By Jeff Keaton
Most of us have heard the phrase “the fog of war.” In the fog of war, sometimes chaos and confusion cause decisions to be made that result in the devastation of armies, civilians, and nations. If there was ever a day when American Christians are living in the fog of war, it’s today. From COVID-19 to the outright push to destroy America’s best ideals and implement a socialistic agenda, to the attack on truth in areas of sexuality, gender, and more, our nation is spinning nearly out of control.
Some of you have more years behind you than ahead of you. You spent many years fighting against the falsehood that now dominates our culture. You might be tempted to throw your hands up and say all is lost. Before you do, let me give you a word of hope and caution.
First, let me thank you for investing your most vigorous years in the battle for truth! The reason Renewanation is now standing in the heat of the battle is because of the truth you passed down to those of us who now lead Renewanation.
You built God’s kingdom on earth by giving your best to your church, mission organizations, and Christian education. Some of you helped launch crisis pregnancy centers and worked hard to run for office or elect candidates who possessed a biblical understanding of life. Many of you ran your businesses in a way that glorified Christ and bent creation back toward God’s original design.
From the time I was a little boy, I watched my father and many others stand in the gap and fight for truth in our culture. I’ll never forget the first day I attended the Christian school that my dad and our church leaders started. I was only in the third grade, but I knew this school was totally different from the non-Christian school I had attended. As my Dad observed the lives of his nine children, he knew he would need to prepare us to stand against the lies we would face so that we would shine light and truth into this darkened world. His belief has proven true as there are nearly 100 of his descendants serving Jesus Christ today.
I want to pause right here and express my sincere gratitude for all you have done. Because of you, there are millions of younger men and women who know, embrace, and stand for truth in this darkened world we now live in. Only eternity will be able to reveal the fruit of your labor. Do not allow Satan to lie to you and tell you that all of your efforts were in vain. They were not! I and so many others are carrying on the battle today because of you.
As we contemplate the fog of war we find ourselves immersed in, I want to share a few concerns about what can happen to us.
Lest you think the word war is too strong, let me remind you of the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:10-12: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Satan has more power and a greater army than any physical force on earth. He is attacking everything and everyone working against him and for Christ. I believe he knows his time is short, and he is out to create as much havoc as he possibly can before Christ casts him forever into a lake of fire. This is why the battle is so fierce. Despite this, there are several things we should understand about this war