A couple of weeks ago, I got an email marked “urgent” from a dear friend. She had copied several of us on the message and was calling us to battle. My friend is fired up like a “Momma Bear!” She’s had enough!
She’s drawing a line in the sand and asking us to join her.
What’s all the commotion about?
The enemy is stealing the hearts and minds of our daughters! He’s sucked them into a sensual vortex where all moral restraint is met with a roll of the eyes. Our young women are being duped, they’re losing something very precious and they don’t even realize it. The enemy is robbing them of their purity. He’s stripping them of their dignity and He’s gobbling up their very souls.
A few of us have decided that we’re not going to sit by and let this happen without a fight.
We’re asking you to join us.
I’m praying for a host of women who will serve Christ fiercely as warriors in the battle:
[box]“The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host” (Psalm 68:11)[/box]
When I refer to “battle,” please don’t misunderstand my terminology. I’m not calling for us to take up arms against anyone. Our enemy is not flesh and blood. We’re not literally warring against people, but our battle is against the adversary of our souls; against spiritual forces of wickedness, against godless philosophies and destructive lies (2 Cor. 10:3–5; Eph. 6:10–20; Col. 2:8).
Are you alert to what is happening?
Are you aware that the enemy is stealing our daughters’ hearts?
I’ve never watched the Disney channel, but one of my precious friends (she’s twelve) told me that a lesbian couple was recently featured on one of her favorite sitcoms. If you’re not sure what the big deal is, or why we should be championing heterosexual marriage, please check out this post.
I’ve never been a fan of Miley Cyrus, but I am brokenhearted for her every time I read about a new incident in her destructive spiral. I didn’t see the Grammy’s, but I’m aware of what happened (Ed Stetzer has a good article here). I heard about the mass wedding that mocked the sacredness of marriage and I read about the reaction to Natalie Grant’s gracious exit.
I don’t listen to Katy Perry, but have watched her from afar as she’s walked away from her evangelical roots to promote same-sex hookups, drunkenness, and now an occult spirituality. It sounds as though her performance of “Dark Horse” was more than a little edgy (even for the Grammy crowd).
It’s not just the music industry that is pumping porn through its lyrics, it’s also the mainstream publishing industry. Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? The book series has sold over 70 million copies in its first year. It has opened the door (and a Pandora’s box) for a new genre of women’s books: Erotica.
According to the BBC “The recent boom in erotic fiction is cannibalizing the rest of the UK book market.” It is like a porn literature explosion. In an excellent post on this topic, my friend (yes, the same one that’s calling us to battle) said, “The series has done for women and erotica what the advent of the Internet did for men and porn.” (Dannah Gresh)
What has become increasingly obvious is that much of today’s objectification of women is being promoted by women! The glorification of sexual immorality and perversion is capturing the hearts and minds, yes even the souls, of our daughters. I don’t think women realize that the immorality they are embracing is a soul-killing cycle—they are caught in a death trap by the very thing they are allured by.
I think it’s long past time for us to go to our knees.
I think it’s long past time to lift up a battle cry!
I don’t plan to pick up rocks or weapons against anyone. No, our real enemy is not flesh and blood and that’s not how we oppose him. The real enemy is cunning, devious, and sometimes cloaked in an attractive disguise. But he’s no easy push over. He’s intent on devouring our next generation.
The roaring lion is plundering the women of this nation and I grieve for them. But it isn’t enough to grieve; it is time to go to battle.
How can you serve in this battle?
* Press into Christ and be attentive to the Spirit’s direction through being in a right relationship with God.
* Be a faithful student of the Word. Know God’s truth and be able to articulate it to others, as well as use it to counter lies from the enemy!
* Become a prayer warrior. Be faithful in intercession for those God clearly lays on your heart and those on the front lines of battle.
* Stand for truth in the culture—even when it is uncomfortable.
* Pour truth into everyone who will receive.
* Do battle in the armor God has provided—don’t attempt to serve without being adequately prepared.
* Serve as a fierce warrior—softened by God’s grace—knowing where you would be without His atoning work. Reach out to those in opposition to truth with a winsome and gracious heart.
* Organize local prayer groups that will specifically target the sexual climate of the nation as your prayer focus. Many women have set aside Saturday, March 1st as the day to intercede for the purity of the daughters of our nation. Will you join us?
My friends, Dannah Gresh and Julie Slattery have written the book: Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longing of a Woman’s Heart as a biblical response to the erotica craze. The book releases March 1st. I’ll be running a post giving you a review of the book soon. But you might not want to wait for that, you can check out the book here.
Dannah and Julie have initiated the call to battle. Will you join us?
Thankfully, the victory is not dependent on us. We are following the Captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10) who is our “King from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth” (Psalm 74:12).
As we battle for the men, women, and families of our nation, of this world, we look to Him for the victory!
[box]O give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is vain.
Through God we shall do valiantly,
And it is He who will tread down our adversaries (Psalm 60:11–12).[/box]