Welcome Reader Friends and New Subscribers! Thanks for joining us for Part IV of David’s Survival Series, “The Socio-Political Conditions.” Click here to begin with Part I, Environmental Conditions. Now, here’s David—
Dear Friends, Are you surviving the “jungle” of the Christian walk? Well, in this series of posts, I’ve been sharing some of my research for future novels, as well as parallels to the Christian life. We’ve also been checking in on Scott the Nebraskan as he treks through the jungles of Laos with a pack of Bibles. Here’s condition number four…
Tensions and Terrors
Scott held a leaf in front of his face, and barely breathed as the patrol passed him on the trail only three yards away. The soldiers were looking for him since he hadn’t returned to the government escort assigned to him in the communist country. They surely didn’t expect a simple man from Nebraska to survive in the Asian jungle.
And maybe Scott wouldn’t have survived if he hadn’t been aware of the hostilities between Christians and Hmong villagers. Tensions were high, but God’s Word was sharp, and His counsel was rich in wisdom, guiding Scott in his decisions. Scott wasn’t ignorant of the dangerous barriers before him, but even those dangers wouldn’t cause him to flee…
The Socio-Political Conditions
If a soldier rushes onto a scene where civilians are in need of help, without regarding the socio-political conditions in the region, dysfunction will be the least of his problems. Friendly and hostile neighbors must be considered—either to utilize or avoid—for survival.
Similarly, a Christian cannot pretend that social and political conditions do not exist in the church—or that cults aren’t surrounding and seeking to infiltrate the church. “Friendlies” must be identified, and enemies of the cross must be categorized as such. If one doesn’t know his neighbors, he can’t know which message they need, or what spiritual weapons must be employed for survival.
We can’t ignore the conditions of our survival, and knowing the friendly or hostile atmosphere of our acquaintances (toward God) directly affects our survival as a Christian light.
Until next time, see you in the field!
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COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY, David shares more from his recent research in “Two Grave Threats to Survival.”