Casualties of War


Recently I was watching the HBO series based on Stephen Ambrose book “Band of Brothers.”

The battle scenes are intense and graphic, and give you a sense although not the reality of what it must have been like to be there.
In any war there are casualties. Some wounded, some captured, some die.
But do you ever think about the casualties of the spiritual war that we are in?
A war with an enemy who never lets up, who never takes a break. Whose attacks come viciously and often.
And sometimes his flaming arrows, his weapons of war hit the mark, wound and injure.
But I don’t think we  see the wounded  in this war as casualties.
Instead we see their wounds as failures
Sexual immorality
Moral failure
Failed relationships
Rebellious children
Bad decisions
And we leave the wounded on the battlefield.
To a soldier in battle the cause of the wound is unimportant.
The priority is to get the injured to safety for treatment.
And so it must be for us.
We cannot allow the wounded to die untreated as much as it depends on us.

Lord forgive me for the times I have focused on the person, the circumstances  and not the wound.
Judging them unworthy of my care, making excuses not to help, leaving them alone.
Help me to have the heart of the Samaritan who did not look at the person or the circumstances  but at the wounds and did what was necessary.

25 thoughts on “Casualties of War

    1. It is also encouraging to me that young men and women like you get it. You will be the ones to carry the battle forward now and in the years to come. Remember the words of Jesus
      “On this rock (small stones Peter and those yet to come) I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

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  1. Sexual immorality, moral failure, failed relationships, rebellious children, bad decisions and addictions are explained through psychiatric problems along with other contributing sources that may lead to mental sickness such as depression or worse. These problems are often bought on by the stresses of human life, weak disposition, gullibility and even genetics may play a part. We do not all have the same resilience when it comes to handling problems or pressures and not any child I have ever known has perfect behavioural practices.
    None of this has anything to do with a war against evil or the devils flaming arrows, this mindset is going back to the middle ages when mental sickness was thought to be the devils work and in many cases, they tried to beat it out of the person or drill a hole in their heads to get the devil out. Let us thank your God this has been stamped out.


    1. I respectfully disagree with your position that all of human failure is due to psychiatric issues, mental sickness and depression.
      You would have to eliminate a good portion of Scripture to validate this view. And along with it deny the existence of good and evil.
      I will agree that not all of these issues are due to satanic influence. But to disregard those influences outright is dangerous. And regardless of that you miss the main point of my post, the care and help that should be given to those who are hurt and wounded.
      In reference to your last remark that attempts to equate torture ( I would believe inspired by the “devil” you deny exists) with believing there exists good and evil, that practice has been replaced with cutting off the heads of those who believe differently, and the murder of men women and children
      But you can keep telling yourself it’s just a matter of genetics, disposition and gullibility or mental sickness.

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      1. As for you, don’t you remember how you used to just exist? Corpses, dead in life, buried by transgressions,  wandering the course of this perverse world. You were the offspring of the prince of the power of air—oh, how he owned you, just as he still controls those living in disobedience. I’m not talking about the outsiders alone;  we were all guilty of falling headlong for the persuasive passions of this world; we all have had our fill of indulging the flesh and mind, obeying impulses to follow perverse thoughts motivated by dark powers. As a result, our natural inclinations led us to be children of wrath, just like the rest of humankind.
        – Ephesians 2:1-3


    2. Well sklyjd we all have our “superstitions” fortunately the beliefs I hold are backed by infallible truth (which I suspect along with Christianity you have a problem with) that has stood the test of time.
      I do not waste time I on arguments and senseless debates. Instead I choose to focus on grace compassion and care for those like me who need it.
      Again the point of my post that you obviously missed…..


  2. Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    The Christian Army is the only army that routinely shoots it’s own wounded soldiers. Great thoughts here from Message From the Field.

    Comments closed here, head over and share your thoughts.

    Blessings and enjoy!

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  3. Yes, we tend to leave the wounded to die alone or be consumed by the enemy. It’s tragic. sometimes the wounded go unseen for years; it’s important to encourage the encourages too.

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  4. “A war with an enemy who never lets up, who never takes a break. Whose attacks come viciously and often.
    And sometimes his flaming arrows, his weapons of war hit the mark, wound and injure.” Amen sir! I’m not sure why we are surprised, I still admit to being, in the manner in which some of these attacks arise. Like watching a pack of wolves carefully watch for the weakest in a herd and assume he’ll show mercy…thank you!

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    1. In regard to your comment on why we are surprised, sometimes I am as well.
      I have studied this subject extensively, through Scripture and through those who have written about it over the years.
      I believe there are two errors we can make in discerning the work of the enemy.
      One is a tendency to blame every misfortune on our enemy, or as one put it “see a demon behind every bush”.
      Two is to deny that he plays any role in the affairs of this world, a world that Jesus clearly said was under the influence of the evil one.
      Part of our struggle is that the world, and we ourselves, still suffer from the effects of the fall in Genesis 3.
      We are forgiven, redeemed, and not under the curse but everything has not yet been made right.
      So we would surmise that much of the evil in our world is due to our fallen nature and needs little encouragement from our enemy . (See Ephesians 2)
      But in reading Ephesians 6, and elsewhere in the writings of the apostles it is clear there is a hierarchy of evil present in our world that seeks to undermine the work of Christ ( see the book of Jude in particular) and influence the affairs of the world.
      The good news is as C.S. Lewis wrote “it is not a war pitting equal powers against one another, but a rebellion against the Conqueror who has already won.”
      We as followers of Christ must be aware (not afraid) of this presence and then as Paul instructed put on our armor (Ephesians 6:10-14) daily as we go out into the world.
      Thank you for your encouragement and kind words.

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