An Episcopal priest and an Italian taxi cab driver die and meet St. Peter at the pearly gates. St. Peter thanks the priest for all his work for the Lord and calls a Lincoln Town car up for him to be transported. As they are waiting, a Lexus limo shows up and St. Peter says it is for the taxi driver. The priest questions him. St. Peter said, “People came to God through your sermons and actions, but everytime, thousands of folks, every time the taxi cab driver drove, people prayed and found Jesus.”
We Americans tend to value flexibility. “Bend, don’t break,” “swim with the stream” “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” “Don’t get stuck, go with the flow,” we tell ourselves. It is this attitude that makes today’s passage of scripture so difficult for us, because here Paul reminds us to stand firm: “Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” This is the opposite of going with the flow.
Hear the reading from The Message- And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll s