Dropping the Bear off at school the other day, I took a different way home because I was grabbing gas for the Queen's minivan extraordinaire. Yes, I am that good of a husband, I know...
On the way home, I ran across an old ambulance made up in Halloween garb that declared itself a Zombie Response Vehicle. Not exactly this, but something like it:
I laughed a little, judged the people who owned it for being strange, and kept driving - wondering how in the world a TV show like The Walking Dead could affect people's vehicle choices. And then the thought crept in. "What if Zombies are real and we just don't know it?" (** Please note: I don't believe in zombies. I just hadn't had enough coffee to be sane **)
But here's what hit me (after another cup of black liquid sanity): we do have an Enemy who is real and is yet unseen. His effects are genuine. His power legitimate.
I look around my world right now - much less THE world right now - and see the craziness that exists and seems to be contagious. I don't know the ins and outs of the recipe, but I do know that spiritual warfare plays into it in more ways that (a) we can see and (b) we acknowledge. There is not a demon under every rock, but there are demons who wreak havoc and create all sorts of trouble for people. There are Tempters who invite us to do everything but the right thing. There is a real spiritual bondage that comes when people reverse the polarity of their moral compass.
It's real, dear reader. Be aware and be on the alert. A roaring, proud lion seeks people (and marriages and teenagers and reputations and ministries) to devour. (cf. 1 Peter 5.8)