Be Transformed by… Radical Measures

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I’ve always hated buddy rushes.

“Buddy rushes?” What’s that?

Buddy rushes are a form of military movement under enemy fire. It is a movement used to advance on the enemy. When under enemy fire it is important to have cover and concealment. And it is important to move quickly. Here is how the buddy rush works:

Step 1: “Buddy, got me covered?” (Buddy #1) – Ensures that he has cover from enemy fire

Step 2: “Got you covered!” (Buddy #2) – Puts lead down range

Step 3: “I’m up, he sees me, I’m down.” (Buddy #1) – Moves forward as fast as possible and takes cover

Step 4: “Buddy, got me covered?” (Buddy #2) – Ensures that he has cover from enemy fire

Step 5: “Got you covered!” (Buddy #1) – Puts lead down range

Step 6: “I’m up, he sees me, I’m down.” (Buddy #2) – Ensures that he has cover from enemy fire

Repeat as needed:

As you can see the whole process seems pretty silly. I do not really enjoy calling anyone “buddy.” And I certainly don’t enjoy sprinting for as long as it takes me to say “I’m up, he sees me, I’m down” and then crashing headlong into the ground behind some tree or rock. To be honest with you the whole routine is tiring and I don’t enjoy it.

You know what, though? My opinion of the buddy rush would be radically altered if I was in combat. I would not think it was silly at all! It would be absolutely necessary.

When the situation is life and death it changes our perspective. Things that would have otherwise been silly become necessary.

It is the same way when it comes to fighting sin. When we realize our fight against sin is life or death we will take extreme precautions and radical measures but it will not seem odd or silly. It will simply be necessary. What we do. So, the first priority here is to realize that the enslaving sin you are fighting will kill you so you must avoid it at all costs. Jesus said, “If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.”* Why would anyone do that? Because, Jesus responds, “It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire” (Matt. 18:9). So, Jesus is saying, sin is that serious.

The second step, avoid sin at all costs (i.e. “tear out your eye”). This is a very biblical teaching and secular programs have caught on to it as well. The Scriptures teach that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. How do we respond to a fierce lion that wants to eat us? We stay clear. We resist him, firm in our faith. Were sober-minded and watchful (1 Peter 5:8-9).

Because sin is so serious and so deathly we must also avoid the people, places, and things that would tempt us to sin. (Prov. 4:14-15; 13:20; 23:19-20; 1 Cor. 5:11**). We must take extreme precautions because whatever our temptation is, it is appealing and alluring, however, in the end it “is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword” (Prov. 5:4) and leads to death (Prov. 5:5).

How do we avoid temptation? What does this look like? I know godly men that refuse to have a smartphone because that phone, with all its helpful apps, will become, in their hands, a bomb. An explosive that will sever their heart with sinful lust. They refrain from what for many people is harmless because they know, for them, it is a death wish.

So also, for you. Maybe you can have a smartphone but maybe you can’t have access to your car keys because if you do you will gamble everything away. Whatever the exact application for you, you must be sure you are taking radical measures to avoid temptation. We will look at more in our next post.

What thoughts do you have?


* Of course, this does not mean that we should literally tear out our eye.

** Also read Prov. 7 and see how failure to avoid temptation ultimately destroys.