A few years ago I read where the U.S. Secret Service observed that a certain government appointee seemed to be the "least protect" of the cabinet members. So the GSA responded by spending $58,000 to install four gold-lettered glass security doors in the official's Washington suite. This was in addition to a pair of huge, thick wooden doors that, according to one observer, "no one could have broken down."
Later, when a review officer who monitors HUD spending checked out the results, he noted that the new security measures had a couple of flaws. Actually, it was more serious than that. He said the doors were "always open and unguarded," and that the security value was zilch.
When you stop and think about this, there is a real parallel to the experience of many Christians. God has provided all the spiritual armor we need to face every kind of test and temptation, to meet the problems we face in our world today.
": let us put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12
The Scripture above and that of I Thessalonians 5:5-11 speaks of the breastplate of faith and love. Faith is designed to intercept and disarm trouble when it walks through the doors of our lives. And love keeps difficulty from causing us to turn inward in brooding self-pity. It focuses our attention on the needs and well-being of others as well as being alert to our own danger. Then there's the headgear of hope. This confident anticipation of ultimate rescue keeps us from losing our minds in the middle of disorder.
Yet there is one large problem. Unless we walk in faith, in love, and in hope, we will be vulnerable at all times. Adversity and disruption will stalk into our lives through unprotected doors. Remember, the resources of God are not automatic; they must be used to be useful.
- Ben Saathoff is minister of pastoral care at Tonganoxie Christian Church.
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