October 3, 2012 13 Comments
You may or may not remember the 2005 movie War of the Worlds, which happens to be one of my favorite disaster movies. There’s a scene in that movie that could be true if placed in the correct context.
Ogilvy, the madman in the cellar, says, “Think about it. They [the aliens] defeated the greatest power in the world in a couple of days. Walked right over us. And these were only the first. They’ll keep coming. This is not a war anymore than there’s a war between men and maggots… This is an extermination.”
An extermination. There’s an extermination going on right now all around us as we speak. And I guarantee you’ve been a casualty of this great attack. You don’t have to watch the news for too long or flip through many channels to see that Satan and his minions are wreaking havoc on our world. But don’t think you’re too safe in your comfy little abode traveling on your safe little commute, working at your cozy little job. Satan has polluted all of that with his venomous stench as well – you’re just immune to it.
To often we think, “Oh, well Satan’s busy corrupting the guys over in Washington, or he’s just torturing inmates, or he’s a routine visitor of the Red Light district.” But he’s released his millions, maybe trillions of demons on the entire planet, and they live right here among us, breathing down our necks, wrapping their filthy claws around our wrists, pulling us in directions we either never thought we’d go or settling us in some predictable little lifestyle where we don’t give them a second thought.
“Why would they not want us to think of them?” you may ask. Because if we don’t think of the evil spirits swarming the very grounds we walk on, then we don’t think of God. If we don’t think of the Heaven’s ghouls we don’t think to stand on guard against them. If we don’t remember that our atmosphere is rank with Hell’s pollution, then we’re more prone to developing immunity to it quicker than anyone, and we fall astray, or get waylaid from the helping hand of God.
Let’s go back to this idea of an extermination for a minute. Satan’s isn’t like some villain out of a Disney movie (though he can be compared to some of them) -he isn’t restrained, though his goal is singular: to stop the advancement of the Gospel of Christ. Think about it. Look around you and see how far Satan is willing to go to stop the Gospel from spreading.
Satan inspires men to rape women. He lures children to scream at their parents. He entices world leaders to spread genocide, and train up child soldiers. He caresses the cheek of the doctor who mauls babies with tubes and needles. The list goes on and on and on and on and on and on. All of this for what?
To prohibit the Gospel from spreading.
That is his one, singular, primary, ultimate goal. And you have been and will be time and time again a casualty of his great Gospel extermination. Not one person is untouched by the war he has waged against Christ. No one person, ever, in the history of the world.
Now let’s flip the coin over. If Satan, who saw the dawn of Creation, who has entered the throne room of God most high, spoken directly to the Creator of the Universe and Giver of Life, was there during the crucifixion of Christ, and likely witnessed His great resurrection is willing to take on the entire world to obliterate God’s testimony, then just how great is the Gospel that we take advantage of and pass off as no big deal?
If God Himself is willing to have casualties – mind you, the one Being who really truly knows just how precious life is – in this great war over His testimony, then how much more ought we to think of this Gospel He has entrusted us with? We should be guarding it with our lives, preserving it for every person we come in contact with and shamelessly exploiting it to every person we talk with. Because while the fumes of the demons are like the pollution of Hell, the fragrance of the Gospel of Christ we carry with us ought to be like a rich balm, or sweet lotion of Heaven to help wipe away the stench of sin.
Most people would say, at this point, “I’m not trying to scare you…” But I’m not going to say that. This stuff ought to scare the lights out of us. But we don’t have to remain fearful, because we know that Satan’s extermination of all those who carry Christ’s Word with them, and who has the potential to hear it, will fail. It will fail hard and miserably. And though he may have the ground now, and is today victorious in more ways than we can imagine, D-Day is coming and God and His angels will annihilate the evil spirits that have been choking us all our lives and the smog of sin will clear and we will see clearer than we’d ever thought possible, and then we will understand the power and the significance and sanctity of the Gospel our Lord has fought so hard to preserve.
So I ask you, will you be used by God to spread His Good Word or will you just continue to be effected by the deadly, spirit-numbing fumes of sin and Hell, and stay silent in your comfy little life?