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Ron Writes

War & Peace

Becoming a Christian is reason to celebrate (Lk. 15:7, 10, 32)! We have been redeemed. We were lost, but now we’re found. There’s an attitude of joy, hope and victory that permeates the Christian life.

For some the church is a party. It’s a time to have fun. The goal of a party is to keep everyone happy. If you miss a party, what happens? Nothing. No one cares if you don’t show up. There are no rules, no work – just have fun and take it easy.

Are there reasons to celebrate? Are there reasons to rejoice? YES! But the Christian life is not lived out on a playground. It is fought on the battlefield. Christianity is immersed in the language of war! “Put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6). “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh” (2 Cor. 10:4). “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12). “Suffer hardship with me as a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:3). A conflict rages. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan will never declare a truce.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood….” (Eph. 6). Our struggle is not against homosexuals, abortion doctors, abusers or Muslims. It is against a terrible, powerful, deceptive enemy of spiritual forces. War is a dirty, ugly business. This is not a boxing match where Satan is trying to knock us out. It’s not a wrestling match where Satan is trying to pin us. It is a war. Satan is out to massacre our minds, our hearts, and our children. He’s is out to annihilate us!

What does it mean to put on a breastplate, a helmet, a shield and a sword? It means we are in a battle. When a soldier is in the barracks or is at home, there’s no need to put on the armor. It’s meant for battle. We are in a fight.

War is serious business. We are under attack. Our only hope of survival is for God’s intervention. Thankfully, he has assured us of victory! It’s tempting to only focus on the victory celebration. It’s fun to stay at the mountain top. Worship should also remind us to stay strong while we’re in the arena. May we have the faith and strength to totally trust in Him.