In this edition of War Cry, we continue the theme of warfare touched on in Jules Badger’s excellent Heavy Metal series in previous editions, but this time Major Colleen Marshall is challenging us to reclaim the warrior spirit
of The Salvation Army.
I clearly remember witnessing this warrior spirit in our local corps when I was growing up. I remember testimony time, when people would stand up and testify with tears streaming down their faces. They would challenge us to fervent prayer, to fully trust in Jesus Christ and live a life dedicated to sharing the gospel.
There is a need to translate this passion for Christ to our generations. To call our people to purposefully follow in the paths laid down for us by earlier believers. It is not that this is lost to us, but we need to reclaim the warrior spirit and passion and vision of people like the Booths, Brengle and Maraea Morris and Hera Stirling.
We have freely propagated the gospel around the world for decades, and in most countries there has been free and easy access. A window of opportunity is still open to us, but we now know this can be shut down within 48 hours, and our ability to access the harvest changes and requires innovation and adaptability. Are we up to the challenge? Will we pray and ask for new and compelling ways to reach our communities with the Good News?
Let us walk in the spiritual continuum passed to us by people who have sown liberally in the fields that are indeed still ‘ripe unto harvest’.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Ki te hapa tētahi o koutou i te mātauranga, me īnoi ia ki te Atua, e hōmai nui nei ki te katoa, kāhore hoki āna tāwai mai; ā ka hōmai ki a ia.