That proverbial phrase, “the elephant in the room,” seems to frequently fit these tumultuous times.

That elephant may be any number of challenging topics that people would rather not discuss for fear of offending others and possibly being canceled by some who feel offended. Oh my gosh — I just exposed one of those proverbial elephants!

Let me mention a few more elephants just to paint a more vivid picture of the problem that I believe we need to address.

Systemic racism comes to mind. Then there’s this concerted effort to defund the police in our largest cities, while we open our southern border to undocumented migrants. What about out-of-control government spending and the inflation that naturally must follow? Just what is election integrity?

And, of course, there’s the exorbitant amount of corporate spending with divisive publicity for power and profit at the expense of what I believe is the silent majority.

What we need is a dialogue on these and other elephants so we can work through the obvious issues that are already dividing our country pretty much down the middle! We must properly recognize and address these salient issues for what they really are.

The problem with such elephants is their illusive nature. It’s hard to grasp their true purpose. Before we can tackle these behemoths, we must come to grips with their real source. I’ve concluded the true culprit behind these divisive issues is the oldest Enemy of all.

Since the beginning of time as we know it, he’s been in our midst creating havoc in the lives of mankind. Satan is real and he’s leading a spiritual campaign to take down all that is good and worthy in this world.

That’s not to say all our perceived efforts are good. But all that is evil is generated through his spiritual divisiveness.

Unfortunately, many follow his lead without even realizing their allegiance to him. There are two camps in this world — those who follow the Deceiver (Evil) and those who follow the Lord (Good).

Let me say one more time, sadly many who follow his lead have no idea that they are following him at all. They simply feel they are following their own desires, which they perceive as a greater good. Well, I consider such desires to be self-centered, and they fall right into the trap Satan has set for humankind.

Fortunately, many have been set apart from the ways of this world and follow the One who has set a different course that leads to a divine nature that keeps us from succumbing to Satan’s devious plan. We must take a stand for what is right and true and pleasing to God.

Let me quote the leader of the first Christian church. In 2 Peter 1:5-7 we read, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”

Peter wisely continues in verse 8: “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This may seem foreign to your way of thinking. If so, you are not on the same wavelength as our Heavenly Father.

You see, the Holy Spirit leads those of us who place our total trust in the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and we sense His presence in the daily circumstances we deal with in life. He wants you to reach out and come into close fellowship so that you can draw near to Him this day forward. Please consider praying for His presence in your life.

Let me end with this thought. Whatever elephants confront you in the future, recognize the spiritual battle and realize that the power of prayer is most important.

We must pray for boldness and realize that we are not in the battle alone. There are many near you who feel as you do and know that God is not pleased with the divisive plans of the Evil One.

We must stand firm for what we know is right. Yes, we’re wonderfully blessed to live in a country that’s based on Judeo-Christian principles and we must fight for our rights as Americans.

Passages to Ponder

» Psalm 133:1-4

» Acts 26:15-18

» 2 Timothy 1:7

» 2 Peter 1:3-4

» 1 John 4:1-4

— Jim Langley has been writing for more than 30 years while working as a life and health insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent years, his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to draw near to Him as well. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he started writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches an international audience through the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. He can be contacted at [email protected] for more information. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

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