Warfare Vision -vs- Armchair Vision


Years ago I heard the term, “armchair quarterback” and we all know one. An armchair quarterback is someone who sees the best play and has great advice for the athlete on the field all while sitting in the comfort of their recliner, eating chips and salsa and sipping their favorite beverage. However, the reality of armchair quarterbacking is the view on the field is completely different than the view from the armchair.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
The warfare we may encounter in life is the same way. It is easy to “know what to do” when you are not the one who has to do it. Solutions come easy when you are not the one who has to come up with them. It is much easier to walk in faith when you do not have to walk in faith.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
I learned something from Dr. Mark Barclay, my pastor, many years ago, “never judge anyone in their warfare.” What we call “faith,” many times, is armchair quarterbacking. It is easy to make “faith” statements when things are going your way. However, we would do well to realize that the view from the middle of the battle is radically different than the view outside of the battle. Intense warfare does something to you, it can bring fear, discouragement, doubt, loneliness etcetera, even when you are worshipping, quoting verses and praying. What people in warfare really need is prayer and some understanding, not an armchair quarterback and certainly not someone to come along with “formulas” and theories on how to handle the warfare. Are their things you can and should do when you are in the middle of a battle? Certainly. However, what someone in warfare does not need is to hear from someone who has not been in the same battle. An armchair quarterback may have played high school football, but that does not qualify him to step on the field with the pros. If you haven’t played with the pros, then you do not really know how the pros should play. If you have not experienced someone else’s warfare, then do not judge how they fight their battle. If you have experienced their specific warfare then you do not need to be told not to judge how they fight it. 
I call you blessed!



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