The Troops

“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”
2 Timothy 2:4

In our attempts to win battles along political lines, we just may lose the war. Not the war between good and evil. That victory belongs to Jesus.

We may lose the war for troops.

“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, ‘Are you for us or for our enemies?’ ‘Neither,’ he replied, ‘but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.’”

“Neither,” he replied.

It behooves those who wish to represent Christ well to remember the nature of man and the nature of battle.

Are we to believe that “the other” political party is inherently evil or that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God?” That “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places?”

As far as I know, our names — as they appear in the Book of Life — will not be followed by an “R” or a “D.”

Before stepping onto the battlefield in the name of the Lord, let’s make every effort to ensure purity of heart lest we cause even one troop to stumble — D, R, or otherwise.

Let’s represent our Commanding Officer well.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

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