There’s something about being a warrior that is awesome. I don’t know what it is. I see it in the tabletop role playing games. It’s found in the classic Dungeons and Dragon’s games (the original tabletop role playing game). It’s found in the likes of the Klingon’s in Star Trek…heck, it’s found in Captain Kirk and even in the calm and collected Captain Picard and the awesomeness of Captain Janeway. It’s found in TV shows that look at those heroes that stand tall against adversity and are willing to fight for what’s right. To fight for justice, for the hurting, for the oppressed. To fight for what they believe in.
And this is popular in our world today. Star Wars: The Force Awakens had it’s heroes of Poe, Finn, and Rey. The Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, Captain America, and the like have busted box offices. But even the simplest TV show with a small hero who does what’s right in the midst of conflict is always beloved and held dear.
Warriors big and small are looked up to for these reasons–to fight for what’s right, to make the tough decisions in the midst of controversy, to stand up for others. This is a warrior.
And this isn’t new. This desire for a warrior has been around for centuries. For millenniums. To be honest, it’s part of our human nature to want a warrior. Someone to fight. And to be that warrior as well, someone who stands up for the hurting, the oppressed, the weak, the one’s who can’t speak up for themselves.
As human beings, we are made in the image of God. And God is displayed as a great warrior
“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth….Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands. The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.” Isaiah 42:10, 12-13
But he’s more than just that. He’s a gentle warrior who protects his people
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
God is a great warrior who rejoices over his people. He is the great warrior who sings songs of deliverance to his people.
In other areas of the Old Testament, God is called the LORD Almighty or the LORD of Hosts. The LORD of Hosts is so much cooler because it refers to the fact that God is the one who leads the heavenly armies. He is the one that leads the angels of heaven who fight for you. He fights for you because the battle belongs to the LORD.
In Revelation 19, Jesus is displayed as this mighty warrior. He is shown to be the one who has written on him King of Kings and Lord of Lords and fights for the justice of the people. He is the one who leads heavens armies, the hosts of heaven, to fight for the weak, the oppressed, the hurting, and all who call on his name.
What’s awesome is that Jesus isn’t the meek and mild that we seem to see him as. He isn’t that blond hair blue eyed dude knocking on the door. He is God in the flesh. God the Mighty Warrior who saves in the flesh. And he has come to do battle against sin and death. He came to fight for you and to die for you so that you don’t have to fight life on your own.
And so there is in each of us a warrior’s heart. In some people it desires to come out to fight for a cause. For others, it has been so suppressed that we don’t know what to do with it. I’ve written in the past on another sight called The Network, about forming men of faith. And it is in forming that warrior’s heart in each man. Each man has that warrior’s heart in them.
That warrior’s heart needs to be fostered, nurtured, and helped brought forth. There are dragons to be slayed. Dragons in the form of injustice, oppression, poverty, and hurt. And there is a need to stand up to slay these dragons, to have the warrior’s yell and battle cry. At the same time, there is the need to be the gentle warrior who can sing over others, take delight in family and friends, and sing those songs of deliverance.
Do you have the warrior’s heart? Unleash it and see what God will do with a warrior’s heart in you.