Defending Godly Purpose

How far are we prepared to go to defend what we believe is truly right?  Would we “write a strongly worded letter” to the local newspaper?  Or would we be prepared to truly fight to defend God’s purpose?  In our world today, there are so many places where we can find a battleground, but which are the ones where we should lay down our life, if necessary?  Today’s story gives us a clue.

Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.  After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”  — Nehemiah 4:10-14

This represents yet another story telling us that it is sometimes acceptable to fight for what we believe.  These men weren’t carrying spears, swords and bows just to scare people – they were prepared to use them.  In defense of what they knew to be right – the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem – they were prepared to go all the way.  Looking at my own opportunities to defend God’s purpose,  what am I willing to do to defend the faith?


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