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Imagine being in the Hunger Games for a moment. It’s very difficult for most of us. But despite the stress of it all, the tributes endure their challenges with resourcefulness, perseverance, and bravery — and I think we would all do the same if our survival were at stake.
That’s the drawback of living in a society that has achieved unprecedented scientific and technological progress. Yes, these are good — even praiseworthy — in and of themselves…but it may be that we have become a little too comfortable.
For all its perks, our society seems lost and unsure of itself, as do many individuals within it. And no wonder…we have forgotten that we are at war. Not for our physical survival, but for the fate of our immortal souls.
I typically try to avoid “preachy-ness” in my writing, as I don’t feel this is a good way to dialogue with people. But I will take this opportunity to assert that if we want to rediscover true meaning and true purpose in our lives, we must once more acknowledge that we are at war.
It is very important, however, to realize that our war is not with people. It’s not liberals vs. conservatives, East vs. West, etc. Rather, our war is “with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens” (Ephesians 6:12).
But we should not be somber, nor should we feel like we are walking on eggshells. Indeed, our war is a joyful war, for the Good King has already won the victory. While spiritual warfare may seem overwhelming at times, He supplies us with superabundant strength for it.
So let us abandon our own “hunger games,” and take on the fight nourished by the Bread of Life.
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