The life that has been gifted to us is not our own, it is God’s. Therefore, we are required to act as He pleases, that is contra mundum.
The Lord has made it strikingly clear in His word how we should live. We are given specific laws on how to govern our bodies (Lev.) and our minds (Rom.). God also gave us general laws, namely, to be priests in a world of pagans (1 Pet., Rev.). We are surrounded by uncleanness, yet we are clean, thanks be to God!
Obeying God means breaking some bones, busting some teeth, and receiving some scars for doing so. God is not neutral to this world, neither are his priests. Our duty is to wage holy war against the world and cities of men, but how can we do this if the Bible says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you live peaceably with all.” How can we fight this bloody war and keep peace? You cannot; however, you can do them separately. To have a viridis forest you must have a furious fire first. In order to have peace, you must battle first.
So how then shall we wage this war against the world? With words of course! The Lord needed no tools to create the world; he only used words, and with words he will cleanse the world too. Our war is a war of words with pens and mouths for swords. The enemy that we fight has dulled their weapons and minds with worldly dirt, but ours have a slicing edge. When we are faithful to the King and His word, we are gifted with double-edged swords that cut between bone and marrow as well as heart and soul.
These weapons from the King do not kill men; they cannot. Remember, we are priests not barbarians. Our swords can only give life to the cities of men. The godly weapons that we have resurrect dead-men walking. They become new creations. No longer do they fight for the prince of the air, but for the shining and everlasting Prince of peace.
“And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” (Eph. 6) Our only weapon is simple to pick up, but complex to master. In fact it is unmasterable by us finite humans. Thankfully, just because you cannot master something does not mean you can’t use it effectively. Who can master the winds ? A simple trip on a sailboat gives us the answer. One cannot master or tame the wind, but he can use it. How then does knight of the King learn the art of using it well? By studying it! Engulfing himself in knowledge about it. So should we! Not learning to do the impossible and master our swords, instead let our swords master us. Knox Merkle explains,
We need to remember that when we wield Scripture, we are actually only the means by which the Spirit wields Scripture, and when He uses us to present the word of God to the world, He is working in our hearts just as much as in the hearts of our audience. When Scripture comes out our mouths, we are just as much the object of the scalpel as those we are speaking to. But the more familiar we get with Scripture, the more we are mastered by it, and the better we know it. From the outside, this looks like mastery of Scripture, but on the inside the exact opposite is happening—the Spirit is shaping us. The more we are conformed to Scripture, the more fit we are to be tools in the hands of the Spirit, by which He will present Scripture to others. Yet as we present Scripture to others, we are still encountering the word of God, by which we continue to be changed.
When we read our Bible, the best sword fighter to ever exist shows us the truest method of defending and attacking with our sword. The Holy Spirit reveals to us the Bible; what it means and how it applies. With the Ghost at our side, men cower and dragons faint.
A good warrior also has a good diet. He eats words for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and of course for a bedtime snack. But in his consumption he is careful. Eating rotten food will make him ill-fit for battle, but sweets in moderation and discernment, help him to appreciate what God has given him. This is the good, the bad, and the ugly of today’s words. Many people are malnourished, not because of lack of quantity, but of quality. A godly knight once said, “read much, not many.” God gave us words, and books for those words to go into, so we can always be reading. He did not want us to fill those books with useless words, which many are filled with. Stop reading bad books, never stop reading good books.
So stand fast, hold your ground, never stop learning. Learn to become a holy priest and a mighty man of David. Learn to become a follower of Christ. We wage war to bring peace to the Kingdom, to bring words of salvation to the cities of men. Now courageously go contra mundum; read good books, break devilish bulwarks, and smash Beelzebub in the name of Christ, amen.