The headline of last Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal read, “Armed and Dangerous.” It was a chilling report about the armed robbery epidemic in our city. Somebody with a gun or knife commits an armed robbery every day in our city. Actually, on average, it happens more than five times a day. Armed robberies have more than doubled since 2010, and this year we are on track for about 2000 of them. The result has been the loss of property, the loss of life, and an increase in fear among our citizens. In the words of Albuquerque Police Department Commander Paul Szych, “We are literally in a fight for the City of Albuquerque.”
How should we as believers react to this war on our city? Fear is out to the question, because “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (II Tim. 1:7) Armed with such “weapons,” our prayers must be many and mighty, because this is a supernatural battle. Satan may be “like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (I Peter 5:8), but we are God’s people, releasing the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, in our praises! We have an unmatched message to share and an unmatched Captain to follow. We should be the ones considered armed and dangerous!