I’ve heard a lot of talk, especially recently on how we Christian men need to be prepared to step up, to rise up if need be to defend and protect.
Talk is cheap if you don’t act on your words.
Anyone can like a Facebook post, comment “Amen”, and that’s that. But it doesn’t do anything.
Okay, so just to be clear, I know this, we all should know this, yes, our battle here on earth is not against physical forces but against spiritual ones. God has won the battle, there is no need to worry, yes yes yes. And I’m not trying to be sarcastic at all, or disrespectful.
Here though, is what we forget! The battle is won, yes, death was defeated, yes, the Gates of Heaven were opened, YES. But we STILL HAVE TO CHOOSE GOD! We still have to, using our free will, choose to cooperate with the victory God won! And what happens when we don’t? What happens when humans choose death, the enemy, Satan over God?? They respond to that choice through physical actions!
Hitler, Stalin, Nero, take your pick of any and all infamous figures over the histories. They didn’t just choose a path aside from God then leave everyone else alone. No. They responded to their choices with terrible actions.
So here’s my point. When I say we need to also be physically prepared, I am in no way discounting the spiritual battle. In no way am I telling you that we should forget to continue with prayer, fasting, the sacraments. NO. But we cannot ignore those in our world who have rejected God and who are responding with devastating effects. I mean, do we really think that mass shootings happen on a whim?
We cannot only focus on the spiritual because God has made us spiritual AND physical beings! This is the core of my message, the one I feel God has put on my heart.
There was another shooting yesterday. Yes, another one. Go ahead and look it up to see the details on it, but here again is something which helps further my point. Prayer and Action!
We can go down the line of those who responded with Prayer and Action. Let’s emphasize the ACTION because this is what people seem to forget. Okay, so we have Joshua, Gideon, David, the Maccabee brothers, Judith as a few examples from the Old Testament. We have St. Joan of Arc, Grand Master La Valette, Don John of Austria.
Now, look all these people up if you want to see that each one responded to a physical threat by taking up arms against it in some way. I’m not making this up.
When the battle for good or evil is lost in the heart of man, the evil is manifested in physical means. When God vanishes from the heart of man, man responds with devastation.
I find that the biggest point of resistance on this comes from those who don’t want to admit that they might have to engage an enemy, physically. Not that they aren’t good people, or that they wouldn't lay down their lives for their family. But that’s not the goal, that’s not the end game. Because if you lay down your life for your loved ones, then who’s going to be there to stop the enemy once you’ve gone down?
Here is what we need to realize in our world today. We have moved so far away from God, we as a people are so far away from His grace, that we should not, and cannot be surprised at the atrocities which are being committed more and more frequently. We should not be surprised when those who have let the perverse culture manipulate them, who have let the battle for good and evil be lost in their own hearts, carry out through their actions, acts of violence, terror, or other forms of complete brutality.
So with that, we should not be surprised that we need to be the force for good who helps stop those kinds of people should we have to. We have to be ready, we have to be the ones who take action, the ‘first responders’, who react to a bad situation and take the right steps before the actual first responders get there!
With our faith, we have all we need, all the right tools, the right reasons. All we must do is respond. Respond!
We have free will, the free will to choose God or to reject Him. That choice as we see today does not only affect the spiritual realm but the physical one as well.
God bless you all. Zac.