Where’s your courage?
In Joshua 23:5-6, Joshua, the leader of Israel after Moses, is very old and is addressing the people as he nears the end of his life.
“And the Lord your God will expel them from before you and drive them out of your sight. So you shall possess their land, as the Lord your God promised you. Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left.”
The Israelites are not told to have courage in order to fight their physical enemies. They did not need it to wage physical war because God would fight for them. They were told they needed courage to keep the Law, to follow after God.
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.
Even an able bodied person will tell you that mental battles are harder than physical battles. Christians who are striving to live for Christ will tell you spiritual battles are more draining. You know the saying “It’s all in your head”? Well, maybe it’s all in your heart. When you seek to follow the Lord with all your heart, it’s amazing how He takes care of the physical obstacles.
The thing is, when God says to be courageous, He means it takes guts to follow His way over the world. Courage means no compromise. Courage means doing what God says is right. Courage means not accepting the lesser of two evils because it’s still evil. Courage means standing against a culture that does not follow the Bible.
Abolitionism is courageous Christianity.