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Armed with God’s Word

By Allen Buchanan

Mitchell County


After drinking his Coca-Cola, the pilot decided to toss the empty glass bottle out the window of his small airplane as he flew over the desert of Africa. Little did he know that on the earth’s floor below, the bottle would make such an impact. Fortunately, the bottle had not crashed down on anyone’s head. Instead, it hit the ground hard and didn’t shatter. One of the local tribesmen happened to see it just about the time it hit the ground. He didn’t have a clue as to what it was, or that something could fall out of the sky. As he picked it up to examine it, others were watching and came over to see too. As quickly as this bottle had entered his life, his personality had changed, and he wasn’t willing to share. His next thought was what to do with it? Before long he had discovered he could carry sand, water and even food in it. His fellow tribesmen thought he should share the bottle. But there was only one and everyone seem to want it as their own. This led to problems within the tribe. Arguments and fights broke out over the possession of one bottle. The tribal leader stepped in and declared it must be returned before someone got hurt or even killed for it. He explains that the gods must be crazy to send them such an object. After the tribe tried to throw it back up in the sky where it had come from, they determined that since the world was flat, the leader would walk to the end of the earth and drop it off. This story came from the 1980 Indie film, “The God’s Must Be Crazy”.

I told you about the Coca-Cola bottle as a way to say that with everything made, it started out with good intentions. Once Satan got his hands on it, we started spinning downward and out-of-control. After the school shootings in Parkland, FL recently, I’d give anything to have the answer that would stop all this violence once and for all. My heart is shocked each time I hear of another shooting because the numbers keep increasing.  Can it all be blamed on guns? I doubt it.  Weapons have been around throughout history and used in warfare and for protection. Guns have provided many meals for starving families.

Back in the early 90’s as technology was coming on the scene, I encouraged people of all ages to make use of it to expand their imagination. All the endless possibilities that could now be accomplished through a computer chip was simply amazing. Yet, here in 2018, I wish to some degree, this technology had skipped our generation or not happened at all.

If we look at just one avenue of shootings within America, say high school; is it possible that our teenagers do this to get their name in print or to get many likes or hits on Facebook and YouTube? The youth have always wanted to be loved and given as much attention as possible. If they don’t get it at home, social media is there to catch them. Somewhere along the way, Satan has convinced them that their talents or sports are no longer the best places to grab their ten minutes of fame. You’ve got to kill. No, a thousand times No! God’s word says otherwise; Exodus 20:13 states “Thou shalt not kill.”  Before we can get anyone to obey God’s word, they must first know Him. It’s too late now to pray that everyone who was killed in Parkland was saved. It’s not too late to make sure your teenager has Jesus in their heart the next time they enter their high school campus. Arm your child! Not with guns, but with God’s Word.

“My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-14 KJV



Allen Buchanan