Summary: Much like the battles Frodo and his companions fought, there is a war raging within each of us. It the battle for our soul where our Creator God fights our enemy, the Lord of the Dungheap.
Lord of the Dung Heap
The Battle Within
Video – show video of the spiritual warfare skit
Scene opens with a battle weary figure being lead in on a horse. Once he is helped down he says the following narrative in character with music overlay.
Play video clip of a battle scene from Lord of Rings (faded or filtered, a fogged effect so that it doesn’t steal away their attention) with music overlayed (Track 10, The Dream of the Island (reprise), by Jeff Johnson, off the CD "Similitudes", ©1990 Sola Scriptura Songs, Ark Records) and narrate in character. ALSO have the written words overlay onto the video as the narrations takes place (the audience will read along so to speak).
A Warrior Speaks (narration)
There is a war waging even now as we speak. It’s a terrible war of eternal proportions that some in ignorance can not see, many refuse to acknowledge, and even more simply chose to ignore. It is a war that leaves children as orphans, wives as widows, and men crippled with fear. It is a war that leaves hideous scars and at times even claims the most valiant of soldiers. It is a war of sacrifice, a war of suffering.
This is not a war over absolute power over the world, but for dominion of the afterlife. It’s not a war over land disputes or material gain, but for the souls of men. It’s not a war against the Taliban or extreme Muslim radicals, but against the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness.
I have lost many a good friend to this war. Even worse, some of my family is still held captive by our enemies. But all is not lost. There is still time. Although the battle grows more intense, we know that the end drawing near. The enemy is losing ground. Victory is imminent.
That is why I am here tonight. Not to bring fear to your hearts because of this treacherous war, but to offer you hope of our coming victory. Battles may be going on around us, but the all conquering King is in us. We need not fear our enemy of darkness or his unholy legion. Yes his armies are many and his power real, but he is no match for our King. He may call himself a lion, an angle of light, or even Lord of the darkness - but to me he’ll always be - Beelzebub, Lord of the dung heap.
•If option 2 has been used, you can now ride in on the horse as the music fades, lights slowly come up, and smoke machine billows
I bring greeting from the Shire. The Hobbits, and especially Frodo bid thee well. As you know, Frodo is still in Hollywood filming the last of the Lord of Rings Trilogy, so unfortunately he couldn’t be here tonight. Lucky for you, he sent me in his stead. I am Owen, son of Jehovah, King of Heaven and Earth.
Of course you know that this whole Lord of the Rings stuff is fantasy and make-believe. However, the point that we’re trying to bring to the surface here tonight is very real. There is a spiritual battle taking place all around us, 24/7. You can plead ignorance or even ignore it, but the truth remains. You are right in the middle of this war.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (NIV)
Unseen War - Recognize your enemy
You may not be able to see it, but it’s real. The battle for your soul began even before you were conceived. John 10:10 tells us that our enemy has come to steal from your life, to kill and destroy you in everyway. This is not a fantasy story. It’s not make-believe. In fact, it’s taking place right here, right now. We need to acknowledge that and recognize our enemy.