A Deadly Masquerade
October 26, 2009
“Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore,
it is not surprising if his servants also
disguise themselves as servants of righteousness…” – 2 Corinthians
It’s getting toward Halloween. Not my favorite holiday,
to be sure, given the nasty images that run rampant through the
season. But it brings up the question of disguises, and that is
important for us as Christians.
Consider this: not darling little children dressed up as ghosts
and goblins, but the arch-enemy of mankind – incredibly powerful
and utterly evil – dressed up as an angel of light. Pretending
to exude goodness and truth and wisdom to everyone around him.
And not just him, but an entire army with him, all looking purer
than Ivory soap’s 99.44%.
You know, I’d rather that the enemy always looked like the
bad guys in Lord of the Rings. You could always tell who to skewer … anyone
who was ugly and hideous!
We have it harder. The enemy doesn’t always look like the
enemy. The enemy often looks like a friend. For instance,
- A preacher
or author whose theology is mostly right … but
just a little bit wrong.
- A co-worker who offers such wonderful sympathy during
lunch breaks and after hours … and a bit of adulterous
sex thrown in for added comfort.
- A friend who says they want to build up your self-esteem … but
who actually feeds your ego and pride.
Unlike the wandering trick-or-treaters, Satan doesn’t unmask
himself on November 1st. He keeps this masquerade up 365 days a
year, and so do his servants – both demonic and human.
God will help you see through these deadly disguises, but you
have a part to play: Be aware (Ephesians 6:11-12), be alert (1
Peter 5:8), be prepared (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). It’s time
to unmask the enemy!
- When have you been deceived by Satan or one
of his servants appearing as an angel of light? What happened?
- What areas of life are you most vulnerable in? These
are likely the areas that Satan will attack you.
- What active steps can you take to
strengthen your most vulnerable points? Don’t be general: