About Spiritual wickedness in high places
By Jeff Beamsley
The full quote for the title of this blog is from Ephesians 6: 10-13
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
My understanding of this quote is that “the wiles of the devil” are those suggestions that people in power can be influenced by anything other than God and His truth. We wrestle mentally (just like Jacob) to discern what is real and true from what is a lie. When we find the real and know the truth, we can confidently stand protected by God.
This blog grew out of a friendly correspondence that Tom Treece and I have had over the past several years. Early in Tom’s career as a columnist for the Evening News, he shared his political views on items of the day that he felt strongly about. Though we both share a strong faith in a loving all powerful ever present God who directs our lives, we had very different views of how that faith should translate into public policy. I don’t think that we ever settled anything, but we did learn a lot about each other as well as the issues, and it was a lot of fun.
This blog gives me the opportunity to have a lot more of those sorts of conversations and have them in a much more public way. I don’t expect you to agree with me. I will have accomplished my goal if something you read here causes you to take some action – talk with your spouse, do some research, or even post a comment. In that regard, I’m paying tribute to a religion teacher I had in prep school in Omaha. He not only challenged us think, but compelled us to take a position and then be willing to defend it.
Thank you for reading and thank you for having an opinion that you are willing to act on.