Are you a target for the Enemy?
Make no mistake about it… We are at war! Like in every battle our enemy has priority objectives in the form of high-value targets. If you are a target then that says something good about you. It certainly should never make us wonder if you are a good Christian!
The book of wisdom says the following:
“For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, and an adulteress hunts for the precious life.” (Proverbs 6:26)
The precious are a traget marked for destruction. Meaning, the enemy will make a concentrated effort on what has potential to hurt him. He covets to own or eliminate what is precious to God. In the minds of some this marks you as suspicious.
Too often we misjudge others and sometimes it’s simply because they are a coveted prize. We look at the turmoil and automatically think something must be wrong with them. This is true of a target who is an individual, or the targeted church the enemy would like to get anihilate. The reasoning is not sound. It would be like condemning a light bulb for the number of moths around it. Yet it happens more than you might think.
Years ago I remember undergoing a review by a pastor. He was called in to hear accusations against me. The accusations turned out to be someone’s frustration of an inconsequential nature. After a brief discussion he closed his book and said clearly there was nothing of any substance. Then, he seemed to take an about-face declaring ‘but where there’s smoke there’s fire.’ I was astonished!
It was then that I realized how much of the church life revolves around the politics of appearance – optics. Being above suspicion took on a whole new slant. This is a perversion of justice. It coerces us to blend in, otherwise we awaken the accusing focus of the mob. It is like being in a zombie movie and trying to pretend you are one of them; no sudden movements please. Of course it plays right into the hands of the enemy who needs only sully our image to arouse opposition.
Unless we change our perspective churches and people engaged in serious battle are further endangered. Imagine if this was the case in natural war. That is, any platoon or squad under attack, is excluded from support. Ludicrous!
In this reality, simply by being effective, we are viewed with suspicion and fear. The very presence of the enemy’s movements automatically categorizes the precious as tainted. Yet these coveted trophies, eyed by the enemy, are precious to our Heavenly Father. We should all be so lucky. The enemy hunts the precious life!