A few years ago I watched the Super Bowl with some friends and my team was winning. The pagan/heathen team was losing. All was well in my world.
The host was having fits as his team was on the losing end of things. As his quarterback was sacked again, my friend and host screamed, “Why don’t you stay in the pocket (which was non-existent) you wimp?” He then waddled to the refrigerator. Actually, the term waddled is too athletic for the sight. I thought of an old line I had heard when I was child:
“It’s easy to be brave from a safe distance.” Aesop
As a rule, armchair quarterbacks and soldiers do much better from the safety of the living room than in actual conflict.
We Christians in America have soared to the heights as we have read of the courage of our Brothers and Sisters standing true, even unto death, in Muslim countries. And many have heaped contempt on some, who with a sword to their neck, have wept and recanted, while finding comfort in the thought, “I would be true.” Yet, a frown from a local bureaucrat sent them into a frenzy calling for all night prayer for deliverance.
Our times do not call for bravado, but for close up courage. Eph 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly
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