This is a photo of Allied troops, during WWI, charging from the fortified position of a trench. Trench warfare was one of the most grueling, and horrific forms of battle. The soldiers would experience severe forms of chemical warfare, constant bombardment from artillery, and relentless fire from the opposing forces.
Knowing that the odds were not in their favor, when commanded to charge these men would spring from their position to try and gain the advantage and take the enemy position. Why did they do it? They knew they were fighting for the right cause and they were following commands.
The Bible clearly states that we, as Christians, are in a battle. Our enemy has taken a strong offensive position in our communities and is waging a ferocious campaign. Nothing is too sacred or off limits – Christians (I Peter 5:8) and non-believers are fair game (Revelation 12:9). For a moment, think of the sin in the world – think how the enemy has changed the social and moral makeup of our great nation. It is very clear, just turn on the evening news and it will give you a daily update.
What are we to do? Change starts with understanding, and understanding starts with awareness – We are not deceived and know that Satan has a plan for men – 2 Corinthians 2:11, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” So we move forward in faith!
Here is the action plan…
God has laid out a concise and aggressive plan. He has given us our command – 1) we are to love Him with everything, and then love people, as well (Matt 22:37-40). 2) He tells us to prepare and arm ourselves with the best armor and weapons (Ephesians 6: 10-20), and then we are to GO (Matt 28:19-20)!
Not only will our Commanding General be supporting us… He will be on the frontlines with us leading the charge. His promise is to never leave us or abandon us on the battle field (Hebrews 13:5), and He is faithful. How faithful are we? Will we spring from the safety of the trenches, as our duty requires, and go and pursue the lost, hurting, orphans, widows, lonely, poor, and abandoned?
Stephen John Spivey