One of my favorite songs at VBS and church camp as a kid was “Whose Side Are You Fighting On?” Did you ever sing that song? You could change the words fighting to also say serving, living, and working, etc. and at the end everybody say, “I’m fighting on the Lord’s side.” I’m not sure why, but I loved that song. Have you ever thought about whose side you’re fighting on?
It is said that when the British and French were fighting in Canada in the 1750s, Admiral Phipps, commander of the British fleet, was told to anchor outside Quebec. He was given orders to wait for the British land forces to arrive, then support them when they attacked the city. Phipps' navy arrived early. As the admiral waited, he became annoyed by the statues of the saints that adorned the towers of a nearby cathedral, so he commanded his men to shoot at them with the ships' cannons. No one knows how many rounds were fired, or how many statues were knocked out, but when the land forces arrived and the signal was given to attack, the admiral was of no help because he had used up all his ammunition shooting at the "saints."
It’s important to know whose side we are on. We need to realize the difference between our allies and our foes. Paul says, “Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world's darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world” (Ephesians 6:12 - NCV). The apostle goes on to encourage us to take up the “whole armor of God” to fight against these evil powers of darkness.
Like Admiral Phipps, I fear that too often we waste all of our ammunition firing at the saints. And when the Lord calls us to the real battle we are forced to surrender under the attack of our real enemy. I Peter 5:8 warns us that Satan is out there waiting to devour us. Are we ready for his attack? Remember that Jesus tells us if we are not with Him, we are working against Him (Luke 11:23). Whose side are you fighting on?
Let's work together and fight the good fight! Have a GREAT week!
You are loved.
Dr. Ray Reynolds