Finders are Losers while Losers are Finders
The business of the church is to be busy with the commission given her by the Christ. The present concern and occupation with self organized and campaign for protection can’t be spiritual. I doubt if that fits into WWJD (what would Jesus do?) considering the context in Matt 16:22-27.
Peter rebuked him and gave a “prophetic word” of that shall not be your portion, when christ spoke of the challenge awaiting him.
His response to Peter: “Get behind Me satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
He that loves his life will loose it, he that looses it will find it.
I taught my sons early enough to remember from the words of Christ that finders are losers while losers are finders (Matt 16:25).
I think the church is concerned with the extinction of a religion and how to organize its safety. A religion may go into extinction but not the way. The Christian faith is not a religion; it can’t go into extinction. The history of the church was punctuated with various assaults like the ones being witnessed now globally. The church only gets stronger against the assaults of the gates of hell.
We are His concern (Acts 9:4-5), any attempt against us is one against Him; His work and desires are our concern, He asked us to occupy till He comes. That charge cannot be carried out with self pity and appetite for security.
These are part of the signs of the times. Political calculations and organizational planning cannot change them.
If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
I understand why we are wrongly concerned.
A pastor once told me he dislikes the hymn with the lines: I’ll be a good soldier, I’ll die at my post.” For Him it is not spiritual being negative confession.
I was scared! With this type of thinking we will see more of mixing the preaching of the gospel with political and organized fight for protection.
Let us discern the sign of the times!