Doug Giles

?Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world.? - Theodore Roosevelt

When you ask the average Joe today how he would describe a Christian, he?s likely to come back with a characterization of someone who is intellectually weak, physically out of shape, economically unproductive, morally spineless, and a constant complainer ? sort of an insipid spiritual poodle. As far as most Christians go, it seems as if courage, brain cells and heroism are on the endangered species list.

None of the Church?s founders ever intended this sad state of affairs. God intended His believers?especially Christian leaders?to be spiritual warriors, to be pit bulls who smash demonic strongholds, stand for truth and bring life, light and healing to this great planet.

As I see it, a Christian without a Pit Bull Attitude is a Poodle Christian. What a terrible fate, to be a poodle Christian.  A pit bull Christian is a hero and a champion, braver than the bravest, one who laughs at difficulties, dangers, and death.

The poodle Christian runs to his air-conditioned doghouse when it starts to get ?hot in the kitchen.?  Sweetie poodle Christians fear they might lose the curl in their hair if they get too close to the flame ? too close to the front of the major spiritual and moral battles of the day.  Therefore, the poodle Christians choose to hang out within the stained-glass-tinted windows of the Church instead of going out into the real world to confront secular monsters.    Yes, the call to battle always seems to find them at covered-dish dinners.

Poodle Christians say they love God, but they deny Him with their actions.  In fact, when this kind of Christian hears the call of duty, it?s amazing how often he gets a tummy ache.  Poodle Christians hear the Word of God on Sunday, but don?t follow it.  They don?t like to get dirty doing the practical, tough work of obeying the scripture?but, oh, how they love poetry.  Here?s one of their favorite poems:

Oh how I love the pastor who tickles my ear! 
Come to me, thou prophet of peace; tell me what I want to hear.
Tell me of goodies, blessings, and treasures abounding just for me ?
as I hide in the church avoiding the suffering.
Why be so serious? Why take such pain?
Have not you learned from those around it?s all just fun and games?

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.