Historical facts have a way of discombobulating the minds assumptions. For example, I grew up during the Cold War. Russia was the bad guy. No one wanted to travel to Russia. Even all the war movies depicted Russia as the enemy.
So when I listen to the audio-book Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, by Jon Meacham, read by Len Cariou, it strikes me as odd that Russia’s Joseph Stalin was an ally to Britain and America as they fought against Hitler.
During the Revolutionary War, America and Britain were enemies. Americans, who were friends, became enemies as some Americans who thought America was better off under the control of Britain were pitted against the Americans fighting for independence.
This foe/ally anomaly is not exclusive to politics. Competitors can come together for a greater good. A health problem may open the door for people who never wanted to listen to one another’s view, to actually sit down and listen and figure out an answer to solve the health problem.
A poor economy can encourage people to form an alliance to stave off unnecessary deprivations. A hurricane can bring people together to save a town, people who didn’t think they had anything in common and even got on each others nerves.
What greater good unites us all to become allies fighting for life and love?
Rising water from rain
Hurricane Irene damage last week in upstate New York
Posted by Cheryl Petersen on September 9, 2011
I attended an Alliance Church service at which the Pastor’s sermon centered round the armor of God as talked about by Paul to the Ephesians. Pastor Keith used Power Point to show what Roman armor looked like in Paul’s time, basically, skimpy leather coverings over the chest and privates. The knees were exposed and feet were in sandals. In other words, armor was definitely not like what comes to today’s mind, a body fully wrapped in metal.
Compared to Roman armor, I wear more protection when hiking in the woods.
Paul said, “Take your stand then with truth as your belt, integrity your breastplate, the gospel of peace firmly on your feet, salvation as your helmet and in your hand the sword of the Spirit.” Anger or self-justification is not part of the armor.
Spiritual warfare is valid. Fighting for Christ-like thoughts is a privilege and obligation to life. Interestingly, the armor of God, however, as talked about by Paul, fails to mention protection on the back side.
The conclusion being: don’t’ turn and run away from the enemies. Living in the armor of God, we can face foes that attempt to defy Life, Truth, Love. Love and Truth always win.
Posted by Cheryl Petersen on May 31, 2011