We live in a world where many nations possess powerful weaponry which have the potential of causing catastrophic loss of life and massive destruction. The nations of the world are embroiled inidentifying enemies both inside and outside of their borders which are causing complete chaos at times. It seems as if these forces are way out ahead of nations and governments, coming up with new ways and places to attack that are difficult to predict. As a result, people of the world feel very vulnerable to this enemy, which in the world we live in has been labeled “terrorism,” but more accurately should be called sin and evil. The most dangerous thing that the people of the world can do is to ignore the reality that this evil exists and that it is dedicated to the destruction and demise of a peaceful way of life. In the Bible the Psalmist talks about the time preceding the second coming of Jesus Christ. “Why do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, [God the Father and Jesus Christ]” Psalm2:2. The reality of our world situation is that the chaos and terrorism taking place around the world is a reflection of the defiance of man toward the one true God, and the Bible teaches us that someday God will put an end to the madness.
In the same way we live in a world full of hostility and terror, our Christian school, which was established to faithfully share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this community and provide an education for our students from a Biblical perspective, is located in enemy territory. As a result, we can expect opposition to what we want to do here, and the reality that we are going to engage in spiritual battle. As Christian parents and educators, 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 equip themselves, now more than ever before, for all out spiritual warfare.
God is looking for Christians in this world, who are willing to sell out to Him and truly make a difference. 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. The Bible teaches us as believers, that we 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 leave our homes each day.
Why do we want to go to battle? Because we realize that God still wants to move in our country and wants to do a mighty work in this community through FCS. 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. “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.