Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Battlecry

As you all may have heard about one month ago a group known as Battlecry, (and I am a member of that group), swept across the nation with huge rallies in various cities.

Now it should come as no surprise to anyone that Battlecry has earned some harsh opposition (much of which is because Jerry Falwell supports the movement). Many are frightened at the imagery and lingo Battlecry leaders use. With all the war talk and imagery many are afraid of a militant youth movement. Don't worry, the war Battlecry makes reference to does not involve violent use of any real guns, grenades, tanks, submarines, or Navy Seals. Infact, its a culture war.

Members of Battlecry (such as myself) are tired of the filth corporate America is shoving down on youth. Porn all over the internet, sex the new sign of maturity, the use of drugs glorified all over etc... We are tired of all this corruption.

However, Battlecry does not put enough emphasis on the fact that the solution is Jesus Christ, the solution is resisting the corrupt world, and instead taking our corrupt ways and following Jesus more intensely then we followed the world.

The Apostolic Church was militant, and I don't mean that as in car bombers, and flying planes into towers. I mean that they were uncompromising, unwilling to yield to anything that tainted the Gospel, when they were persecuted they procliamed the Good News all the more. The kind of militant that turns the world upside down, the kind that replaces hate with love, the kind that will do what's right even when its unpopular, the kind that tells the world "God loves you", and shows the way out of the traps that we see in the world today.

I believe Paul explained it best in his letter to the Church at Ephesus: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]." Ephesians 6:12, KJV.


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