When police officers arrive at a chaotic scene, they need to identify victims, witnesses, and suspects. They need to discern who perpetrated evil as they seek to restore order and proceed with the investigation.

On a personal level, who is your enemy?

It’s a simple question. One I would ask you to take a moment to stop and consider. Who is your enemy?

Before I go any further, I think it’s important to understand who our enemy is not.

Our enemy isn’t someone in a famous house that’s white. Our enemy isn’t someone in the running to take the next residence in said house. Our enemy isn’t a media that doesn’t stop short of smearing any good name or fortune, all at the sake of ratings. Our enemy isn’t hate groups who are determined to make a point, no matter how hypocritical the arguments may seem. Our enemy isn’t the management positions above us. Nor the co-workers around us. Although, some might argue that’s a possibility. Our enemy isn’t the people we see day in and day out. It’s not your kid, or kids, no matter the fits and tantrums, attitudes, and wayward behaviors. And, despite what you may think, our enemy isn’t our spouse! Or your in-laws! (Not to brag, but I have the best!)

The bible says:

“For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age” (Ephesians 6:12 GNT).

We have a real enemy out there. His name is Satan. The devil. He is the author of division and evil. It’s him and his forces who are the true enemy. And while he would stop at nothing to jump on the shoulder and try to influence any of these I’ve mentioned above, we have to call him out for the liar he is, and fight back to defeat him at his own game.

Not everyone is good, and I’m not trying to insinuate that point. But we can’t live any longer as if each other are the enemy. The only way we are going to defeat him and his tactics is through love and uniting in truth. As Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

It’s time we start defeating our real enemy. Together. United as one. United as a group of people who are determined to make a difference in this world! I know I’m ready. Will you join me? We can fall to our knees, pray for each other, our leaders, and this country! We can determine to lock arms, love one another, and fight towards the betterment of this world. And united together, we can determine to make a difference for those around us. Through the light of love and truth. Through the light and love of Jesus.

“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good” (Romans 12:17-21 NLT).