Saturday, 18 October 2014

Envy and Strife Drive Wars

We as as society often talk about wars as political, cultural, economic or social, but very rarely does anyone ever think about the spirit behind it. The wars in the world are wide and varied, but all have the same spirit behind it. It is the spirit of mammon. A war may certainly have the spirit of harlotry or jezebel behind it, but all of them have the spirit of mammon behind it.

There are 5 common characteristics of all wars: (1) dissatisfaction with current status quo, (2) conflict between groups of different ideas, beliefs, values or perceptions, (3) challenge to status quo, (4) destruction of the framework of the status quo and (5) support for the new change.

Wars, which are sometimes called liberations, depending on how one perceives the previous status quo, always involves a dissatisfaction with the current attitude towards an act, circumstances, human relations or certain groups. While certain attitudes may be immoral, rendering one justified in feeling the need to fight it, war always has a spirit of strife. 'Strife' comes from the Greek word 'eris' meaning readiness to quarrel or affection for dispute. War, no matter, how well intended, has an affection for dispute with the opponents. 

James 3:14-16 says: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
War is also of the spirit of envy. There may be circumstances where one is unjustly treated, however, seeking to fight back indicates a spirit of strife where there can be no peace because peace and strife are diametrically opposed to each other. True peace comes from God. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). 
Strife is of the flesh, whereas true peace is not. Therefore, strife and peace are diametrically opposed to each other. 1 Peter 3:11 also says: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. Peace cannot exist where there is evil because evil abides where there is envying and strife. 
The root of envying and strife is pride. The spirit that works through our pride is mammon, and causes people to be anxious for their needs, and envious for what others have and one does not have. This leads one to fight for what one wants, waging war against others.  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not (James 4:2). 
The Bible literally tells us that people fight and war because they cannot obtain, but lust, covet and do not trust God to provide what they need. Indeed, of trusting God, they trust what they can see because what they can see seduces their lust of the eyes and flesh. Once their lust of the eyes and flesh is perceived to be satisfied and fulfilled, they become proud, self-satisfied and arrogant.