“We, as followers of Christ, have a chance to build a genuine and lasting legacy that can be carried on by other generations behind us.”
This thought from Cliff Graham really stood out to me—it’s a line from his series of devotionals that will be sent out via email starting on Father’s Day.You can sign up for them here. It’s also the theme of Cliff’s new novel, Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus, which released last month.
Cliff: Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus is the gritty, intense portrayal of the journey from slavery in Egypt through the wars of conquest in Canaan through the eyes of Joshua and Caleb. It’s about the nature of masculine friendship over a lifetime and an indictment of the idea that once you reach a certain age, you can just retire and take it easy. After working many years in ministry and speaking at conferences, churches, and to men’s groups, I noticed the older men in the crowd tended to feel left out of what was happening, and as a result had begun checking out to spend time on the golf course. I thought it was time we had a look at a biblical character who defied the idea of “retirement.”
Amy: What does living like Caleb look like in the modern world?
Cliff: Whenever I hear men in the church complain that there are “no more great battles to fight” and use that as an excuse to disengage, I have to take deep breaths. Last I checked, there are still orphans and widows in the world. Last I checked, there are still people drowning in despair who need hope. I became involved over the past year with several organizations, including Operation Underground Railroad and Breaking Chains Ministries. These groups, and others like them, fight the evil of child sex trafficking by conducting undercover, government partnership-based rescue missions. It’s more than just raising awareness; it’s about taking action to live out the principles in James, chapter 1, about defending the weak and oppressed. It’s what men ought to be about.
I have been blessed to be a part of the rescue of over 150 children through these organizations through undercover work and sting operations. A drop in the ocean of the problem, but action nonetheless. The duty is to fight and not to give up because the problem is overwhelming. I donate a large percentage of everything I sell to help fund these missions and organizations. It’s a good battle, and not one we should retire from.
Amy: Tell us about your podcast. What do you want listeners to take away from it?
Cliff: On the Good Battle podcast, I sit down with people advancing the kingdom of God in brave and audacious ways. Every man, no matter his past or his occupation, is expected to threaten the Enemy with his life. There are no longer Philistines or Amalekites to battle, but there is still a spiritual Enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. We are designed to make war on this Enemy in the power of a Holy God. The guests I host are waging “Good Battle” to advance the kingdom of God through compassion, love, and righteous ferocity.