“But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.” – Hebrews 11:35-37.
Not many people like confrontation. As a result, we tend to give up easily, not because we are lazy necessarily, but because we just don’t see the point in fighting or putting massive amounts of energy into something when we could easily sit back and let life happen. After all, “going with the flow” is a less stressful attitude to have about life and requires less fighting.
But there are times when fighting for things is the whole point of living. There are times when fighting is necessary and the right thing to do. There are times Christians should stand and fight. Fighting in the Bible can be physical or spiritual. Either way, the conflict is intended to beat the opposition. That opposition can be other people, Satan, or sin. Fighting requires effort, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. Jude 1:3 says, “Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.” Defending the faith can require us too take a stand and in some cases fight.
If the opposition is evil and the cause is good, there is nothing wrong with fighting, according to the Bible. Fight for causes that are greater than yourself. God is looking for men who are willing to join His redemptive work in this fallen world, and God hopes that you’ll be one of them. Look beyond the immediate concerns of your own life and take advantage of the opportunities God has given you to fight for causes that have far-reaching implications.
Listen to what Ronald Reagan said in a speech on October 27, 1964 entitled A Time for Choosing: “If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin—just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain.…You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay. There is a point beyond which they must not advance.’”
- What is worth fighting for in your life?
- What is our role in fighting in spiritual terms?
- What can we do to be wise and discerning on when to fight and when to turn the other cheek?