One Battle Is Not The Entire War

Written by John DeGroff on November 24, 2022

Okay, so let’s take a somewhat cautionary look at where we’re at after the recent midterm elections. I say “cautionary” because now is not the time for extreme reactions. We have to be realistic, not pessimistic or even optimistic regarding our current conservative position. The overly predicted “red wave” (some even said tsunami) was more of a “red trickle”. But, we now have The House. That gives us the ability to legally thwart the Dems’ anti-American agenda. It also gives Republicans the power to start investigations into the Biden family’s reign of error. If House leadership has real cajones, they’ll start now.

Therein lies the gist or the point of this article. Conservatives may have been bloodied a lot more than expected, but we won some battles. In essence, that means we’re still in the game and war is not over.

The best example of staying the course regardless of setbacks comes from our first President, George Washington. During our War Of Independence (i.e. the American Revolution 1775-1783), Washington fought 17 battles. He won 6, lost 7, and fought to a draw and/or stalemate in 4. His most significant wins were at Trenton in 1776 and at Yorktown in 1781. That particular battle is what lead to the British surrender. War was officially ended in September 1783.

Washington’s time at Valley Forge in eastern Pennsylvania during the winter of 1777-1778 was crucial in holding a cohesive fighting force together. That winter was extremely cold and harsher than normal. The army lacked food and other supplies. Plus, they hadn’t been paid. Washington’s resolve and leadership held the army together and in spite of losses, he went on to final victory.

Biblically, fighting many battles before winning a final victory is an experience believers can expect. In Exodus 17:8-16 is the account of the Israelites in Rephidim, where they were attacked by Amalek.

Moses had Joshua take men to fight, and told Joshua that he would stand upon a hill with his staff in his hands. When Moses would hold up his hand, Israel prevailed. When he tired and let his hands down, Amalek started to win. Aaron and Hur, whom Moses had taken with him, stood on each side of Moses and kept his arms and hands in the air. According to verse 13: ” And Joshua vanquished Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”

After all, Moses had been through, both spiritual and physical warfare, he still had to endure unto victory. Granted, he had help and “support” in every sense, but it was his resolve that kept Israel moving toward victory and eventually the promised land.

Continuing with Biblical examples, the trial of Christ offers some insight you might not have considered.

The trial of Christ before the Roman governor Pilate and the Jewish religious leaders took place after His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, and appearance before Caiaphas the high priest. Here He was made to endure a public trial/judgment. The event is mentioned in all four Gospels: Matthew 27: 1-26; Mark 15:1-15; Luke 23:1-25, and John 18:28-40 and 19:1-22. In all four accounts, Christ is asked if He is the King Of The Jews. In each Gospel, Christ responds that Pilate himself said so.

However, it’s in John 19:37 that Christ says this: “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into this world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth, heareth my voice.”

Keep in mind that there were three political entities — Pilate, Herod, and the Jewish religious leaders — who sought to deal with Christ but none wanted full responsibility. Only after the crowd accepted Barabas over Christ did Pilate relent and turn Him over to death. As mentioned in John 19:37, Christ already knew the outcome and reason for what He was going through.

Ultimately, what are the “takeaways” from these examples?

  1. Stay the course. (Washington’s example. You might not win every battle, but staying in the fight is more important.)
  2. We’ll win when we support each other. (Moses’s example. Not only did Moses have Joshua to lead the battle, but it was also the support of Aaron and Hurr that enabled him to receive God’s power and direction.)
  3. Never lose sight of the end goal, in spite of the physical, spiritual and political reality you’re facing. (Christ’s example. In essence, Christ had to submit to capital punishment so we might have salvation. God has already won.)

In conclusion: granted, the midterms were not what we hoped for. But it was not a complete defeat. We’re still in the game with a lot of work to do. We don’t have the whole enchilada yet — maybe just the beans and rice at this point — but we’re at the table and more than ready for what comes next.

John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.