Courage…

“For the LORD takes delight in his people; he adorns the humble with victory… Let the high praise of God be on their lips and a two edged sword be in their hand…”

Psalm 149:4,6

Humility, praise, being grounded in the living Word of God. Hardly what the world would see as weapons of warfare, and, even less likely, the means of victory in battle.

Yet these are the weapons that we as followers of Jesus Christ our King are called to wield and take with us onto the battlefield.

What’s the battlefield? Our godless culture. We are, Scripture says, to be “light” in the darkness of our society’s highest value: the celebration of “freedom” that is little more than license to do whatever I think is good in the moment without thought of any potential eternal consequences (“Who believes any of that, anyway?”).

We are to be “salt”, offering something different from the unsatisfying, endless pursuit of material possessions, fleeting thrills or distracting activities that just “get me through the day”.

Why do we cower, keep silent, avoid standing out? Simple: we lack courage, the willingness to be seen as weird, backward, out of step with other people around us. We’re unwilling to identify with our outcast Savior. We’re even a little ashamed of Him. Yes, we talk about God sometimes, or being Christian – that still seems okay in our culture – but do we name the Name of Jesus? That’s not so okay these days.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hiding. I’m tired of being a coward. I want to push against my fears and be liberated from them. I want to love my King enough to join his battle for souls. I want to be on the winning side, even though right now it may look like we’re losing.