Today we remember. We think back to those who gave their lives in a united cause to thwart evil empires who threatened the very freedom of the free. Nations, countries united, and allies banded together in one powerful force. In many ways these nations were different. They had different cultures, languages and governments yet when faced with a common enemy, they put aside their differences to face their nemesis together. Their differences seemed so small in light of the pending doom if they refused to unite and fight.
As we consider very solemnly and thankfully what it cost these men and women to keep our freedom, let us recognize that the church of Christ is facing an even fiercer battle. Only this battle is not with flesh and blood but with the spiritual powers of darkness. How are we to win this battle?
Do We Really Need To Fight?
Some will say that we do not need to fight anymore and that the battle is already won. To this I say yes! The victory is already assured, but, or should I emphasize, BUT the fight is not over in the least. When the Lord told Joshua to go and take the land he said to him, “Arise, go over this Jordon”. The Lord tells him that he had already given Joshua and the people the land. But the key was this, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon, I have given you.”
Joshua and the people would face many battles but the Lord had promised that the land was already theirs. They just had to go and get it no matter who stood in the way. It’s the same in the church today. The victory is already won through the work of the Lord Jesus but the battle is still being fought.
Who Is The Real Enemy?
The real enemy of the church is the same enemy of Christ. Satan, his angels and the worldly system seek to destroy the church of God and bring her down to ruins. Paul writing to the Ephesian church gives a complete list of armor to be worn in the fight. I find it interesting that leading up to this passage in chapter 6 he deals extensively with how we are to act with one another. It’s as if he is saying that first we need to take care of our personal relationships and get them right before facing the enemy of Satan and his fiery darts.
We cannot fight our enemies alone. We need each other. Pride has no place in our fight or we will lose in our personal lives and as local churches. Let’s be reminded of the words of Peter in 1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” We need to take up the weapons of war against a mighty enemy who wants only our destruction. May the church be united in battle, strong against the foe.
The Gospel Must Go Out!
In this fight, the gospel must go out into a world that is lost. Billions have never even heard of Jesus. Billions more are searching, confused, defiant and some are taking up arms against the Lord. My dad reminded me the other day how the gospel has less of a prominence in our assemblies. A missionary on Sunday reminded us that there are less missionaries on the field than ever before yet there are twice as many people in the world. The church’s mandate to go into all the world (including our own backyards) with the power of the gospel is being forgotten.
So as we remember the past, let us be resolved to be as brave and unrelenting in our fight against our enemy as these men and women were against theirs. Time is short. The time is now to stand firm. Which battle are you fighting?
“Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine;
We are on the Lord’s side, Savior we are Thine.”
Francis Ridley Havergal