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5 KEY LESSONS THE CHURCH SHOULD LEARN FROM THE MILITARY
1. BREATHTAKING TRAININGS: In the military, once you're marked for recruitment, you go through several screenings marked by severe trainings. Nobody recruits or gives you uniform or a gun until you prove fit and capable both intellectually and physically. You must drop the civilian mindset and carry the military attitude. How much pain can you take? If you don't succeed in these trainings you can't become a military man.
In church however, when someone gives his life to Christ, we shout Hallelujah and let him go. We forget that at that moment he's signed up for war and needs to be equipped. He needs the shield of faith and the sword of the word to fight but he has none because we gave him none. Many new believers don't know where to read in the Bible let alone understanding it or even knowing how to pray. Satan, knowing that he's ignorant begins to buffet and entice him with his former sins.
Unlike the military man who stays in camp with other cadets, the young believer is thrown right back to the ocean of worldliness and left alone without help. No wonder, many new believers never grow from infancy. Many of our new believers eventually go back to their sins though still coming to church. It is better not to win souls than win them and never disciple them
2. UNIFORM: a military man never jokes with his uniform. He's told that once he becomes a military man, he's no longer a civilian and should not mingle with civilian affairs. The scripture emphasize this, "No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer." (2 Timothy 2:4)
In the Church however, only very few churches and believers have uniforms that differentiate them from civilians (unbelievers). The dressing, attitude, dreams and mindset of the modern day believer, the choir or usher or prayer leader in church isn't different from that of the pop star. Same dressing, same haircut or hairdo, same make-up, same way of thinking. There seems to be no difference between the Christian soldier and the unbeliever (civilian)
3. OBEY THE LAST ORDER: the military trusts the boss with his life, that's why you don't argue with your commanding officer; whatever he tells you, you do. This brings decorum in the army.
The church however is filled with arrogant and rebellious soldiers. When the pastor speaks you see some people whispering to their friends "he doesn't know what he's saying." When the youth leader says "let's come and pray on Friday" someone would quickly raise his hand and say "I have to visit my uncle on that day, I can't make it." If you do that in the army, you're a piece of cake. There are too many people who know too much in church and that causes confusion
4. SAVE YOUR COMRADE: when a soldier is hit by a bullet, someone else quickly covers his position while another does everything to salvage his life. If it takes carrying the wounded on the shoulder and run in the midst of flying bullets, he does it without hesitation. You don't leave a wounded soldier in battle; every man fights and dies for each other
Let's come to the Christ soldiers, when a brethren falls into sin, for example, a brother is arrested for rape or fraud, he's wounded but instead of quickly rallying around him, covering his wounds, and fighting for him through prayer and fasting, we are the first to shout "let him bear the consequence of his sin. He's a hypocrite" and so on. Even in the kingdom of darkness, they fight for each other but in our kingdom, we stab each other's back. It is in Christendom that you see a pastor criticising another in public. Every man is fighting for himself and not for others. We need to change
5. LIFE-CONTRACT: when you sign up in the military, it means you've agreed to give up your life for the course. It's as simple as that. The military man always have it in mind that every battle might be his last. He's not afraid to die because he knows that's what he signed for
In the Christian army, many are not even aware that signing up for Christ is agreeing to fight and die for him. Paul mentioned this when he said what shall separate us from the love of Christ? He mentioned terrible things such as tribulation, famine and death, knowing that all these things are part of the package. Christianity is a war against the host of darkness, not a picnic or holiday
Today, many preachers tell their congregation that there is no war any more because Jesus had fought and won on the wars. Whereas Paul said, "the weapon of our warfare are not canal but mighty to the pulling down of stronghold." He also said, "for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers." The Christ soldier must be ready to give his life and everything he has for the course of the gospel. Many people never takes church or prayer seriously because they are not aware that we're at war
If the military could keep