There are many analogies that depict the life of a Christian – growing as wheat, being sheep, being fishers of men, being a member of a body, growing from a baby to adulthood, brotherhood and being a soldier. Now, how is it that we who are followers of the Lamb of God can possibly be depicted as soldiers – fighting a war – with weapons – and vanquishing our enemy? Stay with us as we look at what it takes to be a true soldier – a true soldier of Christ!
Last week we took a hard look at Islam and compared its message of devotion to that of Christianity. We looked at its personal and national approach to “jihad” and saw significant differences from our own Christian faith. Today we will focus on the Christian “jihad” – the Christian’s personal struggle to fight our warfare – not against others but against Satan. How do we fight this fight? What are we armed with? What makes us think such a battle against such an enemy can be won?
War has been a part of culture since the beginning of human history. As Christians we are certainly not encouraged to encourage it or provoke it. Yet in the New Testament, the concepts of war and battle are used freely, as a clear picture of what our lives are supposed to be about. The whole key is understanding who and what we are supposed to fight and how we are supposed to fight them. We are discussing the battle of the Christian, the armor that the Christian is supposed to wear, and the victory that the Christian should be seeking. Are you armed for battle?