A minister received a phone call from a Baptist church in a nearby town in Georgia. The man on the other end said, “Do you have a shotgun?” Thinking the man was inviting him to go hunting, the minister replied, “What Southerner doesn’t have one?” The man said, “Then come down here to the church!”
This caused the minister concern. He replied, “Wait a minute, brother, what kind of fight are y’all having at the church?” The man replied, “It’s not a fight among the members. We got snakes at the church.”
The minister grabbed his shotgun and drove to the neighboring town. When he arrived at the church, he discovered several deacons and the preacher gathered. They had spotted a large copperhead. Then they saw several smaller copperheads. They began to shoot their guns at the serpents. Soon, two police officers arrived on the scene to investigate. However, when the cops realized that the deacons and preachers were shooting at copperheads, the officers wisely decided to stay out of the matter and allow the men of the church to handle the problem.
Eventually they killed three young snakes, but they never did find the big snake. True story!
While you may think this story is pointless, I see several lessons here. First, the church is better off if the deacons and preacher are fighting on the same side. Second, the church needs to fight against the schemes of the Old Serpent, the Devil, who wishes to slither his way into the church and wreak havoc. Third, don’t think that because you have defeated some of his demons, that you can kick back and take it easy, because the Big Snake is still on the loose. As scripture says, “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8, HCSB).
Lion or snake or whatever he’s called, he’s dangerous. So keep your weapon ready (that’s your Bible: see Ephesians 6:17 and Hebrews 4:12).
(Copyright 2012 by Bob Rogers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read this column each Friday in the Herald. Visit my blog at www.bobrogers.me.)