Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV event on the Discovery Channel. Since 1988 various shark-centered programs are produced and played in late July or early August, causing Shark Week to become the longest-running cable television programming event in history. Thankfully Shark Week came on TV the week after we came back from SuperWow beach camp. (I like the beach, but I don’t swim in the ocean. I’m still scarred from the “Jaws” movie of the 1970’s).
Most of the programming is about scientific studies of sharks, but a couple of the shows focus on shark attacks on humans. In several places around the world, shark attacks on humans are on the increase. As I cringingly watch the different stories, one common characteristic among the various stories was clear – no one expected to be attacked by a shark. Some of the people were on kayaks, some were on surf boards, and some were in shallow water, but in every case the attack came quickly and unexpectedly. (Personally, I think if you’re in the ocean, you should be expecting a shark attack… see reference to “Jaws” above.)
I’m also working on my sermon for Sunday which happens to be on preparing for spiritual warfare by putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-32). I’ve been studying passages about our adversary, Satan, and how he is roaming about like a “roaring lion” (or a Great White Shark) looking for people to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He attacks, suddenly, quickly, and fiercely and many of us followers of Christ are caught off guard by the attack. We didn’t see it coming, and it can be devastating.
The language of the Bible is clear that the enemy is real and that his attacks are real, therefore we need to always be on our guard and prepared for battle. This coming Sunday morning we will walk through the “Armor of God” listed in Ephesians 6 and talk about what it means to fight the good fight of faith. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper to remind us, 1) that we don’t fight for victory, we fight from victory because Christ has already defeated our enemy through His death on the cross and His resurrection. And 2) that we don’t fight alone; we fight as the army of God. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic meal shared by the people of God to remind us that we are in this war together. As Pastor Mark Driscoll states – “It takes an army to win a war.” I hope you will join us and invite someone to join you.