10 Mar Time to Polish Our Armor
by Donna Le
I grew up in rural Oklahoma in a kinder, gentler era. We had Christmas vacation rather than Winter Break. The Friday before Easter at Peckham School our classes spent the afternoon enjoying an egg hunt.
School year after school year our cook served up delicious home-styled meals in the cafeteria. Before each of those lunches our teacher led us in a simple prayer:
For all we eat,
For all we wear,
For all we have everywhere,
We thank Thee, Heavenly Father.
No one complained. We acknowledged God, bowing our heads and giving thanks for the goodness of God. It set the tone for noon recess. For a brief moment we were unified under God’s loving watch.
Fast forward out of the 60s – praying at school stopped, and controversy erupted over the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
I graduated and got a teaching degree, allowing me to witness further removal of references to God. The climate of schools deteriorated so that student violence grew. Schools spent money on something they called “character education” in an effort to fix the problem of eliminating God from the school environment.
Education and political leaders teamed up to stand firm against allowing God back in the classroom. In addition, any display of Christianity was being driven out of the public square.
Now, we are seeing a chilling of sentiments towards Christians. Debates rage as to whether it is proper to wish customers a Merry Christmas. Bakers and florists face court suits for not participating in wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Recently, a new TV show has debuted named “Lucifer.” Your suspicions are correct, it is indeed named for The Lucifer. He’s not scary at all. He appears to be a handsome charmer—just the kind of man many women are looking for these days. Men might be attracted to the show to watch how he helps the local police punish criminals.
What’s a believer to do? How can we remain faithful when our culture is rapidly pushing God away and flirting with Satan?
Let’s take a look at Sacred Scripture for inspiration and faith building.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV):
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
3 Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple.[a] And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; 4 and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Psalm 34:4 (ESV): I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Ephesians 6: 10-20 (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Let’s call upon God to help us remain faithful and to inspire one another to bring God to others.
Let us turn to the Holy Trinity and ask:
May Jesus be our joy, our hope, our one true king.
May we always give thanks to God, our Father for all we have everywhere.
And may the Holy Spirit guide us and be our strength. We ask this in Christ’s name.