Quartering the enemy

Have you ever thought about the 3rd amendment to the US Constitution?  My guess is that you have never given it another thought since your last US History exam.  Basically, the 3rd amendment (part of the original 10 amendments call the Bill of Rights) made it so that a private citizen could refuse to quarter or house soldiers.  You see, during the Revolutionary War (while we were still considered British subjects), Quartering Acts were passed by British parliament that allowed British soldiers to demand room and board.  In effect, this made US sympathizers house the enemy soldiers or die.

The 3rd amendment assured the new United States citizens that they would no longer be forced into this position.  The wording says “without their approval”.  Citizens can always offer the room and board, but would no longer be forced into it.

Ironically, we have allowed enemy soldiers to take up room and board in our lives, and we’re not even paying attention.  When you “quarter” the enemy, they are around you night and day.  This impacts how you live, act and even worship.

Today, those enemy soldiers are new cultural realities.  By accepting and adopting cultural realities that fly in the face of our Christian faith, we are allowing those ‘enemies’ to be quartered in our lives, in our own mind.

This is what Paul was telling the people of Philipi.

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”  (Phil 3:17-21)

We are no longer citizens of this world, we are citizens of heaven.  When we allow these ‘enemies of the cross of Christ’ to take up residence in our minds, in our lives… we are quartering the enemy.

Turn away the enemy.  When Peter allowed these thoughts to enter his mind and out his lips, Jesus replied to him ““Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matt 16:23)

Remember well His words.  Cast out the enemy and refuse to quarter him.


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