If we are called to protect others by spreading the gospel, by sharing the truth and promises of God’s Word, then don't we have the same obligation to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and our brothers and sisters in Christ if there is a threat here on earth?
Timothy J. Fancher · November 8, 2017
As Christians, ranging from the casual Sunday-only church-goer, all the way to a mega-church pastor, we are all familiar with the Great Commission: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18 – 20.
Certainly Christians are very unlikely to take issue with the words of Jesus Himself: that we are to witness to others, with the ultimate goal of leading them to accept Christ and have the assurance of eternal salvation. In doing so, we are protecting their eternal life even as we are working to protect them from a life on earth without knowing the love of God and the near unthinkable reality of an eternity apart from God.
If we are called to protect others by spreading the gospel, by sharing the truth and promises of God’s Word, do we not have the same obligation to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and family, to include our brothers and sisters in Christ if there is a threat here on earth?
This can include learning street self-defense, training with firearms and becoming educated on proper security concepts and tactics for home, work and church.
I often see people calling for Prayer Warriors to fight the supernatural, yet there seems to be a stigma to learning to defend your loved ones in the natural world. First, to briefly consider spiritual warfare: Of particular note is, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
This passage reads like an instruction manual before battle, because it is! This is a call to action, and there are many active words in this passage: sober, vigilant, resist, steadfast, sufferings. Peter wrote this way for a reason, to prepare people through the ages to be ready for action.