The line has been drawn, which side are you on? To be a Church militant is to be ready for battle. The battle is a combat between good and evil.
The line has been drawn. Are you for good or are you for evil?
The sword is the biblical symbol of the Church militant.
To go in battle is to use one of the most effective “sword” – The Truths of our faith.
You have to decide if you are going to be part of the Church Tolerant or the Church Militant.
The Church tolerant remains quiet on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, same sex attraction marriage, and the ISIS attacks, among others, which are the prevailing secular sword in our culture against us.
There is division among us, citizens of the world, just as families are being divided in ways such as ideology, principles and values. The division is on the basic unit of society: parents versus children, wives against spouses. It goes on to the community, parish life, country and within our own Catholic faith.
The full meaning of the sword In Matthew 10:34
“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth, but a sword.
To follow Jesus might mean to break away from your family, where Jesus is not acknowledged first and foremost. It might also mean that you have to be part of the larger community, outside of your family, who believes in the power of the cross.
The spiritual sword symbolizes the invisible split or division among the faithful and families. No matter what is the cost, we must follow Jesus.
Jesus desires everyone, even the sinner. He gave us the free will to choose Him.
He does not condone violence just as He asked Peter to put back his sword in the Garden of Gethsemane.
But in Luke 12:49-53, Jesus tells us that division is inevitable because of free will.
This is a radical and straightforward statement on what will happen if we follow Jesus.
Jesus is not talking about a physical sword that will kill the enemies. Jesus is talking about a spiritual sword that has to do with our free will. If we choose Him, we cut ourselves from the worldly culture of death. We cut ourselves from the darkness of sin. We cut ourselves from the lies of the devil.
This is our spiritual sword – leaving the life and ideologies of sin, to take up the cross and follow Jesus.
Put on your armor, shield and your sword as stated by Paul to the Ephesians.
You have the obligation to defend your family, your neighborhood, your country against the sword against you from the evil one.
God will not leave us stranded in this combat.