“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13
For several years on the drive to Portland, I noticed an old barn with a message printed on it that always caught my eye. It read, “Soldiers of the Cross, armor up!” I was not a Christian when I first read that, but it excited me. I have not seen that sign lately, but the message still rings in my heart. “Soldiers of the Cross, armor up!” It is time for the soldiers of God to raise a standard and stand for the right. It feels good to know that I am in God’s army.
In recent years, the United States saw battles regarding the posting of the Ten Commandments on a national monument, a courtroom wall, and a stone monument inside the rotunda of a state capital. There are many who protest when seasonal displays remind them of our country’s Christian heritage. There is always someone who will object to any recognition of Christian beliefs. The Bible tells us that it is not a good thing to call right wrong and wrong right, but people are going to do just that. And the enemy of our souls is on the job to make sure it happens.
We are soldiers for Jesus. All of God’s spiritual weapons are available for us and they are: the breastplate of righteousness; the helmet of salvation; the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; and the preparation of the Gospel of peace. These are our resources to resist the enemy and to stand for what is right and true, and we will need them all to be overcomers.
This world desperately needs Jesus, and our orders are to go into the entire world and preach the Gospel. We need to look for ways to get the message out, pray for opportunities to tell the story, and seek for wisdom to create opportunities. We are soldiers of the Cross; the battle we fight is not of this world! We cannot risk being the “silent majority.” Let us armor up and shout for the battle!