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
In addition, there is a sense of an active, cunning and very dangerous adversary in the Devil, as it is written that he “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” An enemy that is walking and seeking is an active enemy indeed. One only has to spend moments online to see the horrors that Christians are facing today and that the enemy is active in the here and now. Further, consider how often Christians are portrayed as out of touch, bigoted, ignorant and hateful on popular sitcoms. There is a clear and purposeful intent in presenting Christians as easy targets in popular culture. This calculated lack of respect for our beliefs is a spiritual attack that is releasing physical attacks on us daily.
Psalm 144 declares, “Blessed be the LORD my rock, who prepares my hands for war and my fingers for battle.” Consider Proverbs 21:15, “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to the evildoers.” Or Psalm 106:3, “Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.”
Our God is a God of justice. He has prepared us through Scripture, through feelings, and through circumstances to know that we live in a fallen world and that evil and violence are often one in the same. If someone called for prayer (a spiritual defense) and fellow believers said, “No, that’s not my place, you just need to have more faith in God,” clearly they would be in the wrong and yet some people believe it is wrong to learn self-defense when there is a threat of violence.
Despite the stark reality of Christians being slaughtered world-wide, the dramatic rise in mass shootings, the secular media’s outright hostility towards Christians alongside the increasing physical threats against Christians, often times, in this author’s experience, whether discussing implementing church security procedures, learning street self-defense or purchasing and learning to use firearms, there are still people who say, “God will provide, He will protect us, so I’m not worried.”
That is contrary to Scripture and frankly an insult to the memories of the many saints who have been, continue to be and will be martyred for their love of Christ! It is akin to saying that the Christians who are being slaughtered for their beliefs did not have enough faith, so God did not protect them.
Further, that is like saying one does not have to cook, work, pay bills or do anything because God will provide. Worse yet is when someone says he or she doesn’t have to worry about violence because God already knows the outcome. Imagine if a college student said, “God already knows my grade, so I don’t need to study for the final tomorrow.” Clearly, such sentiments are nonsense.
Every day we do things that we don’t want to do, but we do it because we must but none of these things negate our faith in God.