Shelter in Place

"Dear Mom, I'm going stir crazy. The kids are bouncing off the walls. My wife and I are snapping at each other. The dog whines and looks at me with those sad, anxious eyes. When I slip out to take him for a walk, people glare at me from their windows, but the police haven't stopped me yet. The lines in the grocery store are crazy. Spaced the obligatory six feet apart, they're stretching out the door and down the sidewalk, and when I finally get inside, I can't find half the things I need. People are hoarding stuff. They don't seem to think about the fact that their hoarding means other people can't get what they need. People are scared... afraid of dying. I'm tired of looking at the news. It's all bad. Glad I'm not the President. He gets it from all sides. There's no respect these days. What's the world coming to? Does anything really matter? Does my life matter? If this goes on much longer, I'm gonna lose everything I've worked so hard to build..."

As the early American patriot Thomas Paine wrote many years ago, "These are times that try men's souls."1 It is normal for a man to hope that his life on this earth would have consequential effect, and the sense of futility that is closing in on many these days is crushing. In many ways, it seems as if the earth itself is reeling on the edge of disaster, and we are powerless to hold it back.

In times like this we get a glimpse of the spiritual realm, the invisible forces that are at work to pit man against man, preying on our fears and coaxing us to take what we can get before there's nothing left. That's why there is so much strife while this "shelter-in-place" directive is in force. The nobility that is inherent in our very nature, as creatures made in the image of God, seems all but lost. At moments like these, the evil ruler of this world begins to be unmasked before our eyes.

Yes, in spite of all the propaganda and social engineering intended to erase the knowledge of his existence from our consciences, Satan is alive and well. You see it in the selfish and senseless hoarding, as if having a pantry full of toilet paper will save people from the plague they so fear. He holds humanity under his sway in so many obvious and frustrating ways, and few are they who gain a foothold against the subtle, deeply rooted hostilities that keep them pitted against one another.

Perhaps you are one of those who long to be free from this cycle of selfishness, that your life could have a consequential effect towards the tearing down of Satan's strongholds, his invisible influence hidden behind the kingdoms of this world. If so, we want to tell you a story that will unlock the mystery of God's plan to overthrow the Evil One's rule.

  • 1. Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, Philadelphia, December 1776.

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