Warrior for God
Let’s call him Charles. That’s not his real name, but ‘Charles’ is a good name for him. According to most websites, ‘Charles’ means ‘Free man’, but one source says that the name could be derived from a German word meaning ‘warrior’ and it is this latter obscure definition that Charles tries his utmost to live up to. Charles is doing his best to be a warrior in the Lord’s Army.
Charles grew up in a fundamentalist home and, for the most part, that’s all he knows of Christianity. Growing up, he would attend two church services on Sunday. That was the norm for him and everyone else he knew. Firstly, everyone knew that Sundays were for church. Secondly, there was nothing else to do on Sundays because nothing was open. The stores all knew that being open would not help since everyone was at church – not to mention that it was illegal.
Over the years of his more than half-century life, Charles has witnessed a slow decline in church attendance. He is frustrated by this and feels that Sunday Trading is partly to blame. He takes it as an affront. He firmly believes it is all part of Satan’s plan to weaken the church, and can’t believe how people can be so blind. It started off very subtle, but over time, people have become dulled to Satan’s tactics and no longer think twice about going shopping on a Sunday when they should be in church.
But not Charles. Oh, no, not him.
Charles will stand firm on God’s Word where God Himself told us that He rested on the seventh day, and where He told us to ‘Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath to the LORD your God.’ Very important words, indeed.
If Charles runs out of something on a Sunday, he will just do without. He can live without ‘x’ for one day.
Charles will not even go ‘window shopping’ on a Sunday lest his presence in the shopping centre encourages the stores to stay open.
Going on a long car trip? He’ll make sure he brings his own store of fuel so he won’t have to stop somewhere to purchase some.
Charles knows that what he is doing is pleasing to God and is sad and angry at the cavalier attitude of the world – and even the Church – towards all that he knows and cherishes. The ‘Free man’ is a very unhappy fellow.