He stood off to the side with his pal, though, for the life of him, he had no idea what he was doing there. He was no criminal, no gangster or thug. He certainly was no cop, no undercover narcotics officer, no remote affiliation to the DEA. He was just a man.
They had the initial meeting an hour ago and now stood waiting, reminiscing over times from childhood, when they had last seen each other, when they had last been friends. By chance, just meeting again on this day, at the worst, or maybe the best moment.
Two goons came up and stood before them. “Mr. Dozer wants to talk wit you,” was all they said but they were looking at him, not his friend, not the armed policeman. They were talking to him. The guns in their hands allowed for no argument.
With quaking heart and watery knees he followed, coming to stand before the leader. Sinister malice poured from the man wh stared at him now.
“You got your choice. See we don’t know you, don’t know why your here. That makes me nervous. So you get to choose. I can kill you now or you can take a test. You pass the test, I let you in my gang.”
As he spoke, the two thugs were handed clubs.
“We’ll give you a chance, you don’t have to ace this. But every wrong answer is going to cost you.” They all smiled, the thugs tapping their clubs meaningfully.
He knew he would be caught if he answered wrongly. He knew that he didn’t know enough to answer correctly. Good chance that he was dead, no matter what. So he did the only thing he could think of.
He sent up a silent prayer. Then, reached out and grabbed a handful of hair from the man before him. He pulled downward as hard as he could and kneed his enemy in the face. Then, in one fluid movement, he drove his elbow into the bas of the man’s skull and killed him. It took two seconds, at most.
Then, as the shock of what happened held them, he turned and walked away, seeming to disappear before their eyes.
My story is intended to remind you of two things. With our enemy, there are no right answers, you cannot escape him, cannot outwit him. He is really only interested in hurting you. But, as the strength of Jesus, His resurrection power, flows through us, we can defeat our enemy and his schemes. We can walk away untouched because of the life that is in us. We don’t need to be afraid.
We need to fight.