What do you say to the witchdoctor? What do you say to the sorcerer? How about the warlock? How about the wizard? Forgot one. How about the witch?
When you ponder questions like that you either say “nonsense” that isn’t real” or maybe you are afraid of the prospect. Your response says a lot about what you believe. Regardless of what you think you believe, there is an enemy. God told us that our battle is against those forces that are not of the flesh but of the Spirit.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (ESVST)
Assuming those I described above are legitimate representatives of the enemy, what do you say to them? There is one thing you can say that will get their attention. JESUS! Apart from that you are just blowing hot air. Your words are pointless positions in a debate where the stage is the Kingdom of earth. You may point to the Kingdom of Heaven but the Boxlandian in all of us will not recognize an envoy of another kingdom without power. Words are presentations of facts no matter how eloquently divulged. The laboratory of proof is a realm that does not recognize evidence outside the rules of Boxlandia. So the proof must be in a demonstration of power from the other realm.
It is the same story. You hear it in the science fiction books and fantasy stories of your childhood. Our ancient roots found in Freetosia still cry out from distant memories of another kingdom. The writers and conveyors of the stories are likely envoys from our distant Freetosia. So we resonate with the thought of proof as demonstrated in power. The super hero always finds himself put in a position where only power will change the situation. This is the backdrop for our debates whether we admit it or not.
So the gospel is the power of God that brings salvation.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (ESVST)
The Gospel is powerful. The Gospel is supernatural. The Gospel is Jesus. So what do you say to the shaman? “Help me Jesus.” Then what do you say? Does it matter? What is needed now is the power of the gospel. This battle raging needs Jesus. It doesn’t need your data or facts or persuasion. Those are the devils tactics. Words of manipulation. No, now it is time for Jesus. Do you have the faith for him to show up?
That is the real question isn’t it? Do we have faith? Once we get past our identity crisis and believe in who we are and what Jesus has done we can step onto this truth that says “Jesus I going to show up.” This battle the enemy is waging has everything to do with casting doubt and turning us against God. He does that by convincing us God is against us. We hide in the bushes and pray for the next life. Meanwhile the devil is saying “is your God alive? Is He powerful?” This is the challenge that has been presented all along. Goliath did it with Israel. Gideon did it with the angel of the Lord. We have no more excuses. There are no more reasons to believe any of those “powerless God” lies of the devil. Look to the cross. Receive the Holy Spirit. Believe what God has said. Step right up to that witch and declare “Jesus is King! How does your god stack up?” And wait in faith on Jesus. He won’t let you down.
But wait there is more. It doesn’t have to be a devil-worshiping witch. Check out the root meaning of some of these:
witch doctor – magical healer or shaman or spiritist
sorcerer – magician or one of oracular response
warlock – a purveyor of promise truth and lies
wizard – wise one
witch – magician/wizard drawing upon natural powers
It can be a money-worshiping businessman or a child-worshiping soccer mom or a sports-worshiping couch potatoes or a church-worshiping pastor. There are lots of “devils” out there. Still it is the same challenge. Do we believe that the power of God saves?
Do we believe the presence of Jesus changes lives? Do we trust the Holy Ghost to do His job?
Rom 8:15-For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “ Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (ESVST)
God loves it when we have faith in Him. It says it pleases Him.
Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (ESVST)
It also says He rewards those who are seeking Him at all cost. I want that reward. I want to see Jesus touch lives by His presence. I want to see people encounter Jesus personally. I want to see them healed, delivered and set free. I want to see them saved. I don’t want them to agree with my persuasive argument. I want them to meet Jesus.
Guess what? We get to do that! Are you pumped now? Bring on the witches, the atheist and the cashier. They are all the same. They just want to meet God and get out from behind the bushes.