The Battle Cry

Sh’ma Yis’ra’eil
Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad!
V’ahav’ta eit Adonai Elohekha
b’khol l’vav’kha
uv’khol naf’sh’kha
uv’khol m’odekha
v’ahavta l’reakha kamokha!
Amen!

The Shema.  This is the cry that rocked the world.  The early Church embraced this with everything they had.  All their passion and with everything they had, they shouted it out for all to hear.  This was the cry that consumed their lives. 

Hear O Israel:
The Lord is our God – the Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your might,
And love your neighbor as yourself!
Amen!

This is the battle cry of all Christians.  Of all the Followers of the Way.  Taken from Mark 12:29-31, this cry was taken up by the Apostles and their Disciples, the ones that had lived for God for years and the new believers alike.  They shouted this with more than their voices, but with their very lives. 

The early Christians understood what it ment to live for God.  They died to themselves daily, handing everything over to a kingdom that was not their own.  Where has this passion gone?

There are many who still follow this cry from the heart.  Many still shout it with all the strength of their lungs.  Like the small community church where I first heard this cry, there are many communities and gatherings that still shout it in words and in deeds.  Many individuals, from missionaries in their own back yards to those across the globe, dedicated leaders, whether parents, teachers or church leaders, to the new believers who have not lost what it means to truly love, have all embraced this war cry. 

That’s what it is, a battle cry.  A war cry.  When the lines have been drawn and the swords sharpened for battle, this is the cry that each of us takes up.  This is what rallies us.  Lifts us to greater deeds.  Gives us strength. 

But this cry, the Shema, is nothing if we just shout it.  We must live it.  Enter the field of battle with new-found strength.  Around this banner are veterans and new recruits.  Learn from them.  Encourage them.  Be led by them.  Lead them. 

Take up the Shema, the cry of the nations, and join the fray.

God Bless and PEACE

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1 Comment »

  1. mode20100 Said:

    A+ would read again


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