"The Fight of the Righteous" by Ruxandra Ionce
This illustration is a visual representation of the passage from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, which so clearly portrays the Christian in the arena of life:
"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”
We look at the world around us and at our own lives and we cannot help but feel the frustration and revolt to a cruel reality: whatever is good, noble, and righteous are aggressively attacked from all sides and we feel disabled and incapable of changing anything. Exactly like the lion surrounded by vicious jackals, we feel surrounded and close to capitulation.
We can so easily give up hope and think that evil will prevail. But we know, no matter what our emotions might lead us to think, that we are never destroyed and never forsaken. When we are in complete darkness, we have the light of the Logos! We do not walk by sight but by faith, for sight can only show us a hopeless reality, but faith shows us the ultimate reality of eternity and victory in Christ! We have the Holy Spirit, we have the armor, and we have a way out!
Does this illustration resonate with you as a conservative Christian? In what ways have you felt afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, and struct down? How have you persisted in the battle and continued in the fight for God's glory?
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