ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sunday Sermon. Welcome to the Battlefield.

Updated on January 12, 2014

A Church built upon a pyramid is symbolic of conflict.

And the active volcano in the background is symbolic of the violence of nature that brings change.
And the active volcano in the background is symbolic of the violence of nature that brings change. | Source

Let us start out with a prayer.

Thank you

Probably one of the shortest prayers ever. Probably one of the most important. However we view life we should be thankful to be a part thereof. Each day there is some reason to give thanks without limit. We could add to the prayer, persons, places and things that we a thankful for and we could direct it to something that we are thanking. But let us just leave it be.

Battlefields

Let us direct out thoughts to Jesus. We can leave his deity/divine status for another occasion. For most of us recognize that Jesus walked the earth and is not some great conspiracy theory.

And for now let us not even look to his message. Let us search our minds of the history that we understand and ask our selves, where did Jesus keep returning to? Well we know he liked mountain tops and seashores. And we know he liked to retreat into quiet places. And we should know that these are very important to the other place he continued to return to time and time again.

For me, I find refuge in any kind of "house of worship" and that includes very much so the great nature of our earth. Personally I like synagogues, and temples and churches and mosques and even Kivas. I like to drop in on the cool little places in airports and hospitals that are set aside for all kinds of religions. I find peace in these places and have never felt like I could not worship my God in any of them.

But our friend Jesus did not go to the synagogues for this purpose. He went there to do Battle.

Should we deny conflict at the cost of truth?

Hardened legalistic hearts

Yes Jesus prayed there and yes He taught there. But mainly what He did there was challenge the hardened hearts of the religious leaders of the day. He challenged their near caste system and He challenged the notion of putting a law above love.

He healed on the Sabbath in one such place and He attacked with vengeance the money changers outside another. He withstood being questioned by those who could have him killed for wrong answers and He spoke with authority that they had never seen before.

He corrected their application of scripture and He answered their hypotheticals meant to trap with direct and revolutionary fervor.

And ultimately He forgave sins in such places which lead to the only possible claim they could make against Him in order to crucify Him.

Do you mock those that go to war in the fields of the soul?

Does conflict make you sick not matter the cause?

See results

Why did a man who preached love and tolerance do this?

We see men and women nowadays that lead wonderful peaceful lives of loving and caring go to battle in such places. Almost like a moth drawn to a flame. Why did Jesus who was the epitome of love do such a thing.

There is no nutshell answer. But we can learn from such conduct.

Please do not confuse this with the physically violent acts of war. Please do not confuse with the missionary types that go door to door or overseas to do battle with the materialism and lack of faith.

This is the intentional act of engaging those who despise you for what you are. It is not for the faint of heart and it is most assuredly not for a young disciple with little experience. It is not restricted to a given religion or faith. And it is not just about belief or faith. It is about stemming the tide against spiritualism and a way of life that is not strictly empiricism and hedonism. The battles often seem innocuous and inconsequential and filled with rancor and personal attacks. Well I have to tell you that it is personal and should be. That should be a major point in fact. And the little seemingly unimportant skirmishes are designed to prevent major conflagration and conflict without resolution.

It is in these small one on one fights to the finish that understanding is gained. Communication established and open lines of familiarity and same language are founded.

We so often go about our business and live and let live that what we are actually doing is creating barriers between ourselves, because in our day to day we never get to the heart of the matter of what really matters.

Is there peace in this church or a commitment to truth?

Even without man there is conflict in nature.
Even without man there is conflict in nature. | Source

Let us learn to go where we are needed not just where we are wanted.

I cannot stand on a street corner and convert people to my faith. I just cannot get the hang of quoting some type of scripture and proclaiming that my interpretation is right and yours would be blasphemy if different. God did not give me such gifts. But since I can remember and before I understood I went to battle for my beliefs. A couple of times I have asked that this mantle be taken from me as I just love my love and peace.

So if, for you this is not a calling, then so be it. I would merely suggest that not everybody is meant to play soccer, in fact most are not. But everybody can be a soccer fan. And we can all take away from that field of battle some important lessons of the human condition and our relationship to our God.

I read some of that old testament stuff, the mayhem is horrendous. The waste of vengeance is palpable and shocking. But I take away from that certain helpful truths and understanding. So how much is it to ask that people nowadays do not just shun those that confront and criticize how the battle is fought but pay attention and learn from these confrontations that here are words yet in Somalia or the Sudan are lives at stake.

Let us hash out these differences here and hope that a greater understanding arises that may someday prevent those who would use faith in vane as a call to violence.

Start a new page in your life.

What we need to focus on is discerning what is worth the battle.
What we need to focus on is discerning what is worth the battle. | Source

We must all strive to understand conflict

© 2014 Eric Dierker

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I served on a door to door missionary group once. It was awesome. We all talk bad about them bible thumpers knocking on our door but I had a great time and still maintain some relationships in Christ started there. What can I say, ten doors and only one wants to talk and you can make that difference in love in their life. --- I love you!

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I recently accepted a call to serve as a missionary for our local congregation. I go with the full-time missionaries to visit people. As I have done so, I have been reminded repeatedly that the battle for the souls of man is raging all around us. We do not have to go to foreign places to be involved, we only need look around in our own back yards. The hearts of men are torn, wounded, and bleeding from the buffetings they experience as they search for truth and try to do right. The casualties are many, and there is a sore need for workers to help the wounded. We need not wait for a formal invitation to serve!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Eddy, see you in a bit.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Eric and voted up for sure. Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      If I had a nickel for every time I told the demon to get out of my head I would be a gazillionaire. I sure am glad that you and I are on this walk together.

    • cleaner3 profile image

      cleaner3 

      4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I battle my demons every day in my own mind.. I do not need help from no other than the faith I have in my heart.. thank you for reinforcing my beliefs.. AMEN brother, Amen.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, and as do you.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You're right, Eric, about the courage it takes to go on the battlefield. If we fight the good fight, we may still experience and share the love, peace and unity which you promote so well.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Some are blessed to just stand for good as you are my friend. Sleep well knowing that you bring steadfastness to those of us who are weak.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jodah you may have fear but appear fearless and this gives great hope to us that are afraid of the next day and even this day. You stand like the great oak and we are lucky to find shelter in your branches and trunk.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sister WanNess, yes I now call you sister, for you put up with my nonsense and seem to love me with my faults. A beacon is what you are and I shall look for it in my next soon travels through Chino Valley.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The greatest hypocrisy of them all...a holy war! We all must do our part to end this insanity; change begins with each of us. Well done my friend.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Eric, Yes we have to be willing to take the battlefield to stand up for our beliefs and what we think is right, as long as it's done with love. It doesn't matter what our religion, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, atheist even. As VVanNess says, "life is a battlefield".

    • VVanNess profile image

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Beautiful article! I believe we are always involved in a battle. Whether you are battling to keep your values, stand up for what you believe in or defend the ones you love, life is a battlefield.

      And if I could get into the spiritual battle I feel we are all fighting everyday, we would really feel like daily warriors in life, needing armor and all to protect ourselves.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian it has been my pleasure to learn about you and from you. Thank you.

    • Brian Prickril profile image

      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      I keep an open mind and an open heart. I am always willing to listen because I don't try to pretend that I know everything. I have my faith and my beliefs and most of them have grown from the teachings of others.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)