” What they are really saying is the church needs to embrace their sinful behavior. That would be the equivalent of surrendering to the enemy. To surrender would be to give up on the pursuit of holiness and that would disqualify us from seeing the Lord. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE! Is accepting and encouraging sinful or destructive behavior really showing love? Love your enemies but hate their behavior. We must stand fast in this war in a peaceful and truthful manner.
As quoted by Martin Luther. Do you know what the Devil thinks when he sees men use violence to propagate the gospel? He sits with folded arms behind the fire of hell, and says with malignant looks and frightful grin: “Ah, how wise these madmen are to play my game! Let them go on; I shall reap the benefit. I delight in it.” But when he sees the Word running and contending alone on the battle-field, then he shudders and shakes for fear.
Rev. Burt Schwab