Don’t be a Foxhole Christian

What is a Foxhole?

A armed soldier in a foxhole with his body almost completely submerged in mud.Foxholes are the holes soldiers quickly dig during combat to avoid enemy fire. Being hunched down in these holes is often uncomfortable, especially if it starts to rain or snow. I think this unfortunate soldier is taking part in a training exercise. He’s submerged in mud up to his neck and looks pretty unhappy.

As a young Christian I heard “There are no atheists in foxholes.” This saying may have originated during World War I or II. It means simply that when their lives are in danger, all soldiers will start praying, whether they believe in God or not.

After all, what do they have to lose?

How to Identify a Foxhole Christian

Foxhole Christians don’t go to church much. They are caught up in advancing their careers, enjoying an active social life, finding that “special someone” or building up a healthy bank account. When life is good, they ignore God’s will and His commands. The only time they pretend to be godly is if it gets them something they want.

Muddy female soldier in a foxhole.A foxhole Christian only starts seeking God when life gets very rough. Suddenly he or she is flooded with pain, worry, confusion and fear, unable to deal with a horrible crisis or personal tragedy

All at once, seeking God becomes critically important, because He’s the only one who can alter the bad situation they’re stuck in.

Brothers and sisters, it’s a sad thing to have to wake up in one of life’s “foxholes” before you realize you need God’s presence. My advice? Seek Him now.

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12 NIV)

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