I am continually reminded that we as Christians are at war.
As a father, I need to raise an army for Christ, not just children. What kind of leader would I be if I threw my soldiers into battle with no protection and no weapons? What kind of father would I be if I wasn’t preparing my children for the assault they will face (seen and unseen)?
Over-reacting? Jesus Freak? I don’t think so …
I either believe in the Word, or I don’t (and me picking and choosing which passages to follow and which ones not to is included in don’t). Yes, there is the issue of interpretation, but all together throwing things out that we don’t like is not an option (Deu 4:2, Deu 12:32, Pro 30:6, Ecc 3:14, Rev 22:18-19). Besides, if we call ourselves followers of Christ, there are some non-negotiable Truths, as thus, since I do believe and trust in the Word of God, that means to me there is a very real heaven, a very real hell, and a spiritual and physical war out there. Where is the overreaction in not wanting to see my daughter or son in hell?
Am I running around in a panic because I’m worried about my children’s eternity? No, not at all, in fact I’m at peace about my journey and what I’m teaching them; but that doesn’t mean I stop, that’s my point. I need to continue to show (in my life, not just words) that Christ is the foundation of all my joy, peace, and satisfaction; and not to feel loved for what God does for me, but feeling loved by knowing what I can do for Him (thanks John Piper for the beautiful reminder and illustration).
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17 ESV)
Raising an army,