Defend Us In Battle… I am sure that name conjures up many images in the heads of the people that read this blog. The name of a blog certainly is the “first impression” people have of both a blog, and the person behind it. This blog is no different, but the name may not be what it seems, at least at first glance.Since the introduction of the HHS Mandate, the attacks on religious liberty, and the most recent election – the title for this blog seems more fitting than ever. While I have been asked in the past whether I think it is too aggressive or militant, I have always responded that the battles we wage are “not against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities.” In other words, the “battles” I write about on here are not ones between people, but of a supernatural and spiritual nature.
Never has this been more true. The world hates us, and yet we are in the world. We must find a way to exist, and proclaim the kingdom, because that is what we are asked. Yet it seems everyday we lose a little more ground, and it becomes harder and harder to be in the world even if we aren’t of the world. We are square pegs trying to fit into a round hole – but we must battle on.
As a parent, it is hard to think about the reality of raising a child in this world. The snares and pitfalls areeverywhere. Many times, they aren’t even set by those that are against us, but done so unwillingly by our “friends” because the world has ensnared them into its darkness. These are the everyday spiritual battles we wage. The silent battles that make our hearts weep in prayer but keep our faces stoic, or even smiling, in the daylight. The silent spiritual warfare we all participate in.
This is why I feel confident that I have chosen the right name for this blog. Because to me, I feel called to wage these spiritual battles for my family, for my friends, and for those around me. Not just on their behalf, but along side of them. The world is a dangerous place, and there are many things worse than death. Yet, let us not be afraid. We are called to be courageous. We are called to fight the battles. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI put this charge to the youth at World Youth Day:
Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world.
Let this be our mission. Let this guide us in these dark days. Let this be what encourages us, even when the world casts its culture of death and sadness upon us. Let us “be not afraid.”