Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
History has always been my favorite subject, and I recently read a couple of books about the American Civil War. In every war, and in every battle, tactics and strategy are important, as is understanding the objectives necessary to win. But what if some military commander went to fight a battle in one place, but the actual fighting was in a completely different place? That commander would end up taking his troops and equipment to fight a battle that really did not matter, while the actual objective was neglected.
As Paul wrote in Ephesians 6, we do have an enemy and there is a battle to fight. Paul also talked about fighting the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). Both of these verses show us that while we do have a fight today, our fight is a faith fight and not a natural fight against physical enemies. Today many people are getting themselves caught up in so many issues and natural things that, while they need our attention to a degree, are not where our real battle lies.
Our battle is not with people or issues in society, our battle is with the devil and his forces that are working to create these problems through people who are in spiritual darkness and who do not know the truth. We need to be careful that we do not see other people as our enemies, but realize who our real enemy is. Our goal should be to do what we can to be a godly influence in the things that are happening in the world around us, pray for our leaders, and preach the Gospel to get people out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light. That is the real battle.