“We are not ignorant of the devil’s devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11)
Or are we?
When you’re distracted, your attention changes. Your focus shifts. Suddenly you’re side tracked, off target.
This doesn’t just mean an annoyance; if you’re a soldier in a for-real war, a distraction can be fatal. Wounded or dead, distractions prevent your objectives from being accomplished.
Enemies use distractions like slick magicians, but the result isn’t just a laugh or two, the result is death. Think suicide bombers dressed like pregnant women. Think Trojan War. Distraction is a well-known, well-used warfare strategy. (See below.) How is it that the church at large isn’t recognizing that fact?
If he can’t kill you outright, the devil will try to nullify your faith, thus your effectiveness. An attractive con man, Satan can be an enemy spy in the camp (i.e. the church, or in the mind of an individual). He’s pretty good at it.
Too many Christians seem to have forgotten we’re in a real shooting war. There’s a real enemy who has thousands of years of experience in destroying humans. (But our commander-in-chief has way more experience in combating the enemy!)
Right now the enemy is using distractions across the body of Christ as effective weapons. Some distractions that I see across the globe right now include:
- Offense. Feelings hurt. Self-pity. Rights violated. Poor me. Bad you!
- Pride. Self-righteousness. I’m right, he’s wrong. I have to tell him that he’s wrong. Gossip. Social media!
- Deceptions. Fake news. Half-truths. Exaggerations. Believing a lie. Not believing the truth.
- “Discussions” of politics and religion. Smart alecky comments degenerate into bad manners. Rudeness. Spite.
- Busyness. Laziness. Ignorance. Schedules packed too full of non-essentials.
- Disagreements leading to arguments. Strife. Church splits. Denomination splits. Family splits.
- Worry. Anxiety. Depression. Lay-offs. Poverty. Hunger. Homelessness.
- Disease. Pain. Cancer. Stroke. Heart attack. Accidents.
- Troubles in family and friends.
- Fear. Paranoia. Crime. Terrorists. Human trafficking. Children stolen.
- Technology. Hacking. Stolen identity. Smart phones. Reckless driving.
- Too much stress. Alcohol. Drugs. Pornography. Spending. Movies, magazines, television, sports. Anything to take my mind off my troubles.
- Apathy. Spiritual fatigue. Doubt. Unbelief. Nothing does any good, why try.
What happens when all these distractions are going on? Rather, what is NOT going on? Our personal assignment is not getting done. Our personal mission is not being accomplished.
What to do? Open your eyes! Pray for gifts of discerning of spirits, so you can see what’s really happening – this is a spiritual battle, this is a real war, and these are real dangers.
Distraction in warfare
- Fake targets:
- In open field with mass military strategy, sometimes a contingent of troops distracts the enemy army to expose their flank, or to draw them away from a key point or fortification.
- Flares can divert enemy soldiers’ gaze.
Distraction was a key battle strategy in tales from the Trojan War. According to the legend, the Greeks seemed to have retreated by pretending to sail away. In their stead, they left a large wooden horse, which the Trojans then chose to bring back within their walls in order to celebrate their supposed victory. The Greeks used the Trojans’ pride as a distraction, as they actually hid men within the Trojan Horse in order to let the rest of the army in during the cover of night. The Greeks then entered and destroyed the city of Troy, effectively ending the 10-year standoff that was the Trojan War.