Some years ago I had a friend who was a cop. One night he got a call and responded to a domestic disturbance call. A woman let him and his partner into the house. As they were interviewing her, the drunk husband showed up. He pulled up behind the police cruiser and came crashing through the door. The two cops easily took him down and had him cuffed.
When the enemies of God come against the Christians, the church and defy God himself, like the two policeman, He can take them down without incident.
Some Christians think like the Jews did in the time of Jesus and expect the Messiah to shatter every obstacle - eventually, on the last day, He will. The question is this: is that realistic? Didn't David, Daniel, Moses, Gideon, and 13 of the 14 apostles have battles to fight? The answer is yes. Some were physical battles and others were spiritual - coming against men, organizations, governments, factions, religious folks and the unseen forces of the devil, his band of demons, and the principalities they lived under.
If you were to ask a foot soldier who was in a war or a battle that was won, they probably wouldn't tell you it was easy, or that there weren't any casualties. There is a battle between the Kingdom of God including his church, and the territory of the enemy.
Who are the Enemies of God? Those without faith in Jesus based on what is written in their hearts and Satan along with the other fallen angels:
Colossians 1:21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
Sin is the enemy of holiness. And sin is also rebellion and/or opposition to God. As loving as God is, as much grace as He makes available to us, as much salvation as is in the finished work of Christ on the cross, God is the king of the Kingdom which bears his name - and we are not.
For those of you that are fathers, you know that your desire is not to control your children, but for them to take responsibility for themselves, so that you can trust and enjoy them. We call this growing up. That is the very reason that God is the Father. He simply wants to enjoy us as sons and daughters. Like our earthly fathers, his love has many facets including: loving, teaching, discipline, fun times, hang out times, times of honor like birthdays and graduations, and the most painful, leaving us to ourselves so that we can learn a lesson, that for whatever reason, we have not been able to learn some other way.
He may let us throw a tantrum, amen?
Regardless of how your father treated you, God is a perfect Father and Jesus is the perfect Son; obedient unto death. I know it sounds harsh, but this life is not the end of our eternal life, it is the beginning. And God is not freaked out by death, because he is immune to it. He also has prepared a place for those of faith that is eternal.
God of course gets blamed for every plane crash, earthquake, and act of violence. Honestly, is it really his fault? The earth was handed over to the devil who stole it illegally in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says that it is Satan's job to rob, kill and destroy - and he is like a roaring lion seeking to devour us. God's intention, however; is to restore it legally using the laws of Israel. It is a long story, but as the devil duped Adam and Eve into sin, Jesus (the second Adam) came as a sacrifice (as prescribed by the Law of Moses) to take back earth legally.
Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the sting of death has been removed. And the loving Father that he is, He does not control us. He gave us a perfect law which anyone should recognize as impossible to live up to. Through the work of Jesus on the cross, we can be reconciled as though we have perfectly lived the law.
The enemies of God are the ones that do not receive Jesus. Even the devil knows who Jesus is, but he has rejected Him. As loving as God is, our Father's Kingdom will not wait forever to be made perfect. On the last day He will reconcile those that are sealed by the Holy Spirit forever.
The Bible says that every knee will bow to the Lord (Romans 14:11 and Isaiah 45:23), either here and now by choice, or there and later. Verses like this one show the truth of God - his holiness versus the sin of the world.
Nahum 1:2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies.
Sure, it sounds harsh, but he sent Jonah to preach to them and they received the word of the Lord from Jonah, and that generation was spared.
How childish is to expect God to be our spiritual bellhop, to only do what we want, and to never be held accountable for causing pain and hurting others? For parents, we all want to give our children good things, but let's face it, sometimes they push the limits of our patience.
What is entirely too bad is that people claim to be Christian and some are not, others have fallen away or only know about Jesus. They do not know Him. These are the religious folks that Jesus dealt with in his day and the church has plenty of them now. He dealt with an evil spirit right in the temple. He called the Pharisees who sought to kill him (Matthew 12:14), and taunted Him to do a miraculous sign (Matthew 16:1), whitewashed tombs. John the Baptist called them a brood of vipers.
The Pharisees were an impressive lot, well to do, ones that made big prayers and were well educated. Jesus had this to say about them:
Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
The enemies of God can look just like regular church folks, but there is something wrong when they become hypocrites, laden with man made rules and traditions which keep honest seekers from finding the real God.
Matthew 23:13 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.
How about you, are you on team Jesus? How do you know?