Friday, August 28, 2015

Providing for Your Own

1 Timothy 5:8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Recent events, be they from Charleston, SC; Chattanooga, TN; Roanoke, VA; or on a train in France illustrate once again that there are evil men in this world who would do you and those you care for harm.

It is the duty of those of us in positions of responsibility to make provision for the needs and protection of those entrusted to our safe keeping.

Paul tells us that if one does not provide for his own he is worse than an infidel.

According to Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon, the word translated provide, literally means: “1) to perceive before, foresee; 2) to provide, think of beforehand.”

So we are to plan ahead to meet the needs of our family and loved ones.

We must be aware of our surroundings and we must be prepared to defend our own.

As a first step, I believe that this means that we should go armed. Armed and prepared to fight back against the evil that surrounds. Things were evidently little different in the time of our Lord.

Luke 22:36 
Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

All the laws in the world will not persuade evil men to give up the tools that they use in the performance of their wicked deeds. Therefore, we must be prepared to fight back with all that we have at our disposal, and it only makes sense for us to be at least as well equipped as those evildoers.

Any government that would deprive good men of the tools they need to protect their own is an illegitimate government and is unworthy of any respect or loyalty.

“No Firearms” signs will not deter evil men. They should not deter you from making the necessary preparations to protect those that are yours. We have a natural and a God-given right to go armed.

Below is a picture of a sign that is posted at Landmark Baptist Church. The sign will protect no one, but our armed congregation is prepared to face the evil that may come our way.

It is important to always be aware of your surroundings (situational awareness) and to be prepared to meet evil should it rear its ugly head. Whether it be in church or your job or a vacation or your living room.

There is a saying prevalent in the Marine Corps, though I have no idea of who may have originally coined it: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Let this be your guide as you venture forth in this increasingly dangerous and ungodly nation in which we live.

We are not guaranteed temporal victory in every encounter with evil, but those of us who know the Lord are assured of the ultimate outcome. 

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