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Weapons of Righteousness
When Christians constantly occupy a defensive position they eventually assume the role of victims. We certainly need to assume a defensive position when we really are under attack, however, Christ has a higher calling for us than simply to hold our ground. We are the ones who have been told to take the good news to the world. That is quite a different picture than repelling the attacks of the evil one.
The military imagery in the New Testament has caused some to become militant in a way that ultimately embarrasses all who wear the name of Christ. On the other hand, if we take Jesus as our example, the military images can be properly interpreted. That was my intention in this morning’s sermon. We have been called to take the offensive position, to charge headlong into the enemy’s camp.
A good look at our weapons will reveal what that charge is to look like. Instead of hacking, stabbing, shooting, and blowing things up; we have been called to live holy lives reflecting our Creator. Rather than hating our enemies we are the one’s who demonstrate love. Far from destroying the world, our mission is to bring the message of salvation to the world, illustrating it’s power by allowing people to see what the Lord has done in our lives.
We have a mission; but it’s not primarily about defending the gospel; rather, it’s about living the Gospel. The best defense is a good offense. That’s true in football; but it’s especially true in Christianity. We are not victims. In Christ, we are victors!