Joseph Mower volunteered as a private in the Mexican War. In September, 1861 he received a Captain’s commission in the Union Army. By August, 1864 his rank rose to Major General of volunteers. Grant and Sherman repeatedly used him as a hammer against Confederate lines. Not only did he succeed magnificently; he never spoke of his success. He considered it sufficient glory that he led his men to break enemy lines. He slept with his men on whatever ground they occupied. He charged with his men when he ordered “Charge”. His peers spoke of him in glowing terms. Yet, for all that, he remained an anonymous warrior doing his job. But wherever he appeared in their front, Confederates steeled themselves to fight ferociously or be defeated. The War Years IV, 82-83. A work like Mower’s needed to be told, but wasn’t.
The work of Jesus Christ needed to be told and was at first, has been in history, is now being told and will continue to be till history ends!
The point of this blog is the commitment Mower made to warfare. He took total war seriously; he considered it necessary; in its pursuit he spared no one, including himself.
When Jesus came to earth, I John 3:8 says, he dedicated himself to destroying the Devil’s works. Which he did merrily, generously, unquestionably and, in his sacrifice and resurrection, finally, without a doubt! The apostles continued the Master’s work. The violence against Paul in Corinth and Ephesus proved the impact Christianity made on heathenism. The apostle and the Faith couldn’t be ignored, they were so obviously dangerous to unbelievers.
Where is Christian militance against satanic citadels today? Indeed, instead of action against whatever evil appears, don’t we take refuge in our worship services and small groups? Don’t we content ourselves more with being saved than being Christ’s witnesses? It’s for sure, like the black bear we’re lazy by nature. It’s for sure we need a challenge to get up and get at it. As disciples of Jesus, we’re even less ambitious. We climb rungs of the ladder only by being shoved up.
We need a change of perspective: from the obstacles which keep us fearful, to the Holy Spirit who inspires confidence to TRY. That brings the commitment to resolve that any time Satan crawls from his hole he’ll see more than his shadow.