The whole world has become a battlefield. And it will get worse. But believing that we can defeat evil by physical confrontation, through uprisings, violent protests and wars is as naïve as Peter’s attempt to defend innocent Jesus by cutting the ear of a wicked captor.
Revolutions cannot defeat evil. Fighting against the strongholds of evil with your naked hands is like putting your hands in a bag full of venomous snakes in hope to survive the encounter; or like waving a sword against a violent wind in hope of restraining it. No wonder Jesus rebuked Peter: “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” Matthew 26:52.
Confronting evil with evil, whatever intentions, only perpetuates a vicious, demonic cycle of evil and violence. At the end of the day each revolution devours its own children, and most of them are not what they seem. Look at the outcomes of the raging revolutions from North Africa to Middle East and beyond, and discern how many of them have made their communities and this world a better place? None.
The storm is coming. But the answer to ever flourishing wickedness in the world is not in the pursuit of more aggression, violence and force, but in the supernatural advancement of the Kingdom of God as it is in Christ Jesus. If you fight evil without Jesus you will not succeed. Instead, you will join the dark side. For “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly (and earthly) realms.”
The ultimate act of defiance against the strongholds of evil, whether they are of supernatural or human origins, is to pledge our allegiance to Christ, the only true King of the only legitimate Kingdom. “The rock cut out not by human hands” is about to strike the statue of human ambition to control the world and “become a huge mountain that will fill the whole world”. Daniel 2:34.35.45.