Christians are not created to be passive creatures filling space on this earth until our last breath when we break free into the glory of the afterlife. It’s actually quite the opposite.
Each of us has a unique God-given purpose, but all of us have a role to play in battle. Not many of us can say we’ve worn a suit or armor, but Ephesians 6:14-17 describes our spiritual armor as we prepare for spiritual battles: 1) Belt of truth, 2) Breastplate of righteousness, 3) Feet fitted with readiness, 4) Shield of faith, 5) Helmet of salvation, 6) Sword of the spirit.
By virtue of being a motorcycle club made up of men who follow Christ, we enter into a spiritual battle on a daily basis. As we head out in the highways and bi-ways on our motorcycles, we suit up in our earthly armor as well: our belts, our jackets/vests, out boots, our glasses/goggles, our helmet, and our bibles. We are on the frontlines for God in a different time.
Now, notice something interesting about the armor – there is nothing described to protect our backs. Surely, God wouldn’t send us into the world without covering our six. Well, I believe there are two reasons for this; our true brothers have our backs, and we face the enemy head on. Take a moment to reflect on that observation and ask yourself, “Do I have my brother’s back? Can he count on me 100%?” If you can answer yes, then head into battle. If not, get on your knees and pray. Spend time with your brothers and build the bonds that cannot be broken. Ecclesiastes 12 says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” We have success when we battle together.
Christians, followers of Christ, are viewed largely as passive. It’s believed that Christians are easy targets – and sure some are. But if you keep reading the passage in Ephesians the message is clear. Verse 13 says that we are to, “…put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Stand. Don’t cower. Resist. Don’t turn a blind eye. Stand your ground! This is active. This is a battle, not a picnic. Brothers, armor up!