Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Want a chuckle for today? Check out this Wiki article on 7 steps to survive a lion attack. Yeh, I’m not altogether certain about those seven steps. I have a question or two about them. For starters, do I try to recall these steps before I wet my pants or after?
I love that Peter uses this illustration to make his point about our enemy. It is perfect for so many reasons.
Consider, for example, how a lioness hunts. She is capable of following a herd of animals for days, even weeks, stalking and studying. She watches to learn which of the members are the weakest and the most likely to fall behind the rest of the herd. You see, when it comes to lion attacks, there is protection in the herd. The lioness watches for lame or young or otherwise “slower” members of the herd who are more likely to make decisions that tend to “distance” them from the herd…decisions that might make the protection of the herd more and more tenuous.
The same is true of our enemy. He watches the church (the “herd”)…stalking and learning. He watches for those members most likely to distance themselves from the church…most likely to forsake the spiritual protection of God’s people. You see, being created for community means we actually need each other’s diligent protection against the schemes of our enemy. We really must let friends get close enough to us to protect us. We must make arrangements with brothers and sisters who will love us enough to ask us some hard questions about our choices. That, my friend, is what “accountability” means.
My friend, Frank Pretorius (in Cape Town, South Africa) sent me this video. Granted, it is a leopard and not a lion. But otherwise, it is the perfect picture of what spiritual accountability looks like…
Is that awesome or what? As an illustration, it begs some important questions about the spiritual accountability in your own life. When it comes to lion attacks, who’s got your back? With whom have you already made arrangements for accountability? Whom have you granted permission to ask you hard questions about your choices? You see, when you experience your next lion attack, you can either trust Wiki or you can trust your friends. And I don’t have a single video of Wiki saving someone’s life.