One of the primary duties given by God to kings and rulers is to protect the people under their care from dangers within and dangers without. If you study the biblical accounts of Isreal’s history, you will notice that some kings served their people well in that way while others were…well, you know. Whether you are a king or a parent or a pastor, there is a very important quality one must have in order to rightly protect the people. He must be able to correctly identify the enemy. Godly kings like Asa and Josiah knew who the enemy was and quickly went about demolishing the idols of the land. Solomon lost sight of the enemy when he went about setting the world record for biggest harem and did so with a bunch of idol-worshipping babes. Saul thought the enemy was David when he should have been throwing the spear at his own pride and ambition. The good kings fought the right enemies and their people prospered. The bad kings fought the wrong enemies and their people were conquered and enslaved.
You won’t win many battles if the soldiers are shooting in the wrong direction. How many homes and churches and nations do you know that spend all of their energy and resources fighting on the wrong battlefield? The great reformer, Martin Luther, had this to say about such battles:
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” -Luther’s Works. Volumn 3
Our government will never do a good job of protecting us from internal and external enemies until our leaders regain the ability to rightly identify the true threats to our republic. Humanism in its many forms (socialism, environmentalism, materialism, egalitarianism, extreme individualism, etc.) is just one of the real enemies. Our churches will never be fields of shepherds and lambs where wolves are exposed, lost sheep are rescued, and lambs become lions until the gospel sword is wielded again with boldness to strike at the heart of our sins (not the sins of the guy or the church down the street). Our homes will not stand until godly men rise up once more to be the gatekeepers of their families. They must become men of the Word so that they see the dangers in their own heart, the dangers in the hearts of their wives and children, and the dangers lurking just outside the door wanting to come in and devour.