There are two things I can say with some confidence about a vest that is made to be bulletproof.
(1) The odds are favorable that anyone interested in the vest understands they are frequently being fired upon. If you are not often shot at and have no reason to assume you will be anytime soon, the purchase of a bulletproof vest seems a bit excessive and unreasonable. Not to mention uncomfortable and likely unfashionable (unless you be all 50 cent up in herrrr and being shot at is street cred for sellin’ tracks).
(2) If the title is any indication of accuracy, it is entirely reasonable to assume that bullets hitting you in your vest will have no lasting impact on your health or overall well-being. That is to say if something is actually bulletproof, the proof will be made manifest when bullets fail to penetrate the vest.
Why do I bring this up this morning?
Because I’m super weird.
Additionally in listening to a Mark Driscoll sermon on “A Message to Seven Churches” an introductory sermon on the seven churches of the book of Revelation He said this:
“Again,there has been a false gospel preached in American Christianity that if you come to Jesus, he’ll take all your problems away, and he’ll make your life heavenly while on earth. That’s not true. In Jesus, to use John’s language, our life is not tribulation-free, but it’s tribulation-proof, and we can endure whatever tribulation, opposition, suffering, comes to us, through relationship with Jesus and his people in community together, together.”
Same logic as above applies here.
(1) You must understand that a life hidden with Christ will be set against the world, the flesh and the devil. They will actively pursue you and fire off shots at you. Do not follow Jesus if you want an easy life. Do not put on the tribulation-proof vest assuming tribulation will never come. Why even put it on? A tribulation-proof vest is like a tribulation magnet just like a bulletproof vest will inspire some to assume you should be shot at. Let’s face it: if I don’t know you I likely walk right on by, but if I don’t know you and you have a briefcase hand-cuffed to your wrist, I assume you’re up to something. A tribulation-proof vest is an invitation to endure. Don’t wear one if your goal is to avoid. It’s excessive and unreasonable if you don’t plan on coming across suffering. Not to mention it’s uncomfortable and likely unfashionable (unless , of course again, you be all 50 cent up in herrrr and you’re wearing a cash cross).
(2) If the title is any indication of accuracy, it is entirely reasonable to assume that tribulation hitting you will have no lasting impact on your spiritual health or overall well-being. That is to say if something is actually tribulation-proof, the proof will be made manifest when sin and sinners fail to penetrate the faith you have in Jesus to protect you from them.