• Weapons in the Classroom

  • LEA Weekly Devotional

    Week of September 3, 2006

    Pentecost 13B


    Extended Reading: Ephesians 6:10–20


    Weapons in the Classroom


    “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon” (Ephesians 6:13–17 The Message).



    Be prepared! Sounds like the U.S. Coast Guard—always ready (semper paratus). In some Lutheran classrooms, the motto might be closer to whimper paratus. But we need not whimper, weep, or cower. Not us. Because …


    … not all weapons are banned in our classrooms!


    We have all the weapons we need: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation. We must use them. We must teach students how to use them too. These weapons are the only way to fight Satan—the author and dispenser of all enemies of education: ignorance, bad attitude, malice, prejudice, and eventually eternal damnation.


    You probably knew that your work is serious. Be assured that it’s even more than serious. Also be assured that the Holy Spirit has supplied you with a fully-equipped arsenal. Weapons, of course, are of little value unless you (and those you teach!) know how to use them. For example, if you’ve ever fired a large caliber gun and didn’t know what to expect … well, let’s just say you probably recoiled in pain. Or, if you shot an arrow you know not where, it probably landed where it could cost you a fine or a jail sentence.


    Anyway …


    Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are nice metaphors, but metaphors don’t make effective weapons unless you use them properly. Here is a brief guide:


    • Truth: Use it like a rock. A BIG rock. Be even bolder—a boulder! Smash lies with it. Lies like to creep into our classrooms. They may find comfortable residence with the families of our students too. Use the squash and squelch method on spurious teachings. Truth is found in the Bible. It’s the source of all truth. As you face worldly (and supernatural!) lies, use a good topical Bible or a concordance to find out what God says about such things.
    • Righteousness: Shoot down fly-by bombers who try to convince you that heaven is attainable through good behavior. The enemy can be subtle; some Christians “become” dangerously self-righteousness as they try to live a godly life. Fire away at them with Law and Gospel. Remind them they are sinners—sinners who will go to heaven only because of what Jesus did for them.
    • Peace: Is peace a weapon? It is when you apply it to the inevitable conflict that afflicts Christian ministries. Peace takes effort—self-control, compassion, mercy, and grace. Use it to smother the enemy’s attempt to destroy God’s places of teaching and worship.
    • Faith: This is the most basic of weapons. Some would call it trust. Use it like a knife to slash away at worry and anxiety. Use it to slit the throat of doubt and disbelief. By the way, this weapon is available only one way: The Holy Spirit creates a model unique to you and personally delivers it, cleaned and fueled by Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the Bible. Faith is the weapon that makes all other weapons work.
    • Salvation: This weapon strikes damnation dead! Like the other weapons, this is a gift. It was forged on the cross and at the empty tomb on Easter.


    So there you have it. Your very own cache of God-made weapons to fight every imaginable evil. And maybe even a few that you haven’t imagined. Yet.





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