I’m listening to Larry King’s CNN talkshow at the moment. The topic? Angels. We have guests Max Lucado, author of a book ‘Next Door Savior’, Father Michael Manning, Syvlia Browne, who is an authority on angels, and Mattie Stepanek, a young boy who is ‘battling incurable illness’. I felt some speakers, namely the author and churchman, were forced into giving opinions on a subject that is still very much an uncertainty, and I empathise with how they on one hand want to give hope to people, yet ensure that what they believe in is the truth.
Anyway, lots of people have been calling in to ask questions. Now, it’s all very nice and well for people to share their experiences on how angels have appeared and saved people and their loved ones from illness and danger. I think that is something worth rejoicing about. I believe in angels and the good things they can do. Angels appear in some important parts of the Bible.
But let us not forget who sent those angels. They are messengers of God. Some angels may have great powers vested in them. But it is not they whom we should worship. The story doesn’t end just by seeing angels.
There are angels in churches. If you look at Revelations, there were angels in every church, some of whom pleased God, and others who did not. In the Bible, Daniel (10:13) mentions how an angel who was sent in answer to his prayer was delayed because he was held back by a dark ‘prince’, and only with reinforcements from Michael, one of the ‘chief princes’ (on the good side) could he complete his mission.
Angels are not completely infallible. Satan himself is a fallen angel, and he has his own angels, who will be in the end of days, cast out (Rev 12:9):
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
So let’s get this all in perspective. The presence of angels should remind us that the Lord cares enough for us to save us. (Why not everyone gets saved by angels is an issue far beyond my authority and comprehension to speak about.)
Let’s not forget about the Holy Spirit either, whom we should turn to in the physical absence of Jesus (until He comes again). Why don’t they have a talk show on the Holy Spirit too? I know people who are full of the Holy Spirit, even of a woman who was lame, and then got up and walked, after she was prayed over. Maybe because we as human beings still turn to things that can be seen, rather than things that are unseen.