Red Rover, Red Rover

Nº 164 weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - September 21, 2021


The best way to destroy an enemy is to turn him into a friend. - F.F. Bruce

Red Rover is a classic children’s game. Two teams face each other across a field, they alternate chanting, “Red Rover, Red Rover send ___ right over!” The child whose name is called drops hands with his or her teammates and races across the field, trying to break the locked hands of the opposing team. If successful, the runner selects one opponent and together they return to the runner’s team. If, however, the hands do not break, the runner stays and joins the new team. This process continues until all the children are on the same team. We could learn some spiritual strategy from Red Rover. Our opponents are not our enemies, they are potential teammates. Our differences should never eclipse our love for those across the field from us. Our desire should be that those entrapped in sinful behaviors become future comrades. Paul reminds us who we are truly fighting. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12) Don’t confuse opponents for enemies. But never compromise the truth. Rather, speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)

Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc