Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

Struggle for Peace

8/8/20

The church is at war but who is the enemy? Many say the opponent is Satan or other unseen spiritual powers. 

But who does the church actually address in their perpetual warfare? It’s other human beings. It’s the folks they insist they must shun. It’s the ones who they must suppress because they don’t measure up to the church’s definition of righteousness and acceptability. It’s anyone who expresses concern for how religious freedom in this country has morphed into the license to denigrate and harm others. It is those who question church doctrine or dare to be a religious non-conformist. To a significant degree the enemy for the church is everyone who questions the status quo, who rejects any of the traditions- political, economic, cultural, or historical- all of which arose under the unchallenged influence of the church.

The church’s opponent is essentially humanity at large. They are engaged in a great cosmic struggle against being human.

Supposedly the church is battling right beside God in this great struggle, which means that God is also against being human and demands absolute conformity. It is very strange that the Creator of humanity with all its diversity could be so upset by it and all its manifestations.

One must recognize that demanded religious conformity is the opposite of religious freedom and serves to limit freedom in general. No wonder the church habitually allies itself with totalitarianism in human government. It is doctrinally ill suited to the very idea of freedom and equality.

Jesus spoke to this issue in Matthew 25 where he described a general judgment based on how we each treat one another. He emphatically stated that as we treat our fellow man we treat God. Any warfare against our fellowman therefore amounts to warfare with God, not for Him.

Our real struggle is not with God or some other supernatural agent. Instead it is with this religious obsession with warring against one another on God’s behalf. Our ultimate peace hinges on a counter intuitive victory, winning by surrendering the need to win.

The church is at war but who is the enemy? Many say the opponent is Satan or other unseen spiritual powers.

But who does the church actually address in their perpetual warfare? It’s other human beings. It’s the folks they insist they must shun. It’s the ones who they must suppress because they don’t measure up to the church’s definition of righteousness and acceptability. It’s anyone who expresses concern for how religious freedom in this country has morphed into the license to denigrate and harm others. It is those who question church doctrine or dare to be a religious non-conformist. To a significant degree the enemy for the church is everyone who questions the status quo, who rejects any of the traditions- political, economic, cultural, or historical- all of which arose under the unchallenged influence of the church.

The church’s opponent is essentially humanity at large. They are engaged in a great cosmic struggle against being human.

Supposedly the church is battling right beside God in this great struggle, which means that God is also against being human and demands absolute conformity. It is very strange that the Creator of humanity with all its diversity could be so upset by it and all its manifestations.

One must recognize that demanded religious conformity is the opposite of religious freedom and serves to limit freedom in general. No wonder the church habitually allies itself with totalitarianism in human government. It is doctrinally ill suited to the very idea of freedom and equality.

Jesus spoke to this issue in Matthew 25 where he described a general judgment based on how we each treat one another. He emphatically stated that as we treat our fellow man we treat God. Any warfare against our fellowman therefore amounts to warfare with God, not for Him.

Our real struggle is not with God or some other supernatural agent. Instead it is with this religious obsession with warring against one another on God’s behalf. Our ultimate peace hinges on a counter intuitive victory, winning by surrendering the need to win.