For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Both my parents were born during the Great Depression. Neither family was well-to-do and neither of my parents went on to High School. Things were different back then, when a paycheck was more important than an education. As result, my brothers and I grew up in a blue-collar family with, by necessity, both parents working. We have no complaints. We never went hungry and learned many valuable life-lessons and values that we might not have learned otherwise. One such lesson comes to mind.
As you know from my previous post, my parents had no favorites among us three boys. And because both of our parents worked, we had household chores that were doled out fairly. But one of us three thought they had more than their fair share. I’ll mention no names, but not for the sake of the innocent. Anyway, one day I, I mean he, decided to go on strike and posted a notice on the back door to that effect.
It just happened to be a Tuesday. I mention the day, because it is important to the story. On Tuesdays, my mom had extra duties at work. Duties that were very, very S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L-L. Ordinarily, we knew to tread softly on Tuesday evenings. Another important fact. Our mom always got home from work before our dad.
I think you can see some fatal flaws. First of all, the planned strike never had a chance. Not on a Tuesday for sure. Second, not until dad was also home. Not because we thought we could divide and conquer, but because dad would have laughed first, then firmly laid down the law. Mom was in no mood for laughing. Suffice it to say that management was in a much stronger bargaining position and in no mood for concessions. The strike was over almost before it began.
“Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” Monday’s battles are never fought on Tuesday. They are never fought on the enemy’s battlefield. “Gun” fights are never fought with “knives.” We never enter a battle without the backing of the Father.
My Advice – Practical applications? Alcoholics do not go to battle in a bar. People addicted to pornography do not allow themselves unmonitored internet access. If you don’t want to eat the apple, don’t hang around the tree. What tree have you been hanging around?