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War time

It's funny what people aren't ready to take seriously.

Today at staff meeting, Don asked about why the times on the church calendar were listed in military time. My explanation began jovially, as with a comrade, but I turned serious when I told the truth: I maintain military time on my computer as a reminder that we Christians are at war. The staff continued to joke and laugh about it, and I remembered that I am different. It is something of a hard thing, something of a risk to share that truth. They were not ready to hear it.

In my mind, I ask what it will take for others to face the reality of this war. But I know the answer to that question is likely the same as with any other war– it will take loss. How much more?

As leaders, we have an obligation, a duty to understand the truth and not to deny it for the sake of comfort. There are judgements reserved for leaders who declare peace and tranquility in the face of war and destruction. I want no part of this. My conscience alone will not bear it.

It's not their fault, mind you, at least not entirely. We have each been lulled to sleep in our own ways, myself no less. Yet I'm growing to believe that, however crazy and simply uncategorizable some of my personal experiences have been, He has formed me into something for the good of the body, a herald and a harbinger. To be faithful, I must bring myself to bear on others, encourage and challenge them out of their slumber. I want them to do the same for me. I want Him to do the same for all of us.

Make no mistake: victory is secure.

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People are often not ready to hear the serious things, partly because of our "western christianity" which has never had to believe that we are at war- because we are, in the main, fairly ineffectual, we have had very little battle to do- who wants to attack a church that does little or nothing to advance the gospel. It is the persecuted church that grows and for that reason I pray for the day that we are persecuted. Because maybe then we will get off our backsides and actually do something. May we stop sleeping and start living, fighting, praying, learning his word and using it as our armour. May we get to know him and realise that we have no choice in this matter- in him, and him only are we saved. Not in our comfortable churches and homes, not in our christian communities, or even listening to christian music. We are saved because a man, Jesus Christ, God in human form, was executed for a crime he did not commit... lots of them actually. He said that we must take up our cross and follow him. When will we learn to do so?

Your entries here are inspirational, and your words at the staff meeting will have sown seeds... somebody will be mulling over those words and maybe will take heed. Victory is indeed secure, it was won at Calvary.
Thank you for your encouragement; it makes a difference.
did i ever ask if you have read The Fountainhead?
You haven't asked and I haven't read it.
I remembered that I am different. It is something of a hard thing, something of a risk to share that truth. They were not ready to hear it.

You remind me a lot of it sometimes. The idea is that most people don't live up to their potential and that they don't like facing people who do. They aren't ready to hear the truth that those people are living.

PS - Is this also the reasoning behind the war flag icon, etc.?
In a way, yes, very much so. Good eye– you're the first to mention that.

Good for you!

Just tell them to read Ephesians 6:12 where Paul tells us of the war we fight.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places".
And also throw 1 Peter 5:8 at them where Peter writes "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." If this isn't a call to a spiritual battle then I don't know what is. "Therefore take up the who armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand...having girded our waist in truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace." Ephesians 6:13-15

So good for you for being one of the few to actually recognize that we are on the battlefield everyday. Not a physical battlefield, but a spiritual one; which ends up being more important in the end, right? Right!
As a person who regularly and often suffers from spiritual attack, I can vouch for the truth of constantly being at war.

If you're not under attack, what are you doing wrong? Sounds like the Enemy has you well in hand.
So often, the function of the western church is to anesthesize believers ... good to know that you are still standing apart ... don't fall asleep, don't go numb. As you said, victory is sure!!