10 April 2005


Odd title, isn't it. Not if you are a C.S. Lewis fan. One of C. S. Lewis' books described the Christian faith in terms of an invasion. Christ -- not the church -- is invading the Devil's territory. Right now we are landing here and there and there will be a big DDay -- that's the End.
What fascinates me about this idea is that it reminds us that the world is captive territory and that the Devil is the Enemy. Too often does the Church want to be 'nice' and 'acceptable' to the world around us. No, this doesn't mean that we forget the mission of taking Christ to the nations, for the mission is central. But it does remind us of the task and why the world seems so evil and disgusting.
Lutheran liturgies and theology like to talk about the world as a world of sin and death. Both are our enemies.
(1Co 15:53-58) This body that decays must be changed into a body that cannot decay. This mortal body must be changed into a body that will live forever. When this body that decays is changed into a body that cannot decay, and this mortal body is changed into a body that will live forever, then the teaching of Scripture will come true: "Death is turned into victory! Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?" Sin gives death its sting, and God's standards give sin its power. Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, then, brothers and sisters, don't let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.

Yes, we are in a war. But the victory is ours because of Christ. And only because of Christ -- Christ is the Victor already. Doc Steve


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