Stand Back & Watch the Fires Burn

Life is full of battles and struggles. How should one deal with such obstacles? The Spiritual Art of War discusses different strategies and principles that help Christians in gaining victory in life.

One of the principles is “stand back and watch the fires burn”. The strategy: Allow discord in your adversary’s camp to reduce that adversary from within. Why: a discord in your adversary’s camp may deliver a result that benefits you without you even having to participate. You are essentially sitting back and letting your adversary destroy himself.

There is something about this that may, to you, seem counterintuitive, because it’s already been advised that you attack your adversary at his weakest; wouldn’t it make sense to attack your adversary when there’s a (literal or figurative) fire in his camp?

Here’s the thing: a fire in your enemy’s camp is a crisis, not always a weakness or point of vulnerability. A crisis is anything that threatens to tear your enemy apart from within. This could be a crisis in the leadership, or with market share, or anything—but if it involves any kind of conflict within the leadership, or a conflict of interest over how to handle the crisis, your attack could enable warring factions to set aside their differences, be reconciled to each other and band forces to fight you. So if you attack at the wrong time, you might actually resolve the crisis for your adversary. Sun Tzu has this advice for attacking with fire: “When fire breaks out inside an enemy’s camp, respond at once with an attack from outside”

Do you want to learn more about the strategies of winning in life? Read Bishop E. Bernard Jordan’s Spiritual Art of War book and start eliminating your adversaries. It’s about time that you succeed and carry God’s name in victory. Click here to learn more about the Spiritual Art of War.