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Today's Devotional Reading
Giving Up Without A Fight

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For our struggle is 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 (Eph.6:12).

Within some of the times that the nation of Israel was held captive, they found themselves separated from the life they once knew, the land they called home, and a freedom they loved. But many of their captors followed a brilliant plan which would in essence make the people who were captives become more like citizens of the nation who carried them off, than prisoners. The captors would slowly work them into their society so that they would become comfortable with their new lives. They would give them a place, a purpose and a home so that over time they would claim their captor's land as their own home.
Doing so would instill within the captives a sense of loyalty to their captors. It was a way to turn them from possibly being rebellious patriots into being faithful citizens. Sure, they were allowed to keep some of their religious freedoms and practices, and some of their cultural and traditional customs. But for many those things became little more than time honored heritage which made up a only a small part of who they were individually; while on a greater scale, they took on the resemblance of their captors--eventually becoming as one with them while clinging to their past homes, people and God with sentimental attachment only.
Why not fight back? In such a situation it may have often been easier to "make the best of it." Life was hard enough and who wants to live a life complicated by chaos and conflict. When the captor is willing to give you a place among their society, a home to live in, and overall a pretty good life, why not surrender? Over time the memories would fade and the people would grow content to live their lives in the foreign land. For even that which is foreign becomes the familiar over time.
There would be many benefits from conforming. The people would be able to live in peace. If the nation who took them captive has a massive empire they would no longer have to worry about some other country taking them captive--one who might treat them poorly. And if all of that is not enough, the captor was so strong that resistance would be a waste of time and lives, so why resist?
We might consider these things and consider ourselves blessed. We live in a nation that is strong, one in which we are free to live as we choose, and one in which we have religious freedoms. We have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--don't we? And yet what is the difference between us and those who are held captive?
For Christians there is not much difference at all. For even though we claim to be free, we often practice our Christianity within the closets of sentimental tradition. Rather than it being seen as the core of who we are, it is seen more as a private and personal individual choice. After all, we don't want to be fanatical about it, that might stir up chaos and conflict. It's easier to be captive to the culture and customs of the society in which we live than to stand against the forces that keep us as a loyal and peaceful part of a decadent land.
We as Christians have allowed ourselves to be taken in by the land in which we live. We have taken a home, purpose and place within the society in the land in which we live, and we have become comfortable. We have turned away from being a threat to our society to being supporters of it within our lifestyles. Our religious freedoms and practices have become little more than time honored heritage. On a greater scale, we have taken on the resemblance of those in whose land we dwell, and have become as one with them while our memories of our promised land fade with the passing of each generation.
We are Christians. We live in a foreign land. One in which, over time, we have allowed to become home and cause our memories of our heritage to fade. We have forgotten what it means to be Christian, and have chosen instead to become a faithful and contributing member to a godless society. We have surrendered to live like those around us, and have forgotten that God has given us the land.
It is time we refuse to silently stand by and watch our Christian nation be destroyed and our children along with it. It is time we remember that our God is bigger than any thing, nation, society or person that holds us captive. It is time we remember our heritage is not as Americans, it is as Christians. It is time we remember who we are. It is time we remember whose land this is and it is time we take it back.

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