Slightly Obsessed #116: What Do You Battle?
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God.
-1 Peter 4:17
One flag comes down. Another goes up. And everyone has an opinion.
Battle lines are being drawn everywhere as the States formerly known as United become a nation polarized by competing ideologies.
Christians have, understandably, felt threatened by the increasingly hostile environment in which we live. The natural response is to fight back.
But I can’t help but wonder if we are fighting the wrong battle.
We’re up in arms against homosexuality, but we choose to look the other way when heterosexual Christian couples live together outside of marriage. We shake our heads at crime in the streets, yet we don’t know where our own children are. We decry abortion but sacrifice our own babies on the altar of our ambitions because we’re just too busy to care.
Do Christians really want to throw stones at unbelievers from a house of glass?
Yes, we must oppose sin and take a stand against evil. It’s important to fight for the faith. And what is faith?
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
The battlefield for Christianity lies at our feet, as we choose each day whether or not to believe what we can’t see; to follow a commander we’ve never met; to rout the principalities that threaten the sovereignty of God over our hearts.
It’s so much easier to take on the enemy without than it is to challenge the enemy within, isn’t it?
What do you battle today?
Whatever it is, Jesus Christ extends His grace to you. He has promised to vanquish your enemy, whether it is substance abuse, sexual impurity, pride, lies, discouragement, or anything else that assaults your soul. He has paid a high price for your victory. Let Him win it for you.
Open His letters and allow His Spirit to speak. He has promised to fight for us, and He has something to say.
The battle is not yours but God’s.
– 2 Chronicles 20:15