In this episode:
- Don’t forget to become a Theodio Premier Subscriber. Offer ends when 2020 comes to a close.
- The subject of “resistance”
- A Star Wars reference, just because
- The relevant segment of the Precious Remedies audiobook
- A historical note about Demosthenes and Plutarch
- Episode blog post: Resistance is not futile
- Podcast introduction: Yabo Obien
- Logo and marque: Jeff Lyons at Light & Story
- Original music: Makeup and Vanity Set
- Kindle version of Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by John Hendryx at Monergism.com
- Text for Precious Remedies provided by GraceGems.org
Welcome back to the Theodio Podcast. I’m your host, Dan Kassis.
Our previous three episodes covered the topic of repentance. Brooks had more to say about that than other subjects, so we took our time moving through it.
Now we’re moving into a new topic: resistance.
Resistance is not futile
We’re using that word more these days, in a political sense. Considering ones’s self to be a person who resists evil, oppression, conformity – it carries with it a sense of pride, of belonging to a cause greater than one’s self.
You could probably name a dozen movies off the top of your head that use resistance as a theme. In the latest Star Wars trilogy, the good guys even replaced “The Rebellion” from the earlier films with “The Resistance.” We want those who push back against the forces of darkness to win, to get the medals around their necks at the end.
I can think of two other areas in which resistance has a benefit. In physical fitness, we use resistance to build strength. As we add resistance in the form of greater weight, or more repetition, our muscles respond by growing larger and firmer. Our bodies adapt to greater demand. The result is our ability to lift more, last longer, or run faster.
You see the same phenomenon in nature. Trees that grow in areas where there are strong winds put down deeper roots. They resist the horizontal force against them, lowering their centers of gravity, digging in and literally holding onto earth for dear life. The result of their resistance against constant pressure is greater strength and longevity.
Resisting the devil and his schemes against us will make us spiritually stronger. Let’s listen to Thomas Brooks explain how that works.
A short comment on Brooks’ final reference there ..
Plutarch was a highly influential Platonist philosopher who lived at the same time the early Church was born and the apostles were writing books of the New Testament and evangelizing the near East.
He wrote many biographies of other well-known philosophers and political leaders that we have today. One of those biographies is on the 4th-century B.C. Greek philosopher, lawyer and speech writer, Demosthenes.
Today, we might hear a politician praise the democratic principles of a Founding Father while contradicting those principles with their own actions. Brooks’ lament in the last sentence should cause us to look inward, to see if what we proclaim with our mouths is evidenced with our lives.
That’s all for now. Next time we will look at the subject of unhappiness. Our culture is fixed on avoiding it. But it may be to our benefit if it’s the result of resisting the devil.
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