Once in a while I catch a rerun of the 1970’s TV series MASH.
It still generates a lot of mixed feelings: from the hilarious situations created by Alan Alda and the rest of the cast, to the sadness of the devastation created by the war (if the opening song doesn’t make you sad, you need therapy).
The stories portray the Korean War, but were actually written as a protest against the Vietnam War that was going on for 10 years at that time.
In this series, the doctors and nurses of this “Mobile Army Surgical Hospital” receive wounded soldiers and do their best to treat them, so they can go back to the battle.
A couple of weeks ago, in our Adult Bible Fellowship, we were talking about the Christian Church nowadays, and its role in our world, when our friend Keith made the comment that the church should be more like MASH, treating the wounded Christians, and making them ready for the battle again. Instead, sometimes it looks like the church became a Nursing Home, where we sit, relax, and wait for the day we are called home.
Recently I have been hearing more and more comparisons between our Christian life and war. John Piper, Ron Hutchcraft and others have written about it.
Seeing this life as a war, may help us explain some of the discomfort and anguish we feel, and hopefully make us follow the General, even when we don’t understand the commands given.
Particularly at this moment I am in a position that I can’t understand the tactics the General is using, and why He is allowing the enemy to make some moves that don’t seem profitable to our cause.
What can I do, but follow the battle plan in front of me, and trust the General?