But what did Jude mean by exhorting readers “to contend for the faith”? It certainly was not a call to use physical force or violence. Jude was referring to a spiritual battle, one requiring spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Jude exhorted followers of Christ to contend for the truth. As his letter explained, deceptive men were creeping into the church and perverting Christian doctrine with heresies that denied the truth.
It's no small wonder that many Americans are feeling discouraged and powerless. America is a democratic republic founded upon godly principles. Elected leaders are supposed to stand up for the folks who elected them. Sadly, it happens very little of the time. Instead, they somehow manage to accrue wealth far exceeding what their annual paychecks would seem to allow while doing precious little to help others.