Are Christians Required to Be Wimps? Part 2

There is a perception in the world at large that Christians are intellectually inferior, because most of us are incapable or unwilling to contend for the faith. (Jude 1:3) We fall back on cliches, jingoism and traditional teaching handed down over generations. When the world challenges what we believe, we either figuratively run away or we get defensive and say something to the effect of, “Well I know what I believe is true because of what the Lord has done in my life.”

That may be true, but playing that trump card in the marketplace of ideas is not reasoning (Acts 17:2) with those we are supposed to love. If we are ambassadors for Christ who are supposed to reflect God’s image to the world, then the lost will judge our God (our “religion” as they see it) based on how we represent Him. By choosing to represent the Kingdom as most Christians do, we are telling the world that He is irrational, ignorant, timid, and gullible.

Gullible? Yes, because we let the anti-Christians get away with lies, deception, opinions packaged as fact, circular reasoning, blatant hypocrisy, and rhetorical presumptions which seem intelligent when reduced to soundbites, but crumble under scrutiny. Believers would be held accountable immediately by anti-Christians for anything similar. Christians don’t call them on the carpet or challenge any of this, preferring to remain on the defensive and allow anti-Christian messages to dominate every public forum. Hoping, I guess, that the Gospel will spread by osmosis.

Jesus commanded us to preach the good news to people of every nation, tribe and language. (Matthew 28:19)

How can the Gospel spread when we are immediately shouted down when we try to preach it? How can the Gospel spread when it is drowned under a flood of false teaching? How can the Gospel message compete against fanatic enemies with a whole arsenal of seemingly sound arguments when we don’t have the guts to tear down strongholds of deception with the tools God gave us? How are the lost supposed to hear the message that can set them free?

This scenario is like the 12 spies (Numbers 13) all over again. We aren’t literally facing armies of giants and we aren’t literally going in to conquer real estate promised to the children of Abraham and we aren’t wielding literal swords formed out of metal by human hands. But we have been equipped with spiritual armor and a spiritual sword to wage spiritual warfare against a spiritual enemy who has usurped and occupied the spiritual territory of hearts and minds of people who God loves and doesn’t want to perish. And five out of six believers who have looked over the enemy and the battlefield are too intimidated to march forth. In fact, some even discourage our fellow believers from marching!

Jesus wouldn’t have given us the Great Commission if it was impossible to carry out. He’s given us the Holy Spirit to empower us for the mission. “We should go up and take possession of the land, brothers, for we can certainly do it.”

This post is already getting long, so I’ll begin addressing some of our obstacles in detail next time. Just keep these assurances in mind:

  • Nothing is impossible for God. (Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27)
  • If God is for us, who can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)

Author: Elijah Dispatched

I never doubted the existence of God. I thank my parents for that. Even so, most of my life could be summed up as a shameful rebellion against Him. Still, even when living like a reprobate heathen, I still occasionally studied the Bible. I found it just as confusing and seemingly contradictory as most people, yet I could also discern there was power in it, and truth beyond my finite reckoning. After finally admitting to my Creator, "You are God and I am not," my study of the Bible became a bit more intensive. I have learned much, and will learn much more. I plan on sharing some of that here.

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