Lately, it seems like everyone is fighting or arguing or puffing themselves up towards each other—uncannily similar to my neighbor’s roosters that endlessly wander into my front yard, bickering and squawking and flapping their wings at each other over bugs, crumbs, and territory that isn’t even theirs.
It’s loud. Unsightly. Exhausting.
Even Christians seem to be perpetually offended—arguing, speculating, and wasting hours debating over gnats and crumbs which carry no eternal weight yet become such heavy yokes. We throw our words like poisonous darts at every suspected enemy, rarely bothering to stop and consider the damage we are causing in our fleshly crusades.
It’s easier to crusade for insignificant issues than it is to follow peace with all men.
It’s easier to exploit the weakness of others than it is to war against our own weak flesh.
It’s easier to defend our territory than it is to defend the helpless.
It’s easier to fight a futile fight of fear than it is to fight the good fight of faith.
Or perhaps, we simply misunderstand what the good fight is actually supposed to be.
In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
This good fight of faith we see evidenced in Paul’s life was not a striving, struggling battle of words and wills against his neighbors, against his brothers and sisters, or for his physical rights.
It was a love. A surrender. A dying.
A contradiction to everything our flesh struggles for.
While the flesh struggles and bickers for its rights, its goals, its accolades, its legacies, and its liberties, faith says, “Hush. This isn’t your battle. It’s God’s. He always wins.”
While we are called to put on our spiritual armor–it is not for the purpose of battling against flesh and blood. It is so that we may stand against spiritual attack through prayer and faith, opening our mouth boldly, yes, but with no less than the Gospel & Jesus’ name, while extending peace, defending the helpless, loving with truth, and offering sincere grace to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
There are most certainly things worth living and dying for. Those are the only things worth fighting for.
If it isn’t worth living and dying for, then it. isn’t. worth. fighting. over.
(1 Timothy 6:3-5,11-12)