Creed: Going on the Attack Against Satan
- Thursday, February 24, 2005
Editor's Note: "Creed" is an ongoing article series that discusses the core beliefs of Christianity as expressed in the Apostle's and Nicene creeds. Links to the other installments are listed at the end of this article.
A year ago my good friend Sandy asked me if I would like to join a group of Christian women in media, CWMA (Christian Women in Media & Arts), which had recently been founded by Michelle Borquez. I knew of Michelle and have great respect for Sandy, so I took a brochure and promised to read it.
Some time later, Sandy began to talk with me about helping her start the Central Florida chapter and I agreed. We asked a friend, Andrea, to join us, set a date for our first meeting, sent out invitations to local women in media and arts, and then waited to see who would show. A few weeks later, about a dozen women gathered around a large table, some fruit salad, turkey wraps and Starbucks coffee to talk about our role in Christian media and arts.
Sandy said something that afternoon that really touched me. "We, in the media, are in the frontlines of the battlefield. If we decide that we're going to make a difference in our craft, we can expect to be embroiled in some major warfare."
A Personal Battle
My daughter Jessica and I have recently written a book - a raw guide for parents concerning media's influence on youth culture - to be released this summer. When we started the work, titled Sex, Lies, & the Media (Cook Communications 2005), we almost immediately began arguing. Not about anything significant. Oh, no. We argued about everything from the color of the sun to the best Hershey's Kiss.
One afternoon, when our arguing had hit a low point (or, high point, according to how you look at it), I picked up the phone and said to her, "Jessica, this is nothing more than warfare. We need to see it for what it is and start doing prayer battle."
Within days, oppression lifted and we began the year process of writing our expose.
Now, as the book's release is on the horizon, the warfare has continued. We are no longer pitted against one another, but the enemy has brought out some fairly big guns and presented the challenge.
Question is: will we see it for what it really is, or think it's just a "run of negative situations and circumstances"?
Paul's Bottom Line
Verse 12 of Ephesians 6 reads: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
In preparation for this article, as I read these words-for the umpteenth time in my life as a Christian - I decided to look a little deeper at the word "against." In my mind, I have always pictured this scripture thusly: me, standing in full armor, braced and armed for battle as demons attack me.
But, no. That's not the way it goes at all. The word "against," in Greek is "pro," which means "towards."
In other words, we don't wait for attack. We attack.
Notice that this word - pro - is repeated four times after Paul writes it the first time. It's as if he says, "attack, attack, attack, attack!"
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