I stood in a church one Sunday and listened to a young woman express her disdain for the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers. In her view, the word “soldiers” should not be used in the context of Christianity; it was politically incorrect and offensive. Obviously, she hasn’t read much about how Paul lived and what he wrote, nor does she understand, as Christian author Mike Adams puts it, “Jesus was not Mr. Rogers. He had little tolerance for the smug moral superiority of those who grasp the truth but lack the faith and courage necessary to defend it.”
You may think the following article by Mr. Adams has nothing to do with the subject of this website. Oh, but it does. Please read “Onward Christian Pansies.”
Who do you work for — God or man? When was the last time you truly lived everything that you believe? Preached everything that you believe? Even at the cost of your “job”? Depending upon your answers, you may want to dive deeper into your handbook (God’s Bible) to understand your requirements as His employee (soldier for Christ).
In 2 Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy, a man who would have to step up and lead, to "endure hardship like a good soldier." We are to march in line behind Christ, stand the test and not be ashamed of the Gospel. Speak it! Live it! Whatever it costs! Paul says we are not to be "entangled with civilian affairs." That means we are not to be involved in pursuits that are of the world and not of God. At the same time, we are not to be silent concerning the Gospel in order to avoid human hardship at the hands of other humans because we fear losing our friends, our jobs -- our lives. "Endure everything for the sake of the elect." We must endure everything for the sake of The Church, those who believe in the Kingdom of God, because we are under His superior leadership and must obey and please Him first. We are to die to this world (and the opinions that are contrary to God's Word) and serve in God's army. Read that last sentence again. Are you getting entangled in people's worldly and Godless opinions just to get along? Paul knew he had to leave and was warning the timid Timothy that he must stand firm and direct The Church in order to become a worker "approved by God." In other words, none of us can be Christian pansies and expect God's approval.