Standing in the waiting room of a local shop waiting on my car tire to be fixed up, my cell phone went off. It was our daughter from southern California, but where she was living at the time, the cell phone reception was less than optimal, so I only heard snatches of her conversation. It went something like this:
“Hi, mom…(static)…thought you might have seen the news…(static)…fires…(static)…we’re fine…(static)…”
Not being from that area, I have since learned that they have a “fire season” much like tornado season where I live. Even when they see the smoke in the distance, locals are well-informed in the drill.
To modify a culturally well known phrase, “disasters happen”. From nature-born Midwest tornadoes to man-made terrorist exploits, we live in a dangerous environment this side of eternity, some obviously more so than others. So it’s important that we “know the drill”, and prepare, practice, and repeat, until it’s second nature.
Case in point: Morgan Stanley Corporation is credited with some amazing leadership prior to, during, and after the 9/11 tragedy, impressively on “prior to”. They found that…
“…a range of factors, from disaster contingency plans to the actions of well-trained managers, enabled Morgan Stanley—the largest tenant in the World Trade Center—to come through the disaster with relatively little loss of life. Six of Morgan Stanley’s 3,700 employees who worked in the World Trade Center died in the attacks.” *
Of course, there are the complainers. One story I heard was of the evac drills that took place quarterly, as in “do we have to do this AGAIN??” It may have been this very company, and the ones saved were probably some of the complainers.
So, now this…
“Drills are economically and psychologically important, he said, adding that employees often ask these days about when the next drill will take place.” *
Corporate America recognizes the importance of preparation for the welfare of their people.
What about Christians?
I would contend that one of the biggest spiritual terrorist attacks comes in the form that is quite a bit more subtle than a roaring 747, but causes massive damage to the body of Christ just as devastating. It’s called “taking offense”. And the word taking is very important, since just because someone gives me something, doesn’t mean I have to take it. But if I do, I’m going down.
So, what is one to do?
Prepare. In fact, it would seem that a satanic attack so prevalent in the church should be constantly anticipated, prepared for, and drilled in practical and REPEATED ways—via teaching, small group discussion, required study for leadership, youth group roll playing (adults also!) and various other creative in-roads into the devil’s camp. John Bevere’s insightful and powerful book, The Bait of Satan, is a great start, (also in DVD format). Personally, I feel it should be text for every believer, because our unity is the Lord’s heart for His people, and we break it—both our unity and His heart—when we are offended.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”
Emphasis mine—and hopefully yours as well. Because, even though you may not realize it, there’s a plane headed your way.
*Quotes from Harvard Business School at http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/2690.html
John 17:20 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.