“Share in suffering as a good soldier in Jesus Christ. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4)
Another innocent man and father of 2, David Haines, a British aid worker, was beheaded in the Middle East this weekend. This death makes 3. I have a feeling that many of us are going to have orange jumpsuits and bare desert backgrounds etched in our minds forever. This morning, however, Huffington Post shows the article on the lower portion of their front page, right next to articles about trees, spices, and dogs in Fall sweaters. What’s the top story? It’s Roger Godell, the Commissioner of the NFL, in the wake of the current domestic violence that seems to have apparently come out from nowhere. A camera revealed what has been happening. Now it requires attention. No man should hit a woman. Period. We all know that. But a camera has, sort of, caught our attention regarding what’s happening in the Middle East, too. And as many would probably wish these terrorists would just stop posting videos, they won’t, so reality is screaming for attention like a wound we’re trying to ignore.
It’s easy to become distracted, “entangled” by the exhausting but real headlines that we face on a regular basis. However, unless we’ve decided to live our lives with our heads in the sand, we have to stand up and face the music (too many idioms there?). God hasn’t told us to relegate the tougher issues in life to the lower level of our conscientious page. On the contrary, He wants us to know the truth: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood.” (I would encourage you to read the entire text here.)
As Christians, I believe that this is particularly relevant. We have to stay focused 24 hours a day, because we are always voluntarily engaged in a battle. But this battle isn’t about killing innocent people, terrorizing citizens, or giving people ultimatums under a knife blade just to make a point. No, a Christian’s battle is against evil, for the glory of God and the good of all people, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, or color. We fight for purity, our families, our faith.
With that being said, Christian soldiers around the world have great work to do.