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Greg Brothers is an Adventist pastor in Oregon.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Caine Mutiny Gets Lost in the Poseidon Adventure (and Tremors ensue)

You know the plot – it’s long been a staple of movies and television shows:

A group of people who have nothing in common . . .
A. passengers on an ocean liner
B. survivors of an airplane crash
C. soldiers in wartime
D. residents of a small town in the Nevada desert

. . . must put aside their differences in the face of a common enemy.
A. a gigantic wave that has left them trapped inside the ship
B. hunger, thirst, and polar bears
C. their commanding officer (who’s gone nuts)
D. gigantic carnivorous earthworms.

Sound familiar?

Well, that’s what’s going on in Ephesians 6:10-12. If there’s one thing that’s clear, after all, it’s that those believers in Ephesus really didn’t have much in common. Gender, culture, economic status – you name it, and they had a reason to disagree.

So Paul gives them a common enemy. “If you’re going to fight,” he says in effect, “then fight this” – and as he does so, you’ll notice that he’s very careful to give them an enemy that’s not tied in to any particular group or culture.

“For we battle not against flesh and blood,” he says in verse 12, “but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

In short, we battle against them.

And in the process, we learn who our friends really are.

Pastor Greg

And remember: “It is better to die for a cause that will ultimately succeed, than to live for one that will ultimately fail” – Reinhold Niebuhr.

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