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FIRST-PERSON: When good guys fight each other

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) — Why do the good guys fight each other?

I wonder if non-Christians are honestly confused whenever Christians fight each other. I know I am. Every time I learn of conflict in a church I am surprised that the good guys couldn’t get along.

There are many answers to this question but I would suggest a primary one: We have an enemy who does his best to pit good guys against good guys.

His motive is clear: While the good guys are fighting each other he is attacking lives throughout town. Satan cannot destroy lives when the good guys work together against his schemes, so he knows that he must keep them fighting each other.

As the Scripture says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

So while the good guys fight flesh and blood, the enemy has a free-for-all where he can seek to hurt and destroy people without the interference of God’s good guys.

What is distracting you from carrying out the Great Commission? Are you involved in a fight against flesh and blood opponents while Satan is having a field day?

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  • Randy L. Bennett

    Randy L. Bennett is director of missions for the Kern County Southern Baptist Association in Bakersfield, Calif., and current president of the California Southern Baptist Convention.

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