As God led His people out of Egyptian bondage and into the wilderness beyond, He was preparing them for something far beyond their ability to comprehend. Sure there was the promise of a land “flowing with milk and honey” at the end; however, in between lay many obstacles, the most significant of which was a major confrontation between the people of God and the forces of evil. There was a war going on.

As we make our own pilgrimage toward the “promised land,” I wonder how profoundly we have understood that there is a war going on.

  • 42% of adults in the USA believe that sex outside of marriage is morally acceptable. There is a war going on.
  • Marriages within the church have just as much of a chance of ending in divorce as marriages outside the church. There is a war going on.
  • 61 % of adults in the USA never attend church—ever! There is a war going on.
  • On average it takes 86 Christians in our existing churches one year to make one new convert—at a total cost of over one million dollars! There is a war going on.
  • Over 80% of the people polled said that they would come to church if they were personally invited. (Over 69% of those did come if they were met by a member and accompanied through the front door.) The problem is that over 80% of the people polled said that they had never been invited to church—ever! There is a war going on.

As God led His people out of Egyptian bondage and into the wilderness beyond, He was preparing them not to live out their days in comfort and ease but, rather, to be warriors for God on the earth. The years of exile helped prepare them for their unique role in God’s plan. It taught them to be people living in the world but never becoming part of the world.

Nothing has changed. We’re still God’s people—exiles in a foreign land, in but not of, warriors of God. And, in case we haven’t noticed, there is a war going on.

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