‘American Sniper’ Shines A Bright Light

This weekend my wife and I went to the movies and watched “American Sniper.” We like much of America viewed the film through civilian eyes whose only contact with the war on terror has come through our television screens, radio programs, and print media. We have lived our lives in relative ignorance of the dangers of the war and threats. I know there are people who have suffered personally during these years of battle and too many have seen sons and daughters, husbands and mothers, brothers and sisters wounded, injured, and killed in the war for freedom. I thank each person for his or her sacrifices and service to our country.

sniper-posterWhat came to my mind and heart during the watching of this film was the fact that most of us are completely unaware of the great dangers we face in the world. We live under a blanket of protection provided by men and women who think more highly of others than they do of themselves. They are patriots who believe in the greater good than comes through the horrors of war.

Even if the Left and PC crowd refuse to identify things in this world as evil, we are always engaged in a war with evil. The Bible reminds us that our struggles are not against individuals but against world forces of darkness “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)

There IS Evil in the world, but it is not of the world.

We are constantly engaged in warfare that is targeting TURTH with error – RIGHT with wrong – FREEDOM with bondage – and HOPE with fear. The good news is that Jesus is Lord!

In this physical world we should be grateful for those who provide the eyes in the sky to protect those who fight for freedom on the ground. Personal friends have shared with me the great sense of relief that comes from knowing there are eyes watching their backs from rooftops in battle zones. We should always speak a word of appreciation to our men and women in uniform for the service they give to our country.

In the spiritual world we would be humbled and thankful for the fact that God has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. We must live in the awareness of His presence, power, and protection. There is EVIL in the world, but remember the promise of God … “thus says the LORD to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”2 Chronicles 20:15 (NASB)