So I'm realizing that Erik and I have pretty awesome conversations in the car. I'm going to capitalize on this and proceed to post "Car Conversations" from time to time. (Now watch, we never talk about anything of any interest ever again.)
Last night, we arrived at band practice early. It was slightly sunny (for the first time in weeks) so we decided to sit in the car and chat, instead of going inside. Not surprisingly, our conversation turned towards the youth group, as it often does.
Picture us, Erik and me, sitting in a car, my seat is laid back, his window is slightly open. We are laughing, chatting, relaxing ... from the outside, you'd never guess what we're talking about: Demons.
(The last series we did with the youth group was on spiritual warfare; it was actually a requested topic! And so, having recently studied it, the spiritual war we are in has been on my mind lately.)
You might see me tap my right index finger on my window and ask Erik a question. The question was this, "So, is a demon sitting right out here?"
Some other questions posed:
Can demons come into our home? or it is protected because, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,"?
If it's protected, can demons come into our home when we invite someone in who is not a Christian? And if so, can those demons then attack us? Or are we still "safe"?
Can demons hear us talking?
How big is our "bubble"? You know--like a personal bubble. The personal bubble protection of Christ that the demons can't enter around me.
Are there angels in our home all the time?
Is there an angel assigned to each person?
When we have youth group ... is the Warehouse a "safe zone"? We painted the picture like this:
There's an angel posted at the door of the Warehouse, and as kids come in, the demons are "checked" at the door. Students who are Christ-followers don't have demons around them, but the students who come who are checking out the claims of Christ, well, they might. And if they do, when they enter the Warehouse, we like to think that the demons have to stay outside. Creepy right? Imagine how pissed off they'd be, having to stand outside and peer in the window. Knowing that those kids that they've worked so hard to twist and distort are in there, with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, hearing the life giving, live saving words of Christ.
You might call us crazy. You might disagree. But we, I, believe that there is a war going on out there. And if we don't take it seriously ... well, to be honest, I'm not sure what happens if we take it less seriously than we should. But no matter how we look at it, there's a world out there that we can't see. It's simple interesting--and very creepy--to ponder it once in a while.
That's Car Conversation: 2nd Edition.