Friday, February 1, 2013

Playground or Battleground

A couple of weeks back, a friend gave me something they found in The Lamplighter. It was a copy of an editorial A.W. Tozer wrote. It was stressed that he wrote the editorial below IN 1950, an era that we often think of as inhabited by a society more friendly to the cause of Christ. As you will see, Tozer wasn’t so sure about that. Many years later we can see even more evidence of the trend he saw, and arguably, much more reason for concern.

“In the early days, when Christianity exercised a dominant influence over American thinking , men and women conceived the world to be a battleground. Our fathers believed in sin and the devil and hell as constituting one force, and they believed in God and righteousness and heaven as the other. By their very nature, these forces were opposed to each other forever in deep, grave, irreconcilable hostility. Humans, our fathers held, had to choose sides – they could not be neutral. For them it must be life or death, heaven or hell, and if they chose to come out on God’s side they could expect open war with God’s enemies. The fight would be real and deadly and would last as long as life continued here below. People looked forward  to heaven as a return from the wars, a laying down of the sword to enjoy in peace the home prepared for them…

“How different today. The fact remains the same, but the interpretation has changed completely. People think of the world, not as a battleground, but a playground. We are not here to fight; we are here to frolic. We are not in a foreign land; we are at home. We are not getting ready to live, but are already living, and the best we can do is rid ourselves of our inhibitions and our frustrations and live this life to the full.

“Prayer: Lord, we’ve lost too much by becoming friendly with the enemy. Help me to be willing to take a stand for righteousness, to choose clearly to be on Your side against the enemy, to pay the price – and then to look forward to laying down my sword later in heaven. Amen”

- Chris Schlender
Children's Pastor, BCC