I am proud to say, I was brought up in a military family. I want to express my thanks and admiration to all who have or will serve in the armed forces.
I’m familiar with the term “friendly fire.”
I can’t begin to imagine the pain a family faces with friendly fire. Death or injury by any means is a tragedy. To die or be wounded at the hands of your own people is horrific. One is considered a hero if they die in war. What consolation is it if it’s friendly fire…?
What about the person that received the wrong coordinates or other miscommunication…?
I’m saddened to see friendly fire in our churches. We expect attacks from the adversary. If a flood or hurricane comes through,you can rest assured we will pull together, giving our finances, as well as time, to clean and rebuild.
We are the body of Christ. Also known as the bride of Christ. When we cause pain to our brother or sister, it’s like we have an autoimmune disease, wherein the body attacks itself. Talk about friendly fire.
The United States is anything but united right now. We know there is power in numbers, but the power of unity surpasses that of the multitudes. Take for instance the story of Gideon found in the fourth chapter of Judges where God dwindled an army of 32,000 down to 300. Yet they won the battle against the Midianites and the Amalekites.
We are one body with many members. We are “the bride” of Christ.
“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism…” (Ephesians 4:3-5)
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1)
Does my heart have the proper coordinates? Are all my communications appropriate?