Matthew 26:52: Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.”
Politics is inherently brutal. So when do we attack those who viciously attack us? In to words - we don't. Attacks and accusations are always used as bait by the Accuser (Satan) to get us to bite and once we bite, he will reel us in. As Christians serving in the political realm, we will be attacked; sometimes unfairly and to be honest, sometimes justly. However, we must always be aware that while we are being opposed and attacked, it is the enemy of our soul pushing the accuser’s buttons so he or she can push ours. Why? Not just to generate fodder for social media and a headline, but to flat line our witness and ultimate effectiveness as a Christian public servant leader.
Our Adversary always seeks to put us on the defensive. Why? Jesus tells us in today’s scripture. He wants us to retaliate which is a trap! Retaliation on the part of a Christian will ultimately lead to humiliation which ultimately leads to destruction. Destruction of a relationship, reputation or career. Why? Because when we retaliate by taking matters into our own hands, God removes His hand and we dangerously position ourselves to be judge and jury – a place that rightly belongs only to God – the supreme judge.
Never return an attack for an attack. Respond to it by correcting any misinformation and to tell the truth to refute a lie. Respond to the accusation, but never the accuser. Christians can’t win by going tit-for-tat with the devil. Jesus understood this. He understood overall and what he was trying to get his men to understand overall that night is that by not attacking back, we acknowledge God as judge and jury and we’re saying to Him we trust His word that vengeance is His and He will repay (Romans 12:19). And God always honors His word. He repays in ways we never could.
Prayer: Father, give me the wisdom to discern when I am being attacked and the strength to hold my tongue and keep still my sword. Fill my mind with your thoughts, my mouth with your truth and my heart with obedience. Help me to respond to the accusation but not the accuser. This brings you glory as I trust you to vindicate me. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Published on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 3:24 AM CDT