[B]y truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left … 2 Corinthians 6:7
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The Apostle speaks of his ministry and of his trials, of his desire to present only hope and a good example to those who see him. He would have his own life and testimony never be an obstacle to the faith of any other. Whether is it revealing the loving Spirit of Christ while suffering in negative situations or sharing words of revelation, truth and knowledge with others, Paul wants his life to be nothing but Christ. He would be true even while seeming an imposter to the scornful.
What a different world it would be if Christians on the whole lived truthfully, by the power of God, never resorting to the weapons of the flesh to deal with difficulties and challenges, but relying solely on the spiritual arms and armor the Lord provides.
I started reading Van Vogt’s classic, The Weapon Shops of Isher, and I love that slogan “The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.” Yet, we need not buy the weapons of righteousness. They are ours by inheritance and right in Christ. We need no legal language to protect this right for none may take these weapons from our hands, be we living or dead. The armor of God may cause us to be mocked and ridiculed, persecuted, imprisoned, even put to death, but we will prevail for there is no defense against the sword of the Spirit, no missile that can sunder the shield of faith.
The greater temptation we always face is not that we will fight on the wrong side but that we will fight the wrong battle with the wrong weapons. Sodom, with its grotesque and gargantuan iniquities, calls us to reform and revitalize, to change the culture, replace the city council with men and women of integrity when God is telling us to leave and let the fire rain down. We want to make better people of ourselves when the old man has been judged, sentenced, and put to death on the cross with Christ. Azazel’s goat is lost and gone in the wilderness, and we are looking to put a tracking collar on the beast.
The battlefield is my own heart. I am the problem. Christ alone is the solution. Over the door of my weapon shop, it reads: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.