I was reading a discussion recently that was speaking about the Christian’s responsibility in recognizing who our enemy is. We have an adversary more cunning, vicious and diabolical than any political leader or terrorist could ever pretend to be. He prowls “to and fro and up and down” seeking the weak, the defenseless, the unsuspecting. He wields the tool of man’s pride against himself with expert skill, appealing to the intellect and encouraging the proliferation of humanism. He beats down the faithful through the lure of his own animal instincts and appetites. He severs family ties under the guise of financial security or through the drive to attain notoriety. He is hideously creative and deceptive. This is our enemy. He understands the plan for his future demise…so we are fools not to believe that he is going to pull out all the noxious stops he can while he is still able.
Satan delights in confusion, and the preoccupation that believers have with superficialities and “us four and no more-isms” must incite wicked glee among the minions. Somehow we need to wade our way through the distractions that detract from our mission, and determine what is worth fighting for (I think “fightin’ fundamentalists” spend an exorbitant amount of time in skirmishes that are not pleasing to our Lord and Captain) and advance the front lines. The “Army of One” is what intimidates and thwarts the enemy. I think this is what is meant by the hymnwriter:
Rouse, then, soldiers, rally round the banner,
Ready, steady, pass the word along;
Onward, forward, shout aloud Hosanna!
Christ is Captain of the mighty throng. (from “Sound the Battle Cry” by Wm F. Sherwin, 1869)
Our Captain has already overcome the world…everything about it. We are waiting for the fullness of time, and while we wait we do not sit idly by; but we must occupy until He comes (Lk 19:13). That means to “do business”–be active in what we know we are left upon this globe to do–preach the gospel, disciple, teach, “do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God.” That is enough to keep us all plenty busy.
Are you busy or a busybody (1 Tim 5:13)? Oh, ladies, let’s not waste time. The night is far spent and the day is at hand. Make a difference in your family, your church, your neighborhood. And keep an eye out for the enemy within (Rom 7:18).