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By Andrea Johnson

“Why were so many cowering under desks? Why did they not fight back?” These are some of the questions one of our daughters asked after a recent school shooting.

She felt obvious remorse for the victims, but recent training she and the other school teachers in her district recently received had taught them not to let their lives or those of their students depend on the compassion of a terrorist or murderer. Complying meekly with an attacker’s demands is no longer recommended.

Experts tell us that if possible, flee a dangerous situation. A person running in a zig zag pattern is harder to shoot than someone hiding underneath a desk. If escape is not possible, then fight with every means available. An intruder can be temporarily confused by objects of any kind being thrown at him or her – especially multiple objects. If every person in the room were throwing staplers, desks, and chairs at an attacker, it could allow time for someone to come and tackle him or her. Yes, some might still be harmed, but fewer than in a roomful of people crouching under desks and chairs doing nothing.

Actually, ever since Adam and Eve’s first sin, our entire world has been under attack by Satan. His objective is to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Too often we have cowered in fear, hoping the threat will go away or that someone else will do the fighting for us. Satan loves that.

How about going on the offensive and “taking ground” for the Kingdom of God? What about “fighting” for our loved ones, our communities, and our world, remembering that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but … against the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12)? We win that battle in prayer, in the real war room. When we pray for and participate in Open Bible efforts to fulfill the Great Commission, we go on the offensive, we “take ground.” We release those who have been held captive by sin and ensure their place in God’s kingdom.

I have recently changed the way I pray for my kids. I am no longer content to pray that “evil won’t find them,” that somehow they will be “saved.” Instead I pray for them to be on the offensive, to be a danger to the kingdom of darkness. What about you? Are you taking ground or cowering in fear?

About The Author

Andrea Johnson
Managing Editor

In her spare time you will most likely find Andrea Johnson with family or friends, or outdoors hiking. She and her husband, Dennis, are blessed with four children and five grandchildren.