cinco de mayo

I bet most don’t know what this annual celebration observed all over the world mostly by Mexicans and Americans is even for except knowing Mexican food is going to be eaten or Latin culture celebrated. Some think it is Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s not.

This day commemorates a battle in 1862 where the small Mexican army defeated the French empire. Even though a year later they fell, it was a great victory down in the books. Parades, battle re-enactments, and folk dancing all may be seen in Mexico and California on this day. But for the rest of the world, thanks in part to clever marketing ads in the 1980s, this day has become more of a reason to party with beer sales rivaling the Super Bowl. I am in no way suggesting you do that. So, let’s think for a moment…

What can we do different on this day?

Sure, it is fine to have some Mexican food and enjoy listening to a mariachi band, but as Christians, how can we be countercultural?

Just like that small band of Mexican brothers who defeated the French force, we too can be fighting battle for what might seem like an insurmountable spiritual army lurking in the four corners of the globe. Many a soul weigh in the balance and we need to fight on their behalves.

Get on your knees 3 times a day like Daniel and his friends of old did so long ago (Daniel 6.10). But since it is Cinco de Mayo how about make it 5!

Prayer changes everything –

our perspective,

our outlook,

and our attitudes.

When we let it, we will…

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Having a heart of gratitude and praising God regardless of circumstance helps too.

So, put on the garments of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61.3) to withstand the tricks the enemy may throw towards you (Ephesians 6.11).

*

And get down on your knees to fight the battle.

*I remember this being sung often in church 4 or 5 decades ago. “This song of Praise was sung extensively in Pentecostal Church services during the Charismatic Renewal of the late 1970s and 1980s. ….. It was written by David Ingles and first published in 1976. This recording was taken during a worship service at the Klemzig Assembly of God in 1976/77 and is sung by its congregation.

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