Ephesians 6 Is Not a Call to Arms in the Culture War

 By Shane Vander Hart - Posted at Caffeinated Thoughts:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference. During his remarks, he said he would lead the charge to fight “the left’s schemes” and then alluded to Ephesians 6:10-18.

“It ain’t going to be easy. You got to be strong. You got to put on the full armor of God. You got to take a stand — take a stand against the left’s schemes. You got to stand your ground. You got to be firm. You will face flaming arrows, but take up the shield of faith and fight on,” DeSantis said.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Church in Ephesus, wrote:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,” (Ephesians 6:10-18, ESV).

While Christians should correct and rebuke leftist ideology where it contradicts scripture, Ephesians 6 is not a call to arms for the culture war. That is a fundamental misuse of this passage.