The spiritual battle between good and evil rages nonstop behind the scenes of history. There are special times when the conflict is so hot that it polarizes the world in obvious contrast for all to see. Now is such a time. At first glance it may appear today that evil is winning, especially as we see the downturn of America and the rest of the Western World. But as we step back from the existential moment (our cable news snapshot of history) we can perceive the true hope. An honest analysis of history dramatically verifies that those who follow the biblical strategy of hope have overcome incredible odds, defeating the enemy of their souls, and have left the world a far better place. These true believers, in obedience to biblical laws and principles, have created freedom, prosperity and happiness in nation after nation throughout history.
Through the centuries, the godly strategy for defeating evil has been an internal to external, bottom up, generational plan. Examples of these incredible victories over evil, against all odds, include: Moses and Pharaoh, Gideon and the Midianities, David and Goliath, Daniel in Babylon, Joseph in Egypt, Paul and the Roman Empire, and the Pilgrims in the New England wilderness. Let’s review this strategy of hope.
The Individual Redeemed
The redeemed individual, walking in a renewed loving relationship with his Creator, is the fundamental base for reconciling God’s world and restoring nations (II Cor. 5: 17-21). The loving true God humbles the individual and supernaturally replaces his “heart of stone” with a new heart. His heart’s desires are then transformed to fulfill his destiny under God and to serve others. In stark contrast, leaders of other religions and ideologies attempt to change or control peoples’ behavior from the top down.
The Blessed Family
Throughout Scripture, the driving engine in the building of God’s kingdom from generation to generation is the monogamous family unit. The “Shema” (Deut. 6: 4-12) was understood by the Hebrews as the basic commission for the family. This internal to external strategy reveals how to produce a powerful family for good that will influence generations to come.
First, we are to know God and love Him with “all our heart, soul and might.” Then we are to teach our children God’s commands throughout the day. Scripture delegates all education to the parents, not to the media or the state. “These words which I command you today shall be in your heart and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” We are to mark ourselves, our homes and our businesses – all we are and do – with obedience to God’s law. Then we are to expect blessing to ourselves and our children to 1,000 generations (Deut. 7:9). We can also expect blessing to come to our cities and nation as well (Deut. 6:10-12).