VICTORY IN JESUS
In Boca Raton, Florida there has been a controversy raging over some public holiday displays. As has been the tradition for many years, a nativity scene and a menorah have been set up in a public area. This year, a man got a permit and erected his own display; a pentagram in honor of Satan placed right next to the displays. Local folks, and many others are outraged. Somebody went so far as to destroy it.
People were demanding that the offensive tribute to Satan should be removed and should never have been allowed to be set up in the first place. However, in Boca Raton, as in all of the USA, citizens have the right of free speech and expression, thus governing officials are at a loss to forbid it.
I am offended by it and saddened that anyone would want to honor Satan and even more to do it in such a public way at a time when most people are actually thinking and talking about God. However, as I watched some of the television coverage about the situation, I couldn't help but think, "What a wonderful teaching opportunity!" (I guess it's just my nature as a preacher.)
Three displays, each intended to reflect varying religious views: Christian, Jewish, Satanic. And people are worried about it. Some saying they don't want their children to see the Satanic display and others just insisting that the outrageous display was an assault on their personal convictions.
The battle of good and evil has been going on since the time of Adam and Eve. Satan and his forces are in constant war with God and righteousness and Christians have always needed to be on guard and actively fighting against evil (Eph. 6:10-12). We shouldn't be surprised that there are things and people in this world that attack us and our faith. But there is no need to worry that Christianity will be eradicated or harmed by these actions.
God has revealed the ultimate conclusion of the great battle between His goodness and Satan. God wins! The book of Revelation is a glorious declaration of this fact. Christ and those who have allied themselves with Him will be victorious over Satan and everything he has done to destroy them. Whenever we feel that evil is winning we should read Revelation. The assurance of our victory with Christ does come with a warning. We must remain faithful in order to receive the blessings of the Lord's victory (Rev. 20:7-14).
"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" (Rev. 4:8)