Of all my three kids, my dear, sweet Matthew (now 10 years old) is my warrior at heart. At age 2, he was fascinated with the story of David and Goliath. We would act it out over and over, with him as David and Daddy as Goliath. (Janna or I were assigned exciting roles such as the scared Israelites or King Saul.) While he is not an aggressive or violent boy, battle stories have always captured his interest. This year, we have been studying the Civil War and going through the major battles one at a time in great detail. At the moment, we are doing a side look at the various guns, swords and cannon used in the war. And to be honest (now, don't tell anyone!), I have loved learning along with him. Maybe it's because despite my calm exterior, I am a warrior too. I think you know what that looks like. You just try messing around with any mom's kids and watch out...mama bear is gonna get you! I believe that while we are nurturers by nature, God has also built into every mother a desire to protect her own. It is quite a beautiful combination.
You'd have to be living in a hole to not realize that the world out there isn't really getting friendlier, especially to those who love Jesus. That really shouldn't come as a surprise because we're not home yet. There is a very real enemy out there who opposes us (1 Peter 5:8) and is only too happy and delighted to capture the hearts of God's children. As a mother, the thought that any one dare mess with my children gets my dander up. Whether it comes in the form of seductive media, ungodly role models or subtle lies whispered into their hearts, I am going to war. I am reading Stormie Omartian's The Power of a Praying Parent and she writes, "Remember, your battle is not with your son or daughter. 'For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places' (Eph. 6:12). Your battle is with the enemy. The good news is that Jesus has given you authority 'over all the power of the enemy' (Luke 10:19). Don't be afraid to take advantage of that." Our job is to take that authority and use it on our children's behalf and fight through prayer. By praying for our kids, we are letting Satan know, "Don't mess with my kids!"
Fighting the enemy is defensive warfare; fighting for what is right and good is offensive warfare. As believers, we are to enter into the battle and push towards righteousness, justice and holiness in our culture. We are not to fight every battle, but we need to pick the most important ones and put our all into it, heart and soul. For me, this has taken the form of homeschooling. While some may look at homeschooling as an over-protective measure, I see it as a way to impart and plant good things in my children as well. I don't believe I am to isolate my children from the realities of life here. But I don't want them to always be living scared. I want them to be equipped with what they need to take the offensive, to take a stand for the things of God, courageously, boldly and faithfully. In order for them to do that, I need to first lead the way. Moms, we need to lead the charge!
If we as mothers do not stand up and fight, what kind of world will our children be left with? Our grandchildren? As a mother, I believe that I need to remember that this world is not my home and that until I reach heaven, I will always be at war. I confess that I have been guilty of just slipping into life here a little too comfortably at times. God has had to shake me out of my stupor, open my eyes to the unseen realities, and push me back into the battle.
The good news is that we are victors in the battle. Even if the enemy overwhelms us, even if we are 'considered as sheep to be slaughtered', we can confidently say that "we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Rom. 8:37). One mom cannot make an army, but a band of mothers together in Christ can shake a culture. Let's fight!
This is part 4 of a 5 part series. You can find the rest of them here.