Paul warns us that we are at war with satanic forces.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12, NASB)
The designations he uses for these forces suggest various ranks in an army. “Rulers” comprise the highest level, the Greek term connoting that these are the generals that make plans and command their execution. Next we have “powers,” literally “authorities,” which seems to be the officers directing the war at the battalion and company levels. The bottom tier in this satanic army consists of “the spiritual forces of evil,” the satanic troops, the boots on the ground engaged in combat against good, so as to advance evil in the world.
My description of this satanic army skipped over the third tier, “the cosmic forces of this darkness.” This category comprises a special ops unit in this satanic army, assigned specifically to create darkness.
This mission receives special attention because Satan can only advance his evil agenda in an environment of darkness. Light would expose not only the wickedness of his objectives but also their foolishness. The irrationality of every aspect of Satan’s program requires darkness.
For example, “the National Center for Transgender Equality reported in 2015 that 40 percent of people who identify as transgender have attempted suicide.” By comparison, heavy smoking may cause lung cancer at the substantially lesser rate of 22 percent. Consequently, one would think that authoritative sources in our society would be warning regarding the dangers of transgender identification even more than they give warnings regarding smoking. Instead, our society enshrouds in darkness the danger of transgender identification.
This need for darkness mandates that the Left in its promotion of post-Christian culture corrupts the primary avenues of information, the normal sources of light in our society, in order to keep America under a thick cloud of ignorance.
Universities achieve this blackout of truth by banning conservative professors. They maintain the resulting darkness by assigning safe spaces where people can hide from the truth, by giving trigger warnings when the truth might appear, and barring conservative speakers or shouting them down. These universities must maintain darkness because their fraudulent positions could not sustain the light of open debate.
The monolithic mainstream media also employs a number of tactics to keep Americans in the dark. In addition to fabricating fake news, they ban valid news. Recent statistics show that 91% of their reporting on Pres. Trump is negative, despite his many achievements such as a roaring economy, the defeat of ISIS, and a low unemployment rate.
In fact, everywhere the Left gains influence, it aggressively blocks the dissemination of truth. Consider that the left-wing judiciary in California has charged those who exposed Planned Parenthood’s selling baby parts with crimes, placing a gag order on them, while failing to charge Planned Parenthood with wrongdoing.
Isaiah encountered this phenomenon in his day:
Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:14 NKJV)
Isaiah teaches us that a dark society where truth has fallen in the street, also eradicates justice, equity, and righteousness. Perhaps the most glaring present example of injustice is found in the exoneration of Hillary Clinton, despite a long trail of obvious crimes, while employing every dirty trick to find some way to charge Pres. Trump with wrongdoing, despite the absence of any evidence. Isaiah warns that living in darkness is not only unpleasant but dangerous.
One element of the compound Greek word Paul used to label these satanic forces disseminating darkness is “cosmos,” a term used in Scripture to describe organized evil. The effectiveness of satanic forces in maintaining darkness can be attributed at least in part to their unity and organization. For example, I mentioned above how evil judges provided the cover of darkness for Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, the evil media refused to report this travesty of justice to the American public.
How can God’s people shine light in our darkened society? We need to do so as individuals by our witness and works. The church must also do so through evangelism and discipleship. Despite the faithfulness of many individual believers and churches in carrying out these tasks, the forces of darkness continue to prevail. What is missing?
At this point we can take a lesson from the forces of evil. As just noted, they are effective in large measure because they unify and coordinate their efforts. My book, Counterattack: Why Evangelicals Are Losing the Culture War and How They Can Win, makes the case that lack of unity is contributing to evangelical defeat in the culture war. We have hundreds of evangelical organizations all trying to do good things, but those efforts are not unified and coordinated. God has given us all the resources necessary to win the culture war. However, this can only be achieved by unifying in the battle against the forces of darkness. Only by joining forces can evangelicals effectively shine the light of biblical truth and reason in our society, exposing the lies of the Left and defeating them in the culture war.