THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
The Battle of the Mole
November 14, 2009
Over the last month or so I have been fighting a losing battle with a mole or, perhaps, a family of moles
that decided our yard is a good place for them to set up shop, so to speak. If you know anything about
moles, they search for grubs by digging trenches just under the grass. As they dig their trenches, they
periodically stop and push up a mound of dirt. The result is that they ruin the appearance of a yard with
these pushed-up piles of grass that die and mounds of dirt here and there.
So, over a period of a month, I have been battling this mole(s) with every product available in the stores,
from spraying stuff on the yard that gives off an odor that is not very pleasant to placing battery-
operated noise makers in strategic areas. None of this has seemed to work except, perhaps, to cause the
critter to move to another part of our yard. I was hoping it would just leave, but when it did not, I
decided it was time to try products for killing moles. These didn’t work either. The mole was too smart
to eat the expensive chemicals shaped like grubs; I guess it had more down-to-earth tastes. It was also
too smart to return to one of its trenches that now had a guillotine waiting for it. Tested warriors know
the danger of going into a trench that has been altered in some way. By the way, I realize, a little too
late, that I need to attack the problem by getting rid of the grubs. This is my spring project.
Well, every day I would walk our yard to see what damage our squatter had done the night before. I
mistakenly thought that moles only worked at night, until one day, around 10 am, I looked out the
window to our backyard and saw the grass being pushed up into mounds. So, I ran to the garage, picked
up a long screwdriver, and ran to the backyard. I figured I could attack this thing and end this assault
on our yard once and for all. No such thing happened. The mole was much faster than I was. It must
have been quite a sight of me thrashing the ground with a screwdriver and then jumping up and down
on the ground like a mad man. Not a good example of be slow to anger!
Not to be undaunted, I kept watching for the mole to appear around 10 am. As if on cue, one day, at 10
am, I looked out the window of the front of the house, and there it was having a good time of making
trenches in our yard. I had already formulated a new plan in mind if I were given another chance; so
once again, I ran to the garage, but this time I retrieved a long-handled shovel and ran into the yard. I
stood there for a moment and, much to my surprise, it was digging about a foot from me. Rather than
plan my move carefully based on the movement of the mole, I acted in haste. I took the shovel, jumped
in the air with my feet on the blade and drove it into the trench. It was aerobatics at its best as I twisted
in the air and pushed my weight down on the shovel. Guess what happened? I wrenched my back!
Anyone who knows anything about backs knows that twisting can cause very serious injury, especially
for backs that already have some weakness. Needless to say, I was in a lot of pain; the worst I have ever
experienced. I could hardly walk and could not stand up straight. The mole, a dirty fighter (pun
intended), won, and I lost. My sister-in-law was the prophet during this whole episode because she kept
telling me that it was the mole’s territory, and it would win in the end, which it did.
Strangely, with me wounded, the mole must have savored its victory and moved on to conquer other
frontiers; at least we think it has, based on not seeing any signs of its handiwork for a few days. With
prayer, my back is coming back to normal much faster than expected, considering the initial pain.
Now, as I was going through this battle of man verses beast, I relayed my daily encounters to my good
friend John who knows something of living through the trials of life. One day he suggested that I
inquire if there were any spiritual significance to the experience.
You don’t think that I am going to embarrass myself with a story of a mole without making a spiritual
point, do you?
As I considered the dirty affair, I came to realize that there is a very important lesson in this story for
Christians in the United States, especially those concerned over the direction in which our country
seems to be headed. I sense that there are growing numbers of Christians today who are joining the
conservatives of our country that have a “gut” feeling that something is happening to our country that is
not for the good. They sense that just under the surface, there is something looming that is going to
burst out in the open and bring ruin to the country.
Of course, much of this unease or gut-feel is the result of what is happening in the sphere of politics and
government. Surely, there are things happening that should cause concern for all of us, the least of
which are huge deficits that are bankrupting our country and making us beholden to the world that has
become our creditor and we its debtor. I am reminded of the words of Habakkuk: “Will not your
creditors rise up suddenly, and those who collect from you awaken? Indeed, you will
become plunder for them (Habakkuk 2:7 NASB).
As a nation, we are in very serious danger, and I don’t think any of us should minimize it. However, the
question is how are we to respond to what we sense is happening, much of which is unrighteous, and to
what could be coming our way soon in the way of further erosion of our standard of living? Are we to
fight it, that is, rise up in some fashion against our politicians and governmental leaders? Some
Christians are responding in this fashion by becoming politically active as they are encouraged to do by
the conservative media. I call these the God, country, and guns Christians. See issues #02-08142
through #02-08145, November 2008, God, Country, Guns . Other Christian groups are determined to
see Christians rise up and take the nations for Christ, that is, bring the kingdom of God to the nations
apart from Christ coming a second time. So, they preach that we have all the power we need to do the
job; the problem is that we are not exercising it.
I have stated this elsewhere, but what is missing in much of the Christian-bravado of our day is humility
and repentance, and a genuine inquiring or crying out to God to know why we, along with the rest of the
world, are in the predicament we now face. See issues #03-09154, August 24, 2009, Whosoever
Humbles Himself Shall Be Exalted .
But let me ask a question: What if all that is going on in our country and the world today is the result of
the judgment of God? What if God is behind it all? If He is, then are we to be like Paul who kicked
against the goad? In other words, we are fighting against God’s judgment, which means we are fighting
God. Who do you think will win? Do we think that every leader of the nations of the world is in place by
happenstance, when God is clear that He alone raises up and takes down nations (Jeremiah 18:7-10)
and places leaders in positions of authority (Daniel 4:17; 5:21; Romans 13:1; Colossians 1:16)?
I believe it is my solemn duty to warn the church. It is time to wake up, humble ourselves, repent, and
seek the Lord as we have never done before. We need to cast off the tradition of men, throw down the
physical sword of all kinds, and take up the sword of the word of God and of the Spirit.
Well, what does all this have to do with the battle of the mole? I never saw the mole, but I could see
evidence of its activity, and I didn’t like it. For all I know, it was not even a mole but a vole or some
other creature. Nevertheless, I reacted to my gut and my outrage over this intrusion that said there was
a mole down there that had to be eliminated. I reacted with my physical weapons in hand and ended up
hurt without really eliminating the threat.
As Christians, are we doing the same thing by reacting to our gut over what we sense lurching below the
surface and to the secular conservative media that is calling us to arms? Are we fighting without
knowing our enemy face-to-face? What if our enemy is not an enemy after all but our Friend? What if it
is God trying to get our attention? What if it is His judgment on us because we have turned to so many
other things but not the one thing, which is Jesus Christ? Don’t you think it is time to seek our heavenly
Father for answers rather than going off half-cocked as I did with the mole? I have a pained back to
prove the consequences of such reactive outrage. If the church fights against the Lord, it too will lose
and end up wounded, which may be a good thing. Consider Jacob-Israel! Do not take me wrong; there
is a call to fight the spiritual battle, and we are in that day; but let us make sure we are on solid footing
with the Lord before we do. The Lord is not a dirt fighter; He is the Lord of Righteousness, and His
righteousness wins every time. Let us wake up, humble ourselves, repent, and seek the Lord!
The Upward Call: #03-0984
by: Stuart H. Pouliot