Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
. Eph 6:11-17
We are all familiar with the term “Christian Soldier” and indeed familiar with the above statement. There is something that comes with this concept, its no secrete but seldom discussed, Jesus even told us about it…
Wen a soldier goes out into the battle field hes sure to get a few scars, maybe loose a leg, possibly his own life. There is also the concept of battle fatigue and PTSD…
I remember when I was a toddler I used to think my grandfather was the meanest and craziest man in the world. He had a way of coming on very hard and sometimes just said the weirdest things, registering no emotion whatsoever. He fought WW2 for both Germany and Japan later he found himself fighting Russia in the cold war until he was sent to Vietnam. Most of his life was in the military and he was a heavily decorated soldier well before I was even born. Though I was too young then to understand what kinds of things he’s been through- Im old enough now to at least imagine.
I look at some other veterans I know, and I often see so much of my grandfather in them. Some just served 2 years, others more, it doesn’t seem to matter how much time they’ve put in, they always come back with that certain quirk that’s expected from soldiers.
and then I’m reminded of the phrase “Christian Soldier”.
Some of us may not have served time in the military. Perhaps we will be lucky to never even see a real life bomb go off. But we’ve seen and been through other things. If your life is easy and somehow you remain mentally stable as a christian, take it as a sign that your not doing it right.
I was reading something someone posted on facebook:
“I was at the drive thru and the lady asked me ‘Welcome to McDonalds can I help you?’. I just felt like screaming ‘NO you cant!!! only Jesus can help me’!!! And only HE can only help you too!!!”
As silly as that post sounds, yeah I hear him. Hes been through some things, probably reading through some other things, he knows the urgency of salvation and so many are going to burn in hell needlessly. He understands perfectly the adversary is EVERYWHERE now more then ever before. More then ever, deception is so common place and rampant and the signs of the season is so clear he cant ignore them.
He’s feeling this ladies soul cry out through the intercom and feeling the Holy spirit inside reaching out to her. Knowing its perhaps not the best time to bring up the subject, but there needs to be a time sometime, even though now she definitely doesn’t want to hear it. She just wants to get his order, rush him along and send him on his way with a cheeseburger. Hes feeling the pressure, he doesnt want her to burn in hell, he doesnt want her to suffer after all she seems like a nice enough person selling happy meals.
Yet how can it be a “happy meal” knowing he left her to burn in the pits of hell and all she has to do is simply pray to Jesus for forgiveness?
Its not the cheeseburger that drove him crazy, its the whole screwed up situation!!
I cant answer for him as well as I can for myself, and perhaps some of you can relate. Have you noticed how intensely the world has become Christophobic?
Every single day lately I’ve come accross a news article in some way they manage to squeeze in how radical, nasty and hateful Christians are. If its not a blatant lie its something that has nothing to do with us.
Like this ‘Isis refugee Crisis’ thing. I found an article about it where it said something like this:
“Christian Zelots refuse to accept Christians also have terrorists and the Paris attack is entirely their own logic”.
First of all, why does it even have to worded it like this? Why is this line even in the article? and why do people even trust a media source that’s blatantly this biased and clearly a propaganda piece?
Yeah right, because the minute the gunman in Paris were shooting people in the street and screaming “Allahu Akbar” EVERYONE’S FIRST THOUGHT was it must be an Amish extremist zealot slaughtering the heathen…. Because that happens every day doesn’t it.
Is it really easier to try and convince people Christians are the primary terrorist religion in the world to justify bringing Syrian refugees into Europe?
Lets talk about atheist terrorists, lets talk about Eugenics with “Ethnic and Disabled cleansing for ensuring the purity and progression of evolution in humanity”. Lets talk about communism. Lets talk about how in less then 200 years the rise of Atheism is the primary faith (or lack thereof) that launched the deaths of 6-200 million innocent people at a time – While creating horrific wars that were so common place through out the entire 20th century. Lets talk about the foundation of Psychology and Political science and how Atheist view people as worthless lab rats, there to be experimented on.
WHY DONT WE TALK ABOUT THAT!
Oh you want to talk about FRANCE and “Vie ve Le Revolution” HA dont even make me laugh – if only this article was about history. I’ll just let you google on your own what atheist did post revolution in Paris, France, trust me the jokes on them with “Vie ve le Revolution” and terrorism….
I have come to accept Liberalism is indeed a Mental Disorder, especially when it comes to things that make them look stupid and blatantly challenge their so called logic: (IE- Muslim Terrorist holding a syrian passport after a huge wave of syrians just came into Europe because Liberals had to make ‘Progress’).
I understand the Bible talks about love and charity and to some who don’t know better I might sound like a hypocrite when I say not in this case. The bible also talks about taking care of your family before doing charity. It also tells us not to broadcast our charity so to gain approval from other people. It tells us to be careful who we give charity to, dont waste the effort on someone who will take advantage of us or treat us like a doormat…. There is a line drawn in “Love and Charity” and the whole Syrian refugee thing crosses every one of those lines. Im sorry if you dont understand the context and the line between charity and just being target practice. Yet I know some like to say:
“Well only 1% of Muslims in the world are terrorists so the chances of receiving terrorists are slim”-
step child its not the 99% any body’s worried about and terrorists are not a lottery odds, its a bowl of soup. Say I gave you chicken noodle soup and told you; “There’s only 1 drop of cyanide in it but dont worry the rest of it’s good”- how much of that soup do you want to eat? The whole bowl? just a spoonful? None of it?
Were talking about bringing in a pool of random people from the heart of ISIS territory without any way, or even making an effort, to verify if their peaceful or terrorists. Yet here they go on about “If we show Syrians ❤ LOVE ❤ it will warm their hearts and end terrorism all over the world, even ISIS”- yeah coming from the political genius Madonna…
As you can see I’m a little damaged myself, but go ahead call me a fool. Im just a little Angel Fish, what do I know about anything, I was born yesterday.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. – Revelation 2:10
We know the times were coming into, and we know they must happen. We know we have to fight it as best we can and along the way expect a few battle scars along the way. It will not get easier, the bible guarantees it. truthfully Christians before us have suffered so much worse then us. Truthfully many of the Syrian refugees have suffered so much worse then us.
The world is on fire, everything is falling apart people are stupid and everything sucks. Frankly if you dont have a few missing pieces, a few random outbursts, and a few quirks by now your not there fighting, get on with a soldier!!
Somehow I was lead to end this tangent with this:
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. – 2 Thessalonians 2: 13-17
Also perhaps this too on a side note.