Bring It On

I remem­ber a con­ver­sa­tion with a friend a few months ago. The sub­ject was that of spir­i­tu­al war­fare, against the pow­ers, prin­ci­pal­i­ties, rulers of the dark­ness of this world… And we each held two quite dif­fer­ent viewpoints. 

His is cer­tain­ly eas­i­er to live, for he wished that the war would­n’t come his way. He had expe­ri­enced some of the wicked­ness and want­ed no more of it, which is understandable.

My take on the war, how­ev­er, is dif­fer­ent, and I con­fess to my shame that I don’t real­ly live out my views. Inward­ly, I feel like Rob­bie in War of the Worlds, not only want­i­ng to fight but also will­ing to for­sake all to do so.

What have I to lose? Bib­li­cal­ly, I am more than a con­queror through Jesus. If the war was a video game, the armor Jesus affords us is the ulti­mate cheat code, ren­der­ing us rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Father, ambas­sadors of Christ on Earth, gird­ed with Truth, armed with Scrip­ture and pro­tect­ed by Faith. The firey darts of Satan can­not pen­e­trate this armor, and thus we are more than conquerors.

With divine author­i­ty we can cast out demons, with divine Truth we can rend asun­der the lies of this world, and with divine com­mis­sion we can go forth, warn­ing those around us of the impend­ing judgment.

But many of us have become pas­sive or, God for­bid, apa­thet­ic toward these duties. We have changed our focus from the spir­i­tu­al to the temporal–war becomes polit­i­cal change and debate, fear of per­se­cu­tion has changed to fear of loss of our earth­ly treasures.

The war isn’t going away, and many well-mean­ing Chris­tians are in for a sur­prise when we no longer see through a glass darkly.

Unlike tem­po­ral war­fare, though, this isn’t a war for us to fear. As I already stat­ed, we could­n’t be any more vic­to­ri­ous for Christ has already won and grant­ed us part in that victory.

This is a war that, when faced, will shape us, mold us to be more Christ­like. Its tri­als and tribu­la­tions will strength­en us, and as we take author­i­ty over the Wicked One and attack his influ­ence, souls will be saved, for he will lose his grip. Cage the lion, and those in the lion’s den may walk out freely. It has been said that this is a war for souls. I could­n’t agree more.

I did­n’t come lookin’ for trouble
And I don’t want to fight needlessly
But I’m not gonna hide in a bubble
If trou­ble comes for me
I can feel my heart beat­ing faster
I can tell some­thing’s com­ing down
But if it’s gonna make me grow stronger then…

Bring it on
Let the light­ning flash, let the thun­der roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trou­ble come, let the hard rain fall, let it make me strong
Bring it on

Now, maybe you’re thinkin’ I’m crazy
And maybe I need to explain some things
‘Cause I know I’ve got an ene­my waiting
Who wants to bring me pain
But what he nev­er seems to remember
What he means for evil God works for good
So I will not retreat or surrender

Bring it on
Let the light­ning flash, let the thun­der roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trou­ble come, let the hard rain fall, let it make me strong
Bring it on

Now, I don’t want to sound like some hero
‘Cause it’s God alone that my hope is in
But I’m not gonna run from the very things
That would dri­ve me clos­er to Him
So bring it on

Bring it on
Let the light­ning flash, let the thun­der roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trou­ble come, let it make me fall on the One who’s strong
Bring it on
Let the light­ning flash, let the thun­der roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let me be made weak so I’ll know the strength of the One who’s strong
Bring it on
Bring it on

Steven Cur­tis Chap­man’s “Bring It On”

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Rick Beckman