2 Thessalonians 3:3: “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”

Knowing we have the same enemy unites us, as demonstrated in the 1996 film “Independence Day”.  Its story line is about a worldwide alien attack and subsequent resistance of humankind culminating in the battle on Fourth of July. In the movie script, the acting President of the United States rallied his troops before releasing them to the battlefield. Here is an excerpt of his televised speech:

“In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind… Mankind. That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests.”

Unity has never been our forte. Strife and division on the other hand, we could say we have a Master’s degree. Global peace hangs on the precarious balance based on threat. I am certain  that the combined weaponry of all nations could potentially blow up our home planet Earth many times over. I have always said we don’t need a devil to destroy humankind. Mankind is pretty proficient in self-eliminating. However, that does not mean there is no evil force currently working behind the scenes.

Obviously, the best way to wage a good battle is to have the right allies. In God we have a powerful ally, but we need to understand that God is for all people. And He will support us if we have the same mindset. We need to be interested in everybody’s welfare. We need to learn what it means to love our enemies. And we need to understand that all God’s creatures are equally loved by their Creator.

In times of crisis when we fight for our survival we need to be extra-careful not to lose our humanity. God has equipped us for battle, but He especially has equipped us for love. We need to use both our brains and our hearts to address the challenges and problems presented to us in our lifetime.

The most important thing there is to know, is to know the Lord. I believe that with all of my heart. Loving God and loving people grows out of knowing Him. Living the love command, we will see how faithful the Lord is. He strengthens His people and protects them from the evil one.