2 Things We Can Learn From a Chess Player

“I can’t count the times I have lagged seemingly hopelessly far behind, and nobody except myself thinks I can win. But I have pulled myself in from desperate [situations]. When you are behind there are two strategies – counter-attack or all men to the defenses. I’m good at finding the right balance between those.” Number one ranked chess player in the world – Magnus Carlsen

What I find interesting about this quote is how well it correlates with Christianity. While we’re in no game, so often it seems we lag behind, but in the end we will pull through with God’s help.

We also need a balance between defense and offence. There is a need to defend truth and righteousness. However, we need to be on the offences attacking the societal norms and customs that are evil. In addition, our call is to challenge others to join the cause of Christ’s kingdom.

All these tasks are not to be done with physical weapons, but rather in the battle of ideas, “…the pulling down of strong holds…” and “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God…” We do have the truth on our side, we need not fear!

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