Jesus is telling us in no uncertain terms that there is a battle
raging. This is perhaps the most important reason why we must choose the
barbarian way and resist any temptation to become civilized. Domesticated
Christians are far too willing to abdicate the battle for the soul of the world.
Civility focuses our energy on all the wrong places. We spend our lives
emphasizing our personal development and spiritual well-being. We build churches
that become nothing more than hiding places for the faithful while pretending
that our actions are for the good of the world. Or we try to advance our
cultural values, in attempt to make unbelieving people act like civilized
believers. In contrast Jesus calls us to a different way. He tells us this is a
battle of kingdoms. We cannot limit our sights to what is flesh and blood. We
are called to be warriors of light in dark places. We are mystical warriors who
use weapons not of this world!