Time to speak out on demons
Do you believe in demons? Lots of Christians don't.
Talk of demons and exorcisms just sets off the 'weird' alert. If you wanted to explain the Christian faith today how many people are going to turn to Jesus exorcising demons. When talk of exorcisms do hit the news its usually a scandal - remember the Mercy Ministries front page of the Herald: 'these girls needed help - instead they got exorcisms!' So culturally there's a lot of pressure to hush any talk of demons or evil powers.
There is also a bit of a backlash against weird Christian groups that see demons everywhere. The super spiritual commando warfare theology of Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness is the classic of this genre.
All of which adds up to silence from the Sunday pulpit and the Monday water cooler on demons. Turn to the gospels though and you keep seeing Jesus showing his authority over demons. Turn to Ephesians 6 and you get this challenge:
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
So I think we need to repent of our silence on spiritual warfare. We are involved in a war. We musn't be like the Hawaiians waving friendly waves to the Japanese air force headed to Pearl Harbour. Its time to take a stand.
If you don't believe in demons and evil powers you really can't understand who Jesus is or the significance of his cross