I know this will be a controversial subject, but how many of you are tired of hearing about the battle between the President and the NFL? I am not here to judge the pros and cons, or the decisions of those who chose to kneel, or to stand with their hand on their heart, or to lock arms, or to stay off the field all together. We live in a country where freedom of speech and expression are still a birthright. But those in the midst of this controversy [who profess to be Christian] need to recognize that their birthright as Sons of God takes precedence over their identities as members of a football team.
I don't even really see this as a matter of supporting the troops or racial inequality or police brutality or crime in black communities. All I see is Satan spreading deception, discord, and chaos. Are all those issues a reality in our culture? Yes, they are. Are they insurmountable? Not if we quit listening to the lies of the Father of Lies. As I see it, this entire situation has been orchestrated by the devil. Does he have his human partners in this state of affairs? Absolutely! But it is time Christians take the lead in these circumstances and shut down the Enemy's scheme to use man's pride as his tool to sow evil.
I wish just one faithful person would stand up and say, "Guys, look at what Satan is doing to us!" I mean these players are trained to size up their opponent's strategy and be ready to adjust their game plan when they find themselves losing. And there is nothing about this situation that says anyone is winning. I see the devil's strategy as plain as day ... As I wrote a couple of years ago in a post titled The Four D's Of The Enemy's Battle Plan, I am seeing that this battle between the President and the NFL is shaping up to be a tactical salvo in the devil's spiritual war against this nation.
The devil is using Deception to convince both sides that they can win this argument. Whatever immediate satisfaction they might gain from making their point will be lost in the escalated animosity that will spill over into all of our society. He is promising that righteous indignation will win the day, but dramatization and exaggeration will diminish the message. And if that's not enough to destroy any goodwill that might be left, the Enemy will employ the news and social media and the world of entertainment to fan the flames and sow more seeds of deception through bitter and malicious comments.
Division is the next tool Satan is using to implement his scheme ... division between races, between players and fans, between political and social agendas, and between those who play a game for millions of dollars and those who die on the battlefield to defend their right to say and do what their conscience tells them. He uses man's arrogance, pride, resentments, fear, and misunderstandings to keep us from finding a better way to communicate our differences and experiences. He seeks to divide us among ourselves, so that we do not recognize him as our common Enemy who is out to kill and destroy us all.
And it seems so clear to me that this whole mess is nothing but a Diversion that keeps us from looking at our real problems ... a lack of relationship with Jesus Christ, first and foremost; lack of love and respect for our fellow man; and lack of personal responsibility for the ills of this nation. Is this controversy really worthy of such national conflict? Whether one stands for the National Anthem is a statement on how we feel about our citizenship in this country. But where is our statement about our superior citizenship in Heaven (Philippians 3:20)? Satan has us so caught up in this lesser dispute, that we have abdicated our identities as ambassadors of our Father's Kingdom.
And lastly, the devil is using a strategy of Discouragement to make us feel that we will never achieve unity in this nation or world. Whether it is the NFL or North Korea, he is painting a bleak picture of our future. He convinces us that we are headed down a path of no return, and that we will never settle our differences. We find ourselves tired and apathetic that change will ever be accomplished, and so we don't turn to the One who could be the instrument of our revival.
There are voices of reason and faith among members of the NFL, but their voices are small in number. Let us pray that more Christians among them will walk out their faith in leadership roles, pointing to a higher calling in these circumstances. And let each of us pray that men of principle will recognize the devil's strategy and refuse to play by his rules. Nothing is impossible when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, and lock arms in unity with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. That is where we are all equal in our worth to the Father. Let it be on earth, as it is in Heaven...
2 Corinthians 2:10-11 ".... if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes".