Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT) A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Any time innocent people are hurt and murdered, it grieves us all. It’s easy to see the stories we read of the attacks and think that what we are seeing is the whole story. But we are reminded in Ephesians 6, that the real battle is taking place on a spiritual stage. And there is likely no soil on earth that has been scorched more by spiritual battle than the very place where Jesus came to earth and conquered sin and death for all of mankind.
Living in this beautiful and broken land, we hear many stories of hurt, fear and anger from our friends on both sides of the line. We are deeply moved by the stories of these people we care so much for, however, as an organization, and in agreement with our partner organizations, we do not take sides in the politics of the region. We believe that we are called to point ALL to the Messiah. God sent his son to earth with one agenda … to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:11). However, as believers, it’s all to easy to become confused and believe that our agenda is God’s agenda. As one of our volunteers put it, “The difficulty is to feel the pain in people’s stories, while also finding ways to speak truth about reconciliation rather than resentment of an entire people group.”
Please know that safety is not our main concern. At least not physical safety. This is a spiritual battle and the stakes are high. We count it a privilege to have been placed here for such a time as this. Please join the battle with us on your knees. We covet your prayers of peace and reconciliation through Christ, now more than ever!