I am on day five of my trip to teach in Ethiopia and I am reminded again that:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
I am reminded of the spiritual darkness that presides here in Ethiopia. I am sure it exists as much in North America, but it is much easier to see here. The people address it and know that it exists, they have just simply learned to deal with it and live alongside it.
I have had a chance to make some great connections for our desired partnership in Ethiopia, I have gained much knowledge, much insight, but I have also learned the difficulty in seeing the corruption that is prevalent in the “church” here. There is much talk and seeming signs of growth yet there is darkness in much of this, and one must be very careful to see the truth of what is behind much of the growth and energy. It is not always positive or Godly.
The good in these struggles for me is that it makes the grace of God through Jesus Christ that much more important. We must maintain a strong faith in the sanctifying work of the cross.
I pray for my true brothers and sisters in Christ here in Ethiopia and I pray that those leading the Church astray would be exposed by the light of the gospel.