Good morning everyone. I hope everyone had an awesome holiday celebrating Independence Day. Regardless of the festivities, it is always a blessing when God graces us to see another day – sunshine or rain, spring time or fall! It is good to be alive.
This past two weeks, with everything that is going on in the world, my mind kept coming back to ‘friendly fire.’ In military terms, we all know that ‘friendly fire’ is when weapons are fired from one’s own side, causing accidental injury or death to one’s own forces – while attempting to attack the enemy.
During combat, there are three types of scenarios that can create an environment or result in instances of ‘friendly fire,’ and they are Errors of Position, Identification, and Response Inhibition. An Error of Position occurs when the combatants are fighting in close proximity to one another – for example, hand-to-hand combat. With inaccurate targeting, one could hit one’s own forces.
The Error of Identification is most likely to occur when you have troops from many nations fighting as allies in the same war. Mistakenly, one nation’s armed forces can confuse another allied nation’s troops as the enemy – believing they are the enemy and firing upon and killing them. The Error of Response Inhibition is defined as instances when a soldier is in difficult or unfamiliar terrain, poor weather conditions, navigating with low visibility, and combat stress can cause a soldier to become disoriented. As a result, when gunfire is exchanged, the direction from which the enemy fire is coming may not be easily identifiable causing a solider to return fire in the wrong direction.
Needless to say, in my opinion, enemy fire or friendly fire – dead is dead, ruin is ruin, havoc is havoc. Sometimes, there is no returning, regrouping from its aftermath. That is one of the risks you take when you fight in a war.
“But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another,” (Galatians 5:15). “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand,” (Matthew 12:25b).
Since the accessibility of social media has increased over the years, we have witnessed a significant surge in the number of people who have taken to it to spread their hate messages and disdain for one thing or another – AND, SADLY TO SAY CHRISTIANS ARE NO EXCEPTION!
Some of it is distasteful, some of it is outright lies and fabrications, and some of it is the truth – but, it is all protected under our freedom of speech. However, as Christians, how do we discern what is edifying and what is not? We criticize one another’s ministries! We criticize the cross a group erected on the highway as a reminder of God’s grace to travelers! We criticize and sow seeds of discord – but, to what end? Whose side are you fighting on? Whose kingdom are you building and promoting? The Lord’s? Or, the devil’s?
Most Christian’s battle scars come from other ‘so called’ Christians – friendly fire. But, there is nothing pleasant about it when we are destroying one another with harsh words and bitter judgments – stumbling blocks that cause weak believers to fall by the wayside. When it comes to the work of the ministry, I am going to stick with the foundation that Christ laid, “Upon this rock, I have built my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” IT IS TIME TO STOP ‘DOING CHURCH,’ ‘GOING TO CHURCH,’ AND START ‘BEING THE CHURCH.’
We are supposed to be the salt of the earth, even on social media. So, stop the ‘friendly fire.’ It may not be your intention, but can’t you see the damage you are doing to the Body of Christ and the cause of Christianity in the eyes of the unbeliever? We are not better than they are when we engage in these social media ramblings and discord. Remember, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” You cannot hide behind your monitor and keyboard. The Saints used to sing a song, “Come out of that corner, you can’t hide! Come out of that corner, you can’t hide! Come out of that corner, you can’t hide! God told me to tell you – YOU CAN’T HIDE!”
“Christ’s expectation for His church is that we walk in power, unity, and maturity,” (James, Yvonne, Mending the Divide, Baring My Soul, Inspirational Article Section, pg 15). Let us stop following the world’s leaders, and take a challenge to be the change we want to see in the world. Let us as Christians take a challenge to combat and confront negativity with positivity! To combat reckless wordings with the Word of God!
BY ALL MEANS, CEASE FIRE! I AM YOUR SISTER! HE IS YOUR BROTHER! MORE IMPORTANTLY, JESUS IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR!
“Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh,” (James 3:5-12).
Friendly Fire ~~~ Yvonne James | https://www.yvonnejames.com | © Yvonne James (aka Elder Yvonne James) and Blogging with Yvonne, 2010-2017.