Last night my wife and I went to the movies and saw Indivisible which is based on the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country. It was tough at times to keep the tears back and hit very close to home in some ways.
There were many great themes throughout the movie! The Turner’s are a very close family with young children. Being brand new to the military, Darren is very optimistic and idealistic and he and Heather believe that the Lord has called them to this specific ministry. But when Darren gets deployed to Iraq, reality quickly sets in. I won’t say any more to ruin the story for you, but Darren talks to his kids and soldiers about armor: the physical armor provided by the Army as well as the Armor of God!
Ephesians 6:10-17: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Those in the military and in law enforcement know in a very real and tangible way the importance of this protection. But, you don’t have to be in either of those career fields to recognize an attack from the enemy and to recognize and utilize the tools God has provided in the scripture text above! There was a time when even when I wasn’t donning physical body armor that I would go through verses above as I got dressed! Wrap your belt around your waist and cinch it tight as if it’s holding everything together … pull on your shirt as if it’s the breastplate of righteousness … pull on those Ariat, square-toe cowboy boots with the readiness from the gospel … then with your shield and helmet in place, grab God’s word and TAKE ON THE WORLD!!! ARR … ARR … ARRR!!! (sorry … got a little carried away! How did Tim the Tool Man get in there?)
And when you have done everything … STAND YOUR GROUND! But know too that you do not fight your fights alone:
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” Nahum 1:7
At the end of the movie they played a song called “Faith” by Jordan Feliz. Here is a link to it: