DayBreaks for 12/07/15: The Weapons of Our Warfare
Throughout the millennia, mankind has tried lots of things in order to try to spread their faith. Sadly, tragically, even today there are religions that attempt to spread their influence and faith through the sword, the bullet, land mines and IED’s. The blood runs through the streets of many cities around the world in the name of religious idealism. As horrible as it seems, there are those who have waged warfare on their fellowman in the name of Christianity, too – witness the crusades and even the struggles between the Protestants and Catholics in Ireland.
We can watch the explosions and hear the stories on our television screens nearly every night. And when we see such abuses in the name of faith, when we see the power that fear can have on millions of people, we may be tempted to think that there’s nothing we can do to change the world for the better. In The Undoing of Death, Fleming Rutledge wrote in order to correct that mis-conception: “…it may be that you think there is no role for the small deed, the little contribution, the quiet gesture. Never, never think that. The big stuff has already been done by the Lord of heaven and earth. He has already come with the heavy artillery. Our part is mostly to be foot soldiers. Just remember: the heavy artillery is not the weapons of the world. The weapons of Christ are those of suffering love.”
We sometimes forget that love is stronger than bullets, bombs, rhetoric and even fear. And love is a weapon that we can all wield.
2 Cor. 10:2-5 – We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons , not mere worldly weapons , to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.
Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we are fearful creatures. We feel intimidated by those who threaten us. We sometimes feel that there is nothing we can do to change the spirit of hate that we see in the world because we forget that you are on our side, that you are our strength, that your wisdom is so much greater than that of the enemy. Help us to not only share, but to fully experience the full power of your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.