Well it does not get much clearer and much starker than this. The scenes in the Texas state capitol building concerning abortion legislation so very nicely illustrate what this war we are in is really all about. And it was all spoken about millennia ago.
In Proverbs 8:36 we read these words: “all who hate me [God] love death”. And Jesus said similar things: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Our God is a God of life, while our enemy, Satan, is all about death. That is the bottom line and the final breakdown. Many of the controversial cultural, social, political and legal battles of our time can be traced back to this key division and distinction.
So we saw this perfectly illustrated today when we had pro-life Christians in Texas singing the hymn Amazing Grace while screaming pro-deathers shouting “Hail Satan”. Yep, that about sums it all up. And that was not all to be found here.
The pro-abortion activists even had children holding up profane posters with slogans like this: “If I wanted the government in my womb, I would f*** a senator.” What a lovely and gracious bunch. And all this hatred, screaming and diabolical fury is coming from those who want to murder their own babies. This spirit is not coming from God, that’s for sure. Here is how one news item opens about this story:
“The abortion battle in Texas was still raging Tuesday as both abortion supporters and pro-life activists flooded the State Capitol to make their voices heard. The Texas House and Senate reconvened briefly for a special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. One of the more bizarre tactics used by pro-abortion activists involved chanting ‘Hail Satan!’ to harass a pro-life crowd as they sang ‘Amazing Grace’.”
Another report says this: “Catholic League President Bill Donohue said it would be unfair to say that all pro-abortion supporters would support giving glory to Satan. ‘Among hard-core activists, though, there are no doubt more than just a few who feel comfortable invoking Satan’s name in behalf of their cause,’ he said.
“Donohue said when someone in the pro-life community acts in an offensive way, the individual is quickly condemned. He wondered why the adoration to Satan wasn’t rebuked by pro-choice forces. ‘There are pro-abortion fanatics who draw their inspiration from Satanic forces,’ he said. ‘Worse, many of those in the pro-abortion community are quite content to stay silent about such offenses. Perhaps the time has come for a mass exorcism’.”
This episode tells us quite clearly that behind the culture wars are spirit wars. The very demons of hell are being unleashed to spread their hatred and terror at anyone who loves God and loves life. It is spiritual warfare in its most raw form.
That is why anyone who thinks they can get involved in the culture wars without adequate spiritual protection is fooling himself. To go out into these battles without a prayer team or prayer cover will simply mean you will end up as toast.
This is ultimately a battle taking place in the heavenlies, and those who stand for what is true, for what is right, and for what is good, must walk in the full armour of God. So make sure you are prayed up, and that you have committed prayer warriors doing spiritual battle on your behalf.
This is not a game, and this is not kid’s stuff. It is a battle with Satan and his hordes. And those spiritual forces are very ugly indeed.