[Papercut Press] 2000-09-18 - Representing

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: be reconciled to God.

I have been reading a book titled, English Worthies, but don't look for it at your local bookstore, it has been out of print since 1682. It is a vast source of history and it has been very interesting to work through. In it I found a letter that was written in 1592, by the ambassador of England to France. It seems that some French nobleman had been trashing the name of the queen of England in France. This letter was written in response.

I offer it here because it taught me a lesson. This ambassador is set on defending his queens honor. And it made me think about how I often fail to defend Christ's honor when His name is trashed in my presence. If this ambassador was so disposed to defend the queen, how much more ought I make it my mission to defend the name, honor and cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is the letter:

"Forasmuch as lately in the lodging of my Lord Du Mayne, and in public elsewhere, impudently, indiscreetly, and over-boldly, you spoke boldly of my Sovereign, whose sacred person here in this country, I represent. To maintain both by word and weapon her honor (which never was called in question by people of honesty and virtue) I say, you have wickedly lied, by speaking so basely of my sovereign and you shall dare to tax here honor.

Moreover that her sacred person (being one of the most complete and virtuous princes that lives in the world) ought not to be evil spoken of, by the tongue of such a persidious traitor to her law and country as you are. And hereupon I defy you and challenge your person to mine, with such manner of arms as you shall like of choose, be it either on horseback or on foot...if you have any courage at all in you. If you consent not to meet me hereupon, I will hold you, and cause you to be generally held for the arrantest coward, and most slanderous slave that lives in all France. I expect your answer."

What a letter!!! Defending his queens rights with his life. I think that this helped me to remember that my Lord is a Lord more worthy of dedicated and constant service. My Lord is a saving Lord. I am not about to challenge someone to pick their weapons, but I ought to be willing to defend the cause of Christ when it is maligned in my presence. To not do so is to be a coward.

In Ephesians 6:10-18, we are reminded to put on the full armor of God. This must be because we are engaged in spiritual warfare. In one sense this warfare involves some risk and sacrifice. As soldiers and ambassadors in the Lord's army we must defend His cause. I think this letter is something that nailed this down a little stronger for me.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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