There is a song “Hold The Line” from the group Toto. If you know the song it will stick in your head for a while. I have never really paid too much attention to what the title meant, but loved the tune and the sound. I’ve been that way for all of my life. Unless something either draws my interest or tugs at my heart, I usually don’t pay a lot of attention to it.
I heard the phrase in a movie the other day. It was a military flick about a Seal team that was sent into Africa to extract an American doctor and if possible three missionaries who were threatened by a rebel army trying to perform an ethnic cleansing against Christians. The Seal team was trying to move 25 plus refugees to the neighboring border. As the rebels were advancing on the Christians the Seal team leader ordered his unit to “hold their line.”
This caught my attention. Rather, this got my attention. The film was fictional but based upon real events that had happened a few years before. The country was Nigeria and the Seal team was from the U.S. Navy. It matched 300 rebel soldiers against a team of eight Seals. Eight highly trained soldiers stepped up to “hold the line” to allow 25 some odd people a chance for freedom.
Sadly, while I write this, what is happening in Nigeria is not fictional. Today 27 Christian farmers were killed by the rebel group “boko haram”. They were killed because of their faith. In fact, over the past year over 1000 have been murdered. And tragically, 200 girls were kidnapped by the group, more than likely sexually assaulted, and then forced to convert to another faith.
The movie broke my heart. As I sat in my beautiful little home, drinking iced tea, I was not giving a rip about the Christians in Nigeria. I don’t even think I had prayed for them. And sadly, I know I am in the majority by a landslide.
There is one scene in the movie where the church was burned and all those left behind were savagely murdered. Right after this horrible scene the Seals are charged by the rebels and the lieutenant orders his men to “hold the line.”
This is where God started doing open heart surgery on me. You see I got it. We, as fellow Christians, are to “hold the line” for other believers by hitting our knees daily for those in dire situations. It could be for Nigerian missionaries, Ugandan orphanages, a pastor jailed in Iran or for food ministries in Denton Texas. Our job is to hold the line for all of them in prayer.
The writer of Hebrews stated that we are to “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).” Hold fast. Hold the line. It’s more than a song title.