Christianity is not a spectator sport – it is war!

Posted on March 4, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Worldview

Christianity is not like being a fan of your local sports team. But, too often I fear we act that way. You follow your sports team, wear the appropriate team jersey to the game, buy a ticket to get in and then cheer for your team with all the other spectators in the stadium.

Ah, you see what I mean. Joe Christian signs up at his local church. He puts on his Sunday clothing (he either dresses up or dresses down) puts some money in the plate and then watches the worship leader, musicians and pastors play the game, while he cheers or says Amen!

This is not what being a Christian is all about. The main event in Christianity does not take place on Sunday mornings. This war takes place on the battlefield of the heart, 24/7. Sometimes there are others present to watch and encourage. Other times there is only a lone Christian and his God battling against the dark forces of this world.

Make no mistake; Christianity is war! Christians don’t fight as the world does. We return good for evil, love our enemies and pray to a God whom we cannot see. But we are at war. There are no spectators, only winners and losers. The stakes: your life. Don’t allow the elusive treasures of life to blind you from the war that is raging for the souls of men.

Your enemy is formidable. But he pales in comparison to the ultimate warrior, Jesus Christ. Prepare your children for the war that is all around them. Prepare yourself for the enemies with out and within.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.