“No skin in the game.” Have you ever heard that phrase? It is one of several colloquialisms that i have heard in my life. Another one is “I got no dog in that fight.” It sounds rather cool and catchy. Sometimes it describes somebody’s lack of concern or wish to stay out of a conflict or controversy. It can be used from situations as small as gossip or a schoolyard squabble all the way to involvements of nations on a global scale.
When thinking about this i was drawn to the book of Ezekiel. The Holy Scripture tells us this in Ezekiel when speaking about God, Meshech, and Tubal….”This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws, and bring you out with your whole army……” I am not going to speculate on who exactly is God and the other players in this as there are a few opinions. What strikes me is that Jehovah himself can draw kings, nations and people groups into involvement on the stage of His-story— history.
Recently France was attacked and terrorized in a brutal plot. Just before that Russia — after flexing military muscle in Syria- had a passenger jet blown out of the sky. Even countries such as Germany, that have no military involvement, are facing staggering problems as refugees pour into their country. Suddenly, life as many knew it— plans that were not supposed to be interrupted– and people who felt they were far removed from chaos now have “skin in the game- and dogs in a very real fight.”
Now, maybe more than ever before in our lives we must remain vigilant. We should be mindful of where our security lies. Be careful to not be pulled into any other fight than the fight of faith. And be not surprised. If you are a believer in the Messiah, you are a citizen of another kingdom. This world is not your home and it has always been a battlefield.