(2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV)
I posted an article about the life and horrific death of Maria Santos on Tuesday.
The only thing that surprised me about her execution was that it took so long to happen…I told you she was a dead woman walking back when the insipid, cowardly American press was hailing her a a new Mexican heroine.
The ground in Mexico is full of heros and heroines.
The surprise about the story for me was that I didn’t see it first on one of the numerous feeds I have set up for such information…I saw it first on a close friends Facebook page.
Somebody had been listening and there was some consolation among the tears.
Many of you here then took the story and posted it as well…and I thank you.
You see, in my opinion…we’re the only ones that can change this situation.
I believe that a first century Christian observing the carnage in the south would instantly recognize that all hell had literally broken loose in Mexico, that there was a supernatural, demonic component to this tragedy that transcends politics and economics.
The first century Christian would also understand that politics and economics inevitably become tools in the hand of the beast to carry on his work.
The twenty first century American Christian can no longer see such things as our spiritual vision has been blinded by politics, power, and prosperity.
We no longer recognize either the work of the enemy or the power of God and thus we are impotent salt without savor.
We want pragmatic, political answers to spiritual problems and have not noticed that Dagon has fallen and can’t get up.
These only come out by prayer and fasting…not an act of Congress.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but the weapons have grown dull and rusted from lack of use.
Our neighbors find themselves torn between two beasts…the one that governs them and the one that governs us.
The common persons death in Mexico is collateral damage to those who profit from the horror on both sides of the border.
The church is the only institution that can both recognize and combat what is happening.
It will require the taking up of our weapons again…prayer, fasting, and above all else love.
It will require sacrificial amounts of them all.
Many of you today will dismiss me as a superstitious crank or just a bleeding heart liberal.
You do so to all of our peril.
You see I’m smelling the acrid smoke of hellfire here in this country…this state…and my home.
You, as always, should make your own application.