“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6:13-17
It can be easy to fall into a complacent peacetime army. Assuming that by appealing your enemies with nice gestures and compromises will keep you safe. Only to be caught unprepared when the enemy strikes. A brief look at the history of war has plenty of examples of this (remember many countries in Europe prior to WWII?).
Christians can also get lulled into a false sense of security and forget that we have an enemy, the Devil, that walks about seeking who to devour. Some feel safe by not mentioning that they are Christians to their friends and family. Others feel like they have obtained peace by compromising on the faith in areas such as the exclusivity of Christ for salvation, biblical sexual relationships, and the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. Unwittingly they are already retreating in their people-pleasing. Unconsciously they are robbing themselves and the people they claim to care about of the soul-saving truth of God. In the name of being nice and politically correct they are ceding ground and assisting the Devil in his attempts to destroy lives and take as many people to eternity in Hell with him as possible.
It is time for the people of God to strap on their armor, sharpen their swords, and prepare to take a stand for the truth and a stand of love for their friends, families, and co-workers. To stand like an arrayed army ready to fight for people’s salvation and Christian growth.
(It also looks like this section of Scripture may be the topic of the upcoming Mountain Top youth conference which is being held on the last weekend of July.)