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Where Have all the Warriors Gone?




The battle field is empty
The soldiers all gone
Weapons discarded
Unused, forgotten, alone

A tired old banner hangs,
sad and forlorn
And I stand and look and wonder:
Where have all the warriors gone?

The belt of truth, I see
It lays forgotten in the field
Look, at those brave soldiers’ boots
That used to tread out
The gospel of peace

What to make of this?
What on earth has happened?
I look beyond the hill
And I see the enemy-
He still advances

His banners read “Peace
We want no war with you”
“Go home,
put your feet up
And we will leave you alone”

Alas I now can see it:
The warriors – why they’ve gone,
They’ve believed the propaganda
And they’ve all headed home

Comfort, convenience,
Relevance, Reputation.
These are the only things
For which the “church” will fight
In this last generation.

The sword is at my feet….
Dare I….?
What can one person do?
And (the big one):
What WILL they think?
in my mind, these make a to-do

I don’t care anymore
I’ll do it!
I lift up the sword!
In my hands it is powerful, alive
The eternal Word of God

As I lift it up
Those ancient words
In my heart revive
“for to whomsoever i shall send thee
Thou shalt go
And whatsoever i command thee
Thou shalt speak”

I stand

My son's work, 7yo

My son’s work, 7yo

The fear of man all gone
In its place – the fear of God
It surrounds me
And propels me forward
Where those before me trod.

My daughter's work, 10yo

My daughter’s work, 10yo

Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” John Wesley


Author: GraceandTruth

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9 thoughts on “Where Have all the Warriors Gone?

  1. Thank you for the reminder that we are to fight the good fight every day! Satan never rests put prowls around the earth looking for those to devour. We can rest in Christ as we exercise His hedge of protection for our lives!

  2. This is very personal for me. In the last three years I have, literally, seen the warriors God sent to my town for revival leave the battlefield, and all the armour of God, and disappear into the shadows of self. My wife and I are left again with the echoes of our own voices crying in the wilderness. Yet we will keep going forward, thanks to God, even if the way is foggy. Though that sounds much bolder than I feel.

    • Oh wow. I am so sorry to hear that! I feel in the Spirit that this is happening across Western nations. The Church has lost its way through pandering to self. But the Holy Spirit is looking to raise up warrior-shepherds again to lift up the standard of the Lord. I sense that He wants to draw His church in again to show her now is the time we need to stand and fight. Just like the outcasts came to David in the cave of Abdullum, God is drawing in the outcasts again. They went in outcasts, they came out mighty warriors.
      “And they helped David against the bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army. for at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God.” 1 Chronicles 12:21, 22
      God only needs one man to stand in the gap. By God’s grace you (and your wife) will be that one in your community. May I encourage you both to get on your knees for your area. Ask God to send you the outcast, the disillusioned, those in debt to enter the cave with you and join you in prayer.
      Don’t give up! That’s what the enemy wants. You’ve been through the fire, but God is refining your faith.
      Stand firm, resist the devil and he will flee.
      May God bless you and your wife

      • Interesting observation. Thank you for your thoughtful answer and encouragement. I sometimes wonder if I should blog the whole story, but it is so “unbelievable”!

      • i know what you mean. The truth is stranger than fiction…. especially when it comes to how Christians can treat each other! God bless

  3. I just reread this poem this morning. Very powerful and moving—and very sad to note that so much of the church is conformed to the world. Here is a dream that I had that is very similar to this poem:

    “Special Forces”

    Here is a poem that I wrote back in 1996:


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