LaGrange is a small rural community in southwest Tennessee from which one of the most daring Civil War raids began. Colonel Benjamin Grierson a former music teacher who hated horses led his troops 600 miles through the heart of Mississippi all the way down to Union controlled Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His mission was to distract the Confederate army away from the Battle of Vicksburg and do as much damage as possible. With amazing courage, cunning, and military skill the 1700 Union soldiers led by Grierson accomplished their objectives and wrote themselves into military history.
As Christians we also operate behind enemy lines. This world we live in is enemy territory (1 John 5:19). We must be alert to potential dangers (1 Peter 5:8). This place is not our home. We are merely passing through. Eventually, this world will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10). We are helping to bring in a new kingdom where peace and righteousness prevail.