On our previous post, Anonymous commented:
Let us not forget that Screwtape's goal not the corruption of "society", it is securing individual souls. Insofar as whatever political or social conditions on earth aid this end they are good, but they are in every place secondary. It is the salvation of individuals on which the battle is fought, not "societies".
God cares not for the state of the world, it will be whatever state he wishes in the end. He cares how men act. Job was not asked to make heaven on earth. He was not asked anything but to show faith in the face of a miserable earth.
What I suspect that the commenter is forgetting is that just as the Body of Christ and the Communion of the Saints is an army, so too is what I'll call the 'Army of Darkness'...you are free to use Powers and Principalities if you prefer a more KJV feel.
Just as armies have elements that specialize in retail level destruction, so too does the Army of Darkness. Screwtape, for instance, advises one of his minions who is precisely just such a retail-level agent of corruption. But armies also have artillery sections, specializing in wholesale destruction, and they also have logistical and intelligence sections, which, IMO are the most dangerous of them all. Screwtape is basically a fairly ranking officer in Infernal Logistics.
The culture is basically the logistical arena of the battle for individual souls. This is why it is so important to at least contest it vigorously. Just as you'd not like to be an army fighting while constantly beaten down by artillery fire enabled by your enemy's logistical supremacy, so too is it much harder for Christians to keep the faith under such adverse conditions. Sure, there are some that do regardless, but let's be real. The mass pornification of our culture has made it a LOT harder to walk the Christian walk. Satan most assuredly cares about the culture and the society, because that is the strategic and logistical environment wherein he will secure the individual souls that he is ultimately after. Because he is our Adversary, we should care as well.
Because encouragement is a main focus here at the Chariot, I'll close with this. Satan's strength in the US is immense on the tactical and strategic level, but he is very vulnerable in logistics. Cutting his line of supply is doable, indeed many of his organs of corruption are both not profitable and vulnerable to disruption, technological and otherwise. Many of them lack even the support of his fire and maneuver elements, who could probably be manipulated into opening fire on their own logistical troops in the glorious manner of 'Mordor Friendliness'.
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