A Tale of Two Swords

In Judah, it was said: The strength of the laborer fails, since there is so much rubble. We will never be able to rebuild the wall. And our enemies said, “They won’t know or see anything until we’re among them and can kill them and stop the work.” – Nehemiah 4:10-11
There are many leadership principles to be mined from the story of Nehemiah and some of these principles and precepts are revealed in his reactions and responses to the challenges he faced. As the wall-rebuilding project surrounding Jerusalem neared the halfway point in its completion, the attacks against it increased … both from within and from without. As a result, two “swords” were needed to maintain a steadfast defense. One was the physical sword of bronze and the other was the spiritual sword of truth. The bronze sword was needed to fight off those enemies that might attack from outside the wall, but the sword of truth was just as necessary to fight off those enemies of doubt and uncertainty that dwelt much closer … within each and every builder’s heart.
Those who have dedicated themselves to the building of Christ’s Kingdom may succeed without the first weapon, but they will never endure without the second.
Today not only in philosophy but in politics, government, and individual morality, our generation sees solutions in terms of synthesis and not absolutes. When this happens, truth, as people have always thought of truth, has died. – Francis Schaeffer

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