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Armor 'N Enemies

April 24, 2016

  Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm

--Ephesians 6:13-19  

 

     Six pieces of armor. Five primarily defensive, one primarily offensive. And yet...Have you ever used the chest-bumper of righteousness on someone? How about the head-butter of salvation? The bludgeoner of faith? The shin-kicker of readiness or the gut-puncher of holiness?

      Even the sword of the spirit has its proper purpose: to fight our enemies. Which are? Other Christians? Unbelievers? Mean people? While we humans can be so hard on each other, no. One verse earlier, Paul tells us what we're fighting: Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil.

     Quite convicting, really. When times come - like these days we're in now - where there is fierce political thought and lines being drawn and opinions spouted as truth, including the opinion that there is no truth - it's just so easy to get drawn in before we remember to put on our armor or be trained in using it. When that happens, we tend to view our enemies as each other, and forget or deny that the war is still spiritual. And therefore more serious, more wearying, not less.

     Get dressed and once equipped, try emphasizing the defensive uses of most of the armor. Stand up for someone. Protect the reputation of another. Shelter someone in loving truth. Run quickly to someone in need.

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