Imagine this scene: Two armies engaged in fierce combat on a battlefield to win the right for their King to rule a kingdom. On one side, all of the soldiers fight with a vengeance because they are driven by a king who will torture them if they don’t fight fiercely. The live, breathe and eat to win the battle! On the other side, there are only a few who fight with all their might. The rest are those who fight part time, or those who fight when they feel like it, when it’s convenient, when they have nothing else to do, or—when they feel guilty for not doing their share—because, after all–their King won’t torture them for not being in the battle. Even though the second army eventually wins the war, many key battles are lost and many lives perish unnecessarily. Years later, when the winning army gathers, their King shows them photos of the millions who perished—people who could have been saved–had the full army been engaged in the war. He asks the question: “Was whatever you chose to do instead of being engaged in battle worth these lives?” What a challenge for us! Are we somewhere off of the battlefield because we are–fearful of what others think, busy, having too much fun, too busy trying to make ends meet, pursuing the temporal treasures, caught up in drama, or–anything else that takes us away from the war? The forces of evil are serious about winning. If we get our minds untangled from distraction, we will see the battlefield–the genocide of the unborn, abuse of the innocent, souls slipping off to eternal damnation, and–all of the carnage being wrought by the evil around us. We are locked in a life and death battle and we mustn’t fool around with our time and our weapons. We are challenged to: “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Eph. 6:14-18a) Jesus lived and died by this code of love and and honor and His sacrifice on the battlefield purchased our freedom. Will we bless Our Father (and ourselves) and choose to live by the same code of love and honor?