The headline read, “Killed by Friendly Fire.” Pat Tillman was killed in 2004 in the mountains of Afghanistan not by the enemy, but accidentally by his own army. This was a tragic event that received nationwide attention. His death was mourned by thousands.
Unfortunately this happens within the Body of Christ each and every week. Doctrinally sound pastors and Christian leaders are shot, so-to-speak, by those in their own army — by other pastors and other Christian leaders. And while this is taking place, the real enemy sits back and laughs, free from any opposition. In many cases we have lost sight of who the real enemy is. We get ready…..shoot……and then aim. We are duped into ‘sowing discord’, gossiping, and attacking others. The whole time this is taking place, we incorrectly believe that we are fighting for the sake of Christ. In reality, we have become a hindrance to the work of Christ.
There are several things we need to realize.
1- Satan is the real enemy, not each other.
2- Doctrinally sound pastors and churches are to be unified in fighting the enemy. This is done by focusing on the Gospel. Completely separating over styles of music, Bible versions, and other preferences is unnecessary and detrimental to the advancement of the Gospel.
3- As has often been said, “If you can’t say something nice (edifying) about someone, don’t say anything at all.” This needs to be practiced. Sure there are times when doctrinal error needs to be pointed out, but here we are talking about non-doctrinal issues.
4- Understand that we each have a responsibility to pray for each other. Over the course of the next year our church will highlight a different church in our area each week. We will pray that God will meet their needs, that the pastor will be strengthened and protected, that the gospel will be proclaimed, and that souls will be saved.
Let’s keep the crosshairs on the real enemy. Get Ready…..AIM…..THEN Shoot!