BEATING A DEMON
Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare
December 1994By Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal received his M.Litt. in Politics earlier this year from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently an Associate at McKinsey & Co. in Washington, D.C. He has been accepted at Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, and has the option of returning to Oxford for a D.Phil. in Politics. He will be deciding which path to pursue soon. A convert to Christianity, he was born and raised Hindu. Some of the names in this article, but none of the details, have been altered by the author.
Though she had not said anything, I knew something was wrong. Susan and I had developed an intimate friendship; indeed, our relationship mystified observers, who insisted on finding a romantic component where none existed. I called her after the University Christian Fellowship (UCF) meeting -- UCF is an Inter-Varsity Christian group composed of undergraduate and graduate students. Though the interdenominational group's weekly program of songs and prayers had produced the usual emotional high among most members, Susan had left the meeting in a very sullen mood. I asked her to join a group of us who were attending a Christian a cappella concert to be held on campus that same evening.
Despite our intimacy, Susan and I had not spent much time together this past year. We had succumbed to pressure from our friends and decided we should not be so emotionally interdependent without a deeper commitment. To be honest, my fears of a relationship and the constraints of commitment had kept us apart; our friends' objections merely provided a convenient excuse. Still, I felt comfortable asking her to come to the concert, and she accepted the invitation. Though Susan appeared composed throughout the concert, her sudden departure in the middle of a song convinced me otherwise and affirmed my earlier suspicions.
There was no doubt in my mind that I had to leave my friends and follow her outside. I was not exactly sure what I would do or say, but I knew I had to run after her. I found that she had not gone far, but was sobbing uncontrollably outside the auditorium. Since we had been very careful to avoid any form of physical contact in our friendship, I was not sure how to respond. My inaction and her sobs produced a very awkward situation. Fortunately, a female friend who followed us out was able to comfort Susan with hugs and soothing words of reassurance; her quick action was in stark contrast to my paralysis. Once Susan had regained her composure and fell silent, I knew I had to intervene. The female friend meant well, but did not know Susan well enough to provide the advice Susan was sure to seek.
Not even knowing the cause of this raucous scene, I asked Susan if she would like to talk, and volunteered to walk her home. Wanting to avoid any additional embarrassing scenes, I thought it best to remain in silence while we walked. I dared not cause another emotional outpouring until we were safely behind closed doors. When we finally reached her dorm room, I promptly sat Susan on a bed and placed myself in a chair located several feet across the room. This physical arrangement was hardly conducive to the love and support I was supposed to be providing, but I was too scared and unsure of myself to get any closer.
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|Mr. jindal is a good man (hopefully the next governor of Louisiana !)and I believe him wholeheartedly. We do not strive against flesh & blood...
||Posted by: JamesA
May 12, 2007 07:28 AM EDT
|I appreciate Mr Jindal sharing this story and want to confirm the truth of this phenomena.
I am now a Catholic, but as an evangelical charismatic witnessed this situation three times, different years, different states, in small groups. These were college educated groups, with several PhDs and two groups had at least two medical doctors in attendence. Because of the devout belief in the groups there was no surprise, but definite concern!
Reading the Church Fathers, Doctors, and Saints, it is beautiful to see the counsel of the whole Church in these matters.
Also, the prayer to St Michael the Archangel is appliicable. The evil one still seeks to ruin souls today as in the past.
|Posted by: jt4logos
October 19, 2007 07:14 PM EDT
|I thank you Mr. Jindal for your brave and truthful recounting of this experience. I have had explicit experiences in the work place with persons who were in league with Satan. You cannot believe what is happening at first. I worked in this place from March 22 until May 10, 1994. The person I worked for was a physician working with adults and children. He and his staff of nurses and social workers were cooperating with evil. It took me several weeks to be awakened to what was going on. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist saved my life. They had uncanny knowledge of my sin history and my fears. God's grace helped me through. This stuff is real and more and more people are having explicit experiences. My young adult years were full of sin. I was firmly in the grip of sin and its overseer. God's grace pulled me out. Everything in the catechism, scripture, and the lives of the saints about warfare with satan is true and accurate. Daily communion and Marian devotion, frequent confession are key to victory. Stop exposing ourselves to the occult, blaphemous, and pornographic culture. God's grace helps us discern.
Glory to to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
|Posted by: tkennane
July 25, 2008 03:57 PM EDT
|Welcome to the real world war people. As a career special operations Marine the good Lord has blessed me to become His professional warrior in the physical in order to learn the lesson of king David and not lose the battle in the spiritual. To the sheep the only difference between a wolf and a the sheep dog is one is trying to eat him and the other isn't....yet. On this veterans day don't just thank the physical warriors but most especially the spiritual ones.
||Posted by: VVSVC
November 11, 2008 08:36 AM EST
you are all completely insane.
|Posted by: Kb
December 05, 2012 04:32 AM EST
|Wow. Just ... wow. Is this the 11th century or the 21st?
||Posted by: Bob
March 11, 2013 03:25 PM EDT
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