By Rev. Benjamin Steenbock
Don’t be distracted. Don’t get consumed by the white noise. It is not incumbent upon you to get outraged over a few petty crimes committed by people who, on another day in the not-too-far-flung future, may become our brothers in Christ, allies on the spiritual battlefield. By all means, condemn sin when you see it. But your breath is better spent condemning the life-stealing, soul-destroying chaos spread every day by the godless elites (on the “left” and “right”) who are making our country a totalitarian, godless, nightmare. If you must express your outrage, spend your breath condemning that storm.
But there’s a better way to spend your breath.
Pray. Pray God’s Word. Inwardly digest the wisdom of his Word. Gather your family to do the same. Join with brothers at your congregation to encourage and build one another up. Be bound together tightly with God’s Word that, together, the Old Evil Foe must flee from you, for Christ, the Word Made Flesh, is at your side. “Though an attacker can overpower one person, two people together can stand up against him. A rope with three strands is not quickly snapped” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 EHV).
The D.C. protest was a blessing from God. It opens our eyes to two important facts.
First, this is our time. We see clearly that there are millions of men in this country who will no longer lie down and quietly let evil men rule. We are prepared, by the Lord, to invite them to join us as warriors. We are prepared to give them the perfect weapon, Christ, a “polished arrow” (Isaiah 49:2), polished in his holy blood, an instant poison to the flesh, but a salve of life to those whose hearts he pierces. Yes, we are prepared to redirect their fury toward a righteous wrath—a righteous wrath to raise their sons in God’s holiness; a righteous wrath to destroy evil with Truth proclaimed; a righteous wrath to seize authority in their community, use it for good, and condemn wickedness. The Lord has chosen us for this time and given us everything we need to fight and win with righteous wrath.
Second, victory is not as far away as it seems. The wicked have sown the seeds of their own ruin. Their evil will overtake them. They have so thoroughly suppressed godly masculinity they no longer know how to face it. When godly men stand and live out the Truth of Christ, the wicked will fall. They will fall hard. They must, for “The Righteous One carefully watches the house of the wicked. He throws the wicked down to ruin” (Proverbs 21:12).
The red dawn of Judgment comes. It will be bathed in blood (cf. Revelation 14:20). While there is still time, we ride forth with rescue–the unfailing Word and power of Christ.
Do not be distracted. Ride forth. Meet the enemy’s lies. No longer can we slumber in this spiritual warfare. No. “Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath; now for ruin; and the red dawn!”