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Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 11:23:41 -0200
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

Home Invasions
  by Richard Mansel, managing editor

"Home invasion is the crime of entering a private and
occupied dwelling, with the intent of committing a
crime, often while threatening the resident of the
dwelling."/1 

This terrifying crime is escalating in many areas as
criminals become more brazen.

A person is at home, a place of safety and refuge.
Suddenly, someone forces their way in and threatens or
assaults them and steals their belongings. 

The innocent person must deal with the horrifying
consequences of the attack. They may have physical
injuries and material loss, but most of all, emotional
scars that last for the remainder of their lives.
Truly, they will never be the same. 

We do what we have to do to protect ourselves from
these attacks. We purchase large dogs, security
systems, guns or even move to safer areas. The wealthy
often live in fortresses so they can find a measure of
peace. 

We demand that politicians and police battle the
criminal element. However, their sheer numbers
overwhelm the police. Law enforcement officials have
their funds cut and yet must stop the exploding crime
rates. The vicious circle never ends.

The painful subject of home invasion, however, brings
an illustration to mind. While we make extensive
changes in order to secure our homes and apartments,
what are we doing to protect against the invasion of
our spiritual and moral homes? Do we even give it any
thought?

When we are the victim of a physical home invasion, we
want the perpetrators arrested and punished for their
crimes. Our carnal side may wish them terrible
physical harm.  

However, in a spiritual home invasion, we often invite
the thieves into our homes. We allow them free access
to our children to steal their innocence. They dine at
our tables and join in our conversations. We give them
control of our entertainment, allow them to go on
dates with our children and walk with our young people
at school.

Physical home invasions result in property damage,
theft, rape, physical assault as well as the
inevitable psychological and emotional wounds. Yet,
the spiritual home invasions we invite into our homes
do all of this and more. 

Physical invasions give our children insecurities,
nightmares and distrust of the world. Spiritual home
invasions bring our kids diseases, sexual and
physical, addictions, assaults and an endless list of
maladies. Most importantly, they most often bring lost
souls. And we are in part complicit in their spiritual
demise. 

The only security system that will fight against
spiritual home invasions is the presence of God. We
must stand strong against Satan with the spiritual
armor given to us by God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Will we arm our families today to protect against
these invasions of our homes? Souls depend on it!
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1/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_invasion

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