Spiritual Wickedness In High Places

Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of this dark world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." John 8:44-45 "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his owe: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not."

 It`s significant to note that the "spiritual wickedness" Apostle refers to in the above passage actually refers to dark forces; spiritual beings. Keep in mind that their assignment is to make us live below God`s expectations.   Therefore let`s consider spiritual wickedness and how their leader, the father of lies has historically operated in and through the highest office in the land. Howard Zinn`s book A Power Government cannot suppress records the following taken from chapter 25 entitled "Governments Lie." I am not speaking of the history we learned in the public school system. a history subservient to our political leaders, from the much-admired Founding Fathers to the presidents of recent years. I mean a history that is honest about the past. If we don`t know that history then any president can stand up to the battery of microphones and declare that we must go to war, and we will have no basis for challenging him. He-or-she- will say that the nation is in danger, that democracy and liberty are at stake, and that we must therefore send ships and planes to destroy our new enemies, and we will have no reason to disbelieve that president. 

But if we know some history, if we know how many times presidents have made similar declarations to the country, and how they turned out to be lies, we would not be fooled although some of us may pride ourselves that we were never fooled, we still might accept as our civic duty the responsibility to buttress our fellow citizens against the mendacity of our high officials. We would remind whoever we can that President Polk lied to the nation about the reason for going to war with Mexico in 1846. It wasn`t that Mexico "shed American blood upon the American soil" but that Polk, and the slave-owning aristocracy coveted half of Mexico. We would point out that President McKinley lied in 1898 about the reason for invading Cuba, saying we wanted to liberate the Cubans from Spanish control, but the truth is that the United States wanted Spain out of Cuba so that the Island could be open to United Fruit and American corporations. He also lied about the reasons for our war in the Philippines, claiming we only wanted to "civilize" the Filipinos, while the real reason was to own a valuable piece of real estate in the far Pacific, even if we had to kill hundreds of thousands of Filipinos in order to accomplish that.

President Woodrow Wilson lied about the reasons for entering the first World War, saying it was a war to "Make the world safe for democracy" when it was really a war to make the world safe for the Western imperial powers. Harry Truman lied to the nation and the world when he described Hiroshima-which he had just devastated with an atomic bomb-as "an important Japanese army base." More than 100,00 civilians-men, women, and children-died in what was a city of 359,000. Truman also lied to the nation about our war in Korea, saying we were fighting for democracy (hardly, since South Korea was a military dictatorship). More than 50,000 Americans and perhaps 2 million Koreans died as a result. Dwight D. Eisenhower lied about the U.S. spy flights over the Soviet Union, even after one flier on such a mission was shot down. He deceived the nation and the world about U.S. involvement in the coup that overthrew a democratic government in Guatemala. That coup brought on a succession of military juntas that took tens of thousands of lives. Eisenhower deceived the nation about U.S. role in subverting a government in Iran because it was offending multinational oil corporations. Everyone lied about Vietnam, Kennedy said the United States were not involved in the overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem. Kennedy also repeatedly claimed that American fliers were not involved in the bombing of Vietnam, even though he sent two helicopter companies there as early as 1962, with the U.S. military dropping napalm shortly thereafter. Johnson and Nixon both lied when they claimed only military targets were bombed (reporters knew the greatest number of deaths was among civilians.) And Nixon deceived the nation about the secret bombing of Cambodia.

Reagan lied to the nation about his covert and illegal support of the Contras in Nicaragua. He lied about the importance of Granada in order to justify the 1983 invasion of that little island. George Bush lied about the reason for invading Panama in 1989, saying it was to stop the drug trade. In fact, the United States has allowed the drug trade to flourish, Bush   also deceived the nation about his real interest in the Persian Gulf. He pretended to be anguished about the fate of Kuwait while he was actually more concerned about enhancing American power in Saudi Arabia and controlling the region`s oil deposits.

Again I say:  Their assignment is to make us live below God`s expectations. Keeping in mind spiritual wickedness in high places, the Father of Lies, and the Spirit of Deception, lets consider recent events.  These evil spirits must be challenged,