Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | April 12, 2011


Defense was my strongpoint in both basketball and soccer growing up. I’m not sure why I liked playing on defense more than offense, but it was a part of the game that I enjoyed in both sports. Keeping the opponent from making a score was the goal, and I knew that my job was to get between the goal (or hoop) and the opponent. Defense in this sense was about preventing the other side from making a point.

Answering an even higher calling of defense are our soldiers. On both sides of our family we have had soldiers, some from both World Wars, others from the Vietnam War, and more who are currently in the military. In order to participate, these family members went through testing, training, and serving. I am so thankful for their service, along with the service of all of our military. Defense in their case was and is focused on our country, our freedom, our livelihood.

Christians have a shared goal of defending the Gospel the good news about Jesus.

Philippians 1:16 “The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.”

In Philippians 1, Paul tells us that he was put here for the defense of the Gospel. He wasn’t the only one. As Christians, we are all here to share the truth of Jesus Christ. We are here to let others know about John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

What is more important to defend than the Gospel of our Lord? Just as the defense of our country is more important than defense in a high school soccer game, the defense of the Gospel is more important than anything else, because with it we are defending our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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