Scripture informs us that many developments in this world result from spiritual warfare. The apostle Paul charges:
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:11-13 ESV
Daniel 10 provides us with a fascinating account of what most commentators believe to be good and evil angelic forces doing battle related to various nations. We have every reason to believe that this type of spiritual warfare is occurring today in regard to America.
Two compelling factors reveal that the current presidential election ultimately comprises a spiritual battle.
First, the current battle for the White House essentially consists of a struggle between good and evil.
This assertion is evidenced by the candidates themselves. Though the media has devoted vastly disproportionate attention to the indiscretions of Donald Trump, seeking to portray him as the embodiment of evil and Hillary as a saint, a more objective analysis leads to the opposite conclusion. While Trump has been recorded on an 11-year-old tape using profligate language, Hillary has been shown guilty of far worse activities such as lying repeatedly, committing felonies, selling government services for huge donations to her foundation, and other major immoral and illegal behaviors, behaviors which the media convey to be of little consequence.
Good and evil also characterizes the positions of these candidates. While Trump advocates for Supreme Court justices that will spare the lives of unborn babies, Hillary would aggressively pursue justices who would leave them to be murdered. Hillary crusades for open borders while Trump would protect them, which constitutes a moral issue on many counts such as upholding the rule of law, stopping the flow of drugs, and protecting American citizens from felons who enter illegally. Likewise, Hillary’s support of ObamaCare versus Trump’s commitment to replace it encompasses moral implications because of the extreme chaos created by ObamaCare, the tremendous financial burden it is placing on American families, and its robbing us of our freedoms.
We also encounter good and evil in the approaches employed by these opposing political entities. We find Democrats consistently seeking to rig the election while seldom if ever Republicans can be charged with doing so, e.g. Democratic strategists have been caught planning to mobilize illegal voters. The media consistently distorts reality to Democrat advantage. The government refused to charge Hillary with crimes despite voluminous evidence exposing her guilt. Democrats hired troublemakers to disrupt Trump rallies, and the media colluded with them in using this disruption to portray Trump as an unruly candidate. The entire Democratic strategy consists of a web of deceit and dirty tricks.
Of course, no one is contending that Trump is perfectly good and that Hillary is totally evil, but the prevailing patterns point in those directions. This situation suggests that behind this election a battle is raging between spiritual forces of good and evil.
A second indicator that we are engaged in the spiritual battle can be found in the blindness of American citizens, which defies rational explanation. When we consider the damage, chaos, and failure created by Pres. Obama, who can possibly explain his 55% approval rating. In light of Hillary’s criminal behavior, exposure of the dirty tricks employed by the Democrat Party, the crippling rate increases inflicted by ObamaCare, the multiple daunting problems created by open borders, and many other Democrat liabilities, how can we possibly explain that Hillary is still leading in this race? Conservative talk show hosts find themselves perplexed by this situation, no one seeming to have a valid explanation. The only substantive explanation can be found in spiritual blindness that prevents many Americans from grasping these realities.
How do believers engage in this spiritual battle? In both Daniel 10 and Ephesians 6 prayer is identified as our means of engaging in spiritual warfare. In Daniel 10 while angels were battling it out for three weeks we find Daniel engaged in the battle through prayer. In Ephesians 6 after Paul warns that we fight spiritual forces and calls us to put on our armor the words immediately following without a sentence break are “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
Winning the spiritual battle in which our nation is now engaged will likewise require that God’s people join in the war against the spiritual forces of evil through fervent, extensive prayer, individually and corporately, as we go about our tasks during the day and on our knees at night. Might we be especially engaged in this battle against evil in prayer during the ten days ahead so that we can spend the days that follow in thanksgiving for God’s victory.