Field of Battle

Any military commander knows that one of the most important factors in winning a victory is the field of battle.  You choose the field of battle.  You choose a location where you have the tactical advantage and the enemy is at a disadvantage.  You choose where you will stand and fight.

I fear that we have allowed the enemy, Satan, to choose the field of battle.  We have allowed the battle in public media to be about gay marriage, cake decorating, and signs on bathroom doors.  I know I am making those things sound frivolous and I don’t mean to.  That is battleground but not the battleground.  It is message but not the message.

The message is this: Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, crucified for our sins, rose again for our justification, seated at the right hand of God, coming again (soon).

I fear that we have allowed the current battles to drown out the message, the message of Jesus Christ.  His name is the name that changes everything else.

To use another military metaphor, Satan has launched an attack on our flank because he knows he cannot win a frontal assault on the name of Jesus.  In defending our flank we could be in danger of leaving the ultimate prize unprotected and the ultimate weapon unused.  The name of Jesus is the ultimate prize and the ultimate weapon. He is the message.





About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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