Information warfare: The spiritual side
In this post, we’ll take a look at some ways we can fight the information war on a spiritual level. In an earlier post, we discussed how to fight this war on a human level. And in a previous post, we examined the information warfare committed by both sides.
Why the information war has a spiritual aspect.
As we battle in this information war, we are not just pitting information against information. It is not just a rational war of words; rather, we are also battling against vitriol, lies, and other soul-sucking weapons. Do you not often feel defeated, weary, mind-numb? Were this solely an intellectual exercise, you likely would not also feel depressed. There is a psychological dimension and, I would argue, a spiritual one as well. The way in which many people engage in this information war – tearing one another down, viciously attacking character, spewing hate – begs the question that there is more a foot here than merely an intellectual exercise.
So what is going on here? Can people behave badly, even malevolently? Yes, they certainly can. But might there also be something beyond the human capacity to do bad things, especially when you consider that humans can and do destroy other humans, by destroying them psychologically, reputationally, physically. Evil exists. It is everything contrary to what is good and what is ultimate good is God.
What (or who) is that evil?
As a Christian, I believe that all evil has its start in Satan, an angel that opposed God, sought to be like God, and who is now fallen. Satan, whose name means “deceiver” has been a liar from the start. He is called the “father of lies.” (John 8:44).
Even the lies swirling around us in this information war have an origin beyond man’s intellect. If this information war is not solely an intellectual one, then you cannot fight it solely with intellectual, human weapons either. You need to add spiritual weapons. Here are some of those weapons:
#1: Give ourselves over to God.
We’re told to submit ourselves to God. And when we do, we then resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
#2: Guard your minds with true and beautiful things.
Specifically, we’re told:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)
Prayer is another spiritual weapon. For we Christians, it’s not just “talking to God” or “Listening to God”, or putting ourselves in a spiritual state. It’s the right and privilege won for us on the cross and through the empty tomb by Jesus. As Jesus is the “Way, the Truth, and the Life”, no one can come to God the Father except through Him. (John 14:6). We have direct access to God who is here to help.
#4: Ask God for protection.
God is able and willing to provide help and protection. In the Psalms we read: “God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, Easy-to-read version).
Whenever you feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed in this information war, remember that this is also a spiritual battle. And, as such, requires spiritual weapons.
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