Daniel 5 records the fall of the ancient city-empire of Babylon. It’s significant to note that it took place in the middle of a party. By comparing the Biblical and historical records we add some instructive detail. Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, reported that the Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon by diverting the flow of the Euphrates which flowed under the city walls and through the city. By channeling the river into a nearby swamp, his troops marched under the walls on the now-dry riverbed. They still would have been turned back at the city gates of the inner wall – except that they were unlocked and there was not a guard, because they were having a party, celebrating their invincibility!
Similarly, God’s people are in the middle of a spiritual war, but some are too busy partying to notice! There are numerous commands in Scripture for us to be alert and ever vigilant because we have an enemy stalking us. Yet many religious Americans live as if this world were a playroom rather than a battle field.
Sadly, some church-goers are not “active soldiers.” Many church-people live identical lifestyles to their neighbors who are captive to Satan. They are like soldiers sitting in the middle of a battlefield playing cards and drinking themselves to sleep as bombs explode around them and lives are ripped apart. They are eye witnesses to the destruction and devastation of lives, yet they continue to live for momentary pleasure, pretending that it is not their fight – as long as it doesn’t affect their party. Many religious revelers are totally shocked and unprepared when the enemy moves into their neighborhood, their family, their lives!
We should each ask ourselves: Am I so “entangled in the affairs of everyday life” that I’m failing to engage the enemy? Do I know where the enemy is going to attack me, my family, my community? Am I familiar with the enemy’s tactics? Do I know the strategy of my Lord and commander? Am I living to please my Lord or myself?
I exhort you, as a fellow soldier of Christ: Make the affairs of everyday life a mission field by by avoiding the mine-field of enslaving entanglements. Remember our life-mission – “please the one who enlisted” us!
Let’s rally the troops to listen to our Lord and Commander’s instruction:
“Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4