Fighting the good fight.
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas famously urged his father not to die too easily but rather to “rage, rage against the dying of the light.” While Thomas is far from a Christian poet, there’s something we can learn from his admonition to “Do not go gentle into that good night.”
Our world seems each day to be dissolving into an ever bigger mess. Just this weekend, several misguided fellows went on a stabbing rampage in London, while a couple of weeks ago, Paris suffered a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert. I could go on, and these are just the headline-type problems. Sometimes it seems as if the other team is winning the fight.
Maybe, in the worldly sense of things, the other team is winning the fight. While my reading of end times events is not completely confident and detailed, I think I can safely assert that some pretty terrible things will go down in that day. Do we expect that we won’t experience any of that downward spiral?
We know that Christ will triumph in the end, but we don’t know how much muck and awful we’ll have to face before that end comes. Sometimes we might be tempted to curl up in a ball and wait for the end, but that isn’t what God called us to do.
The odds may be long and the enemy abounding in the strength, but Christians have been called on to fight. We might find ourselves poured out like a drink offering before the return of Jesus, but that doesn’t matter. We’re called to fight, to rage against the dying of the light.
- What events in your life or the world around you tempt you to withdraw from the fight?
- When we fight against the negative direction of this world, what do we do battle against?
- Pray that God will help you to stay in the fight and not to mistake petty differences with others for a fight against evil.