It’s time to fight.
Think of these as marching orders from I Timothy 6.
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.
This only makes sense when you realize there is an enemy that wants to kill you, kill your soul eternally, take away all you have and send your loved ones to hell as well.
If this was someone knocking on your front door, saying “hello, I’ve come to kill you all and send you to hell” you would fight, you would protect your loved ones.
But the enemy of your faith that wants to kill you doesn’t knock on your door (usually) instead sends messages to you on Sunday morning when worship seems a little too hard to get too, on Tuesday when you really want to stay angry at that person, and on Thursday when you’re alone and it doesn’t matter if you watch and do and go to those hurtful places. This enemy whispers in your ear and wants to kill you forever.
This is war and the good news you have in this war is that Jesus has already defeated the enemy and given you the victory, that victory that holds you tight in faith.
But that doesn’t stop the enemy of your soul from trying to kill you eternally. Don’t pretend this fight doesn’t exist, it does and it means everything for you and all those you love.
Fight the good fight of faith and let Jesus prepare you to fight the enemy in His Word and Sacraments.