Sunday, January 20, 2008

The first shall be last


I want to introduce you to this woman who serves the living God. She has traveled over a hundred miles on foot, through malaria infested jungle with danger from the Burmese army drunk on blood lust, happy to capture her and ravish her, make a slave of her or simply murder her. She walks on trails that could have land mines that would maim or kill her. She reaches the camp of the oppressed and begins her ministry, digging a toilet for the villagers. Have you ever seen a picture that glorifies God more? May God keep and protect this humble servant.
"My heart is stirred by a noble theme" Ps. 45:1
I began thinking about the movie Jesus Camp and how it portrays Christianity.
The children were being raised to do battle, and like the words in the old hymn--“Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war”, these children were trained to be warriors, but in the movie it was not clear what the warriors were busy fighting.

Now when I look at this young woman a sense of pride and admiration wells up in me. This is the kind of Soldier that Jesus enlists in His army. No question, she is in a war; she battles poverty, oppression and injustice. Can you see her battle raiment? Now she wears no helmet, fatigues, or combat boots, no uniform with stars and medals, but simply the common dress of the culture with flip-flops for marching; I suspect her body, fit for the task at hand, has been trained by temperance and self-control, not a regimented boot camp.
Her offensive weapon is a pick-axe, wielded in service for the poor as she digs a toilet and explains the importance of sanitation and hygiene.
Her war cry? her battle plan? Perspiration, prayer and a smile to disarm.



1 comment:

fcb4 said...

amen