There are a few ideas about warfare worth examining. Then we will look at whether we might also be worth considering, or would even want to be.
There is an old concept, supposed attributed to the Plains Indians, that the strength of a man could be measured by the might of his enemies. Your importance could be gauged by the significance of those who considered you to be a threat.
In one of the creepier incidents in the scriptures, in Acts, Chapter 19, seven sons of a chief priest named Sciva took it upon themselves to cast out evil spirits possessing a man. They commanded the spirits to come out, calling on the name of the Lord Jesus that Paul preached. In a more than discouraging moment, one of the spirits responded, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” Then the possessed man leaped on all seven of them, overcame them, and all seven fled from the house, naked and wounded. It is never a good idea to declare ourselves an enemy of what wields far more power than we do.
An old principle of warfare is dividing your adversaries to conquer them. For this reason, back when armies lined up and attacked each another in … Continue Reading