While I was stunned and hurt by the phone call I wasn’t that surprised with the news of yet another dear friend committing suicide. Why? Because the third way I can always tell a legalist is by what their Peace based on – what they call Victory!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
One day some highly decorated colonel had just delivered a stirring lecture but something hit me and, well the conversation went like this:
Me: “Colonel you stated that the worst thing a military could do before an engagement is to not determine what victory looked like is this correct?”
Colonel: “Yes, that is correct!”
Me: “Then why does America keep repeating that same mistake?”
My point is not to get into a military or political debate but rather to show that even the greatest minds can overlook the simplest truth.
For a Grace-Full Christian victory has already been won! Victory looks like the cross of Jesus, the battle is over, they are no longer under the law and perfect Rest and Peace are in every breath that they hold the Solid Rock in realization!
For the legalist Christian the victory is at the end of life with constant struggle here because they are fighting a battle that cannot be won! Victory looks like obedience to the law. Looking right to the outside world produces a comfort zone of morally accepted decency, they seek out people who will accept them, pat them on the back for their effort. The more they do the greater their peace which is momentary at best and dependent on emotionalism!
Jesus came to give total Peace – NOT in the there and then, sweet by and by BUT in the Here and Now with the realization and understanding that Victory, Total, Complete and Utter VICTORY is complete!
MOST CHRISTIANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE STATEMENT EVEN THOUGH THEY SAY THEY AGREE WITH IT!