As to these verses, John Piper gives us an observation about our culture that we must consider. “One of the great obstacles to victory is when people are swept up into social, political, and militaristic conflicts that draw away their attention, time, energy, and creativity from the real battle of the universe…the salvation of the lost and the perseverance of the saints.”
The obstacles he refers to are only temporary. The saving of the lost has eternal consequences! Which are you occupied with and putting your time and energy into?
Piper, John, Let the Nations be Glad, Baker Academic, 2003, page 50.