April 20, 2020
Every time that an event takes place in our country which draws the attention of all of us as a nation, we determine that we will learn from the event and pledge never to let it happen again. The problem with an event, like the Corona 19 virus, is that the enemy is an invisible one who is camouflaged into the everyday life process, and then attacks unexpectedly. It seems as if this enemy was out in front of the medical community, silently attacking the most vulnerable before they knew what was happening. As a result, all of us have felt very vulnerable to this enemy, which in the world we live in has been labeled a “pandemic.” The most dangerous thing that Americans can do is to ignore the reality that this evil exists and that it is dedicated to the destruction and demise of our way of life. Those who would choose not to take this threat seriously are foolish, because this enemy is very serious and very dedicated to our country’s downfall.
There is another pandemic out there that seeks to destroy our nation and the whole world. It is the pandemic of sin and the denial that God’s solution to the pandemic of sin was to send His Son Jesus to shed his blood on the cross so that the world might be saved. Our Christian school was established to faithfully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this community and provide an education for our students from a Biblical perspective. The greatest threat to accomplishing that purpose, is that our school is located in enemy territory. As a result, we can expect opposition to what we want to do here, and that we are going to engage in spiritual battle. Christian author Rick Warren said this, “If you were to come to my office, you would find five full-length filing cabinets, lined up one after another. Each of them is full of files: Bible studies, ideas, sermons, messages, research, and such. One of the most important files I have is a yellow one labeled, “Warnings – Lessons to be Learned. The file is full of fallen Christian leaders, some of them I knew personally; some of them I didn’t know. But I review the file at the end of every year, just to warn myself so that I can prepare for a similar attack.” As Christian parents and educators, we must realize that we are in a spiritual battle. We must take our Christian life seriously. if we don’t take the parenting and teaching of our children seriously, we must understand that the enemy will. I would encourage every parent and faculty member here at FCS, to prepare, now more than ever before, for all out spiritual warfare.
How can the pandemic of sin be overcome? Revelation 12:11-12 says, “They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony. Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you who inhabit them.” God is looking for Christians in Miami, and around the world, who are willing to sell out to Him and truly make a difference in their community. The formula is simple but not easy. It should be the basis of all we say and do here at FCS, in our churches, and in our homes. The enemy that opposes the mission of FCS is often unseen. Sometimes he works himself into our daily lives and is undetected until he strikes, suddenly, but with deadly impact. In our school it might be in the form of damaging gossip, the loss of our composure or temper, or just an idle word which damages our testimony. Our enemy can discourage parents by the loss of a job or by the troubling economic times which force them to make difficult family decisions. The enemy doesn’t want us to think there is a solution to our difficult times. He only wants us to be afraid that another attack may take place. Our God tells us that we can overcome the fear of our enemy and rejoice in His power and strength. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” Matt. 16:19. The Bible says if you are a believer, you are given the authority of Christ in spiritual warfare. In other words, we have the right to fight back. The famous passage on armor is Ephesians 6:11-17: “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes. Have the belt of truth buckled around your waste and the breastplate of righteousness and have your feet fitted with the Gospel of peace. Take up the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” Every piece of this armor is mental preparation for battle. That’s what the armor is all about. We need to put on truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God mentally before we begin each day.
Why do we want to go to battle? Because we realize that God still wants to move in our country, especially in a time like this. We also know, and expect, that we are going to be attacked, so we need our armor on before we are mortally wounded. We can call on the Holy Spirit of God to protect us, and we have the authority to say, “God, fill me with your Spirit as we attempt to reach this great community for you.” We have one person to please and only one, the Lord Jesus Christ. And if we’re pleasing him, that is what will count at the end of the day, and that’s how we can make a difference in Miami, here at our school, in our churches, and in our neighborhoods.
It is exciting to think of the future here at FCS, but to forget that our enemy does not want to see God’s agenda accomplished in our school, would be a grave mistake. Satan wants only failure and defeat, and an attitude of complacency. We have a choice as to how we will respond, but I say let’s get in the battle and fight. It’s time to stop giving our enemy so much credit for his attacks on our Christian school and community, and trust God to do amazing things that only He can do through dedicated parents and faculty who are prepared to lift up Christ and share their testimony with a community which desperately needs Jesus. My hope and prayer is that we will learn from our past experiences and determine not to be defeated again. “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.