Servant – Soldier

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Servant or Soldier

In worship this morning the phrase servant not soldier was used when describing those who follow the Master, Jesus. These words have stuck with me all day. Too often I hear colloquialisms; “fighting the good fight or fight for your personal rights, soldiers for in God’s army, fighting for those who cannot fend for themselves, fighting for your political party, fighting for (sometimes with) your family, fighting sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, fighting for equality. The list could go on but I noticed there aren’t too many servant phraseologies we use.

I think we are more comfortable with the idea of fighting, exerting power, pushing back against something we feel is invading our worlds. Fighting comes from a place of strength. Being a servant make us more uneasy. We don’t like the possibility of being taken advantage, of someone being over us, of putting down our fists instead of raising them. We live in a time where standing up for what we believe in seems the correct and just path. I wonder where/if there is a balance between soldiering and serving? Is there a side which needs choosing, we should choose?

blessings,
@BrianLoging (Twitter)
thewannabesaint.com

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Posted on September 17, 2017, in Prayers & Blessings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. good thoughts, Brother. Having been a career airman in the Air Force I assure you a good soldier is a good servant, and a good servant is a good soldier. We were given orders and, if we wished promotion and blessing as opposed to demotion and cursing, we served. Mediocre soldiers did the minimum required, and were slow to promote. Those who served country and unit with pride and went beyond earned early stripes and decorations. Love you!

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  2. Yeah the whole servant versus soldier thing has always been a problem for me. For myself it is easier to be a soldier for Christ than a servant for Christ. Oh I can be a servant easy enough for those I like but the growth for me comes from those I dislike. I realise that but it has always been hard to swallow.

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