DayBreaks for 7/22/16 – Beware the Dragon
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2006:
Where does one begin to fight against the evil in the world? In the political arena? In the media? In the schools? Perhaps it’s because there is so much evil in the world that we may have a hard time figuring out where to get started. But perhaps the real question isn’t where do we begin to resist the power of evil, but that we DO begin and HOW we begin.
I must say that it shames me when something evil has happened and some famous Christian strikes back with mindless words of rancor and bitterness. Of course, such things get plastered all over the press. And the net result? The name of Christ is once again dragged through the mud.
It was Nietzsche who said, almost prophetically: “Beware when you fight a dragon that you don’t become a dragon.” There is no shortage of targets for us to choose to tackle, but we probably should spend more time thinking about how to tackle them in a Godly fashion before we launch into some kind of diatribe that Christ wouldn’t recognize or approve of.
As I get older, I’m becoming more and more convinced that how we go about fighting against evil is probably even more important than the fact that we do engage it. If we don’t employ the right strength (His, not ours) and right tactics (again His, not ours), we will fail and he will be shamed. Let’s not become the very kind of dragons that we’re fighting against. Let us rather be instruments of love, compassionate but correcting, rather than blunt instruments that bruise and break and bludgeon. Those were the tools of those who took the life of Christ and they are not to be the tools of our trade.
PRAYER: Sometimes, Lord, we get so very angry at the injustice and wrong-doing that we see all around us. We get carried away with anger, not with love. Please, use your Spirit to put a check in our hearts to respond and take on evil only in the same manner that our Lord and Master did while he walked this earth. Keep us from being well-intentioned “dragons.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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