The Righteous Warrior – Showdown
Key Bible Verse: The Son of God came to destroy these works of the Devil. – 1 John 3:8
Bonus Reading: Ephesians 6:19-20
Five gringos approached the Chiapas, Mexico, maximum-security prison to encourage 80 wrongfully incarcerated brothers. Ten years earlier, local mob bosses, angered by the Christians’ refusal to pay for pagan rituals, had had them framed and convicted.
Guards searched us and inspected our gifts: toothbrushes, soap, and toilet paper. Steel doors were unlocked and relocked as we were escorted inside and told to wait. A half hour later, a warden’s assistant announced we could only visit ten inmates at a time. Time constraints, we realized, would prevent us from visiting half the men. This was spiritual warfare!
We fired back that we represented these prisoners’ families, demanded to visit all 80 together, and insisted on seeing her boss. She disappeared; we prayed. Ten minutes later, the warden appeared. He was new, it turned out, and unaware of these men’s histories. We filled him in. “I’m an evangelical too,” he replied. “Come to the main courtyard. All the prisoners may meet with you!”
Keys clanked, doors slammed, men in orange jumpsuits emerged, weeping and hugging us. A throng of curious prisoners hung on every word as Alan, Hector, and I spoke, reminding these Word-starved brothers that nothing can separate them from Christ’s love.
—Kenny Luck in Dream
My Response: I’ll stand up for the gospel or justice by …
Thought to Apply: When good people cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.—Pearl Buck
Adapted from Dream (WaterBrook, 2007)
Prayer for the Week: Give me the courage, Lord, to take a bold stand for truth and justice, even when it’s risky.