Buckle Up!

Wes Kinder - Contributing - Columnist

Y’all ever had the opportunity to come face to face with a big ol’ grizzly bear? Yep, lions and tigers and bears. Let’s talk about puttin’ on the armor. I tell you, life can be dangerous. I hear tell that some adventurous folks have even tried to roller skate in a buffalo herd. Hey, who am I to say?

Now I realize that a little black widow spider that would pert’ near fit in a thimble can be just about as dangerous in a much different way. And there is ticks and a lot of things, big and small, that are dangerous.

I once asked a fellow that was helpin’ me if I could borrow his knife. He told me he didn’t carry no knife. I asked him how come? He told me, “Mama always told me knives are dangerous, so I just never carried no knife.” How many of y’all listen to your Mama? We’d be a lot better off if we did listen to her more.

But let’s get back to talkin’ about that bear. (I should probably insert a disclaimer here. There are not any bears roaming wild in southwestern Oklahoma. Although there are black bears in eastern Oklahoma and a small group in the western panhandle.) Yes, bears can be dangerous. When are they the most dangerous? I reckon it would be when one is standing on its hind legs right in front of you.

One problem is that bears are becoming somewhat thick in certain areas of the country. They’re also active tryin’ to store up food at the same time of year us humans like to go huntin’ and fishin’.

Have y’all ever thought about what you would do if you encountered a bear? I mean like right there in front of you. One or two of y’all readin’ this might have done just that. Well, you certainly have more experience than me. But I’ve been told that the worst thing you could do is try to run. A healthy grizzly bear can run over 35 mph! Top speed in the Olympic 100 meter was around 28 mph.

I’ve also been told that if you do run, it’s not important to be the fastest man in your group, but just make sure that you are faster than at least one other feller. All joking aside, if you have a close encounter with a bear in the wild:

1. Don’t run.

2. Back away slowly if you can.

3. If the bear attacks or gets real close then stand tall like an NBA basketball center and make lots of strange noises.

4. Do your best to hold your ground, and if you want to live you’re likely goin’ to have to somehow kill the bear.

Stand tall, hold your ground and fight back!

As Christians, we are to put on our armor as we prepare to face the evil one. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 to “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…” (Eph 6:11-14 NIV)

Three times in this passage, Paul tells the church over at Ephesus to take a stand.

Take a stand against the devil and stand firm with the Truth, the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ, as your belt that holds all things together! It’s time to battle so “Buckle up.”

Choose Jesus and choose life! Find a church where you “fit in” and serve Him and grow in Christ. See y’all at church and keep prayin’ for his harvest. Amen.


Wes Kinder



Reach Wes Kinder at 580-585-3443 or westkinder@aol.com.

Reach Wes Kinder at 580-585-3443 or westkinder@aol.com.

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