Some ex-scripts from an article by my friend Jeff Henning on being a Christian soldier in God’s army:
“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 2:3
Paul equated the life of a soldier with the life of a Christian. A Christian needed to have the civilian individualism taken out by disciplined training and the ‘team first’ concept installed in it’s place. He wrote “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs” to mean that way of life had to cease. Being a soldier was a serious, full time job.
I wonder how we would change if we began to see our “walk with Christ” as more of a march?
About the Church, and Christian in particular, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:26 “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” This implies shared sacrifice, shared suffering, shared duty and shared reward. This is what we learned in boot camp, and what we should learn as new Christians. Jesus understood this concept. He said in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”.
Our problem is we bring our civilian mindset into the church. “my needs”, “my desires” and “my glory” is what matters. Shared suffering isn’t tolerated. The mission is clouded by special interest; Everyone wants to give orders, but no one wants to carry them out.
One of the sad realities of the feminization of the church is a lack of this mindset among Christian men.
Jeff’s last line contains a haunting question for us all,
Boot camp was tough, rugged and unrelenting, but it put in me the sense of honor, duty and courage. Christians, have you been to boot camp since you were sworn in to the Army of the Lord? Do you think you can take it?
I hope so, because what the army of God could use is a few good men who are willing to stand on their convictions, fight, and die for the truth.
Read the rest of Jeff’s article here.