I am really struggling today, and I am just barely clinging to a message we heard last night. It came out of 2 Chronicles 17&20. It was the story of Jehoshaphat, and how he faced all of these armies by having faith that God would see them through. The one verse said something about it not being his battle's but God's battle. The way it was told was that Jehoshaphat basically took his people out in the battlefield and had them form a choir and just sing. I am standing in a battlefield in my church and I am just singing my heart out. But, as the enemy is beginning to enclose me, my faith is waning. Why am I doubting God will protect me?? Why do I feel like I have to 'do something'? The big question, that I cannot seem to get a straight answer on -- Is there a time as a Christian that it is biblically sound to stand up for what is right according to God's Word even if it goes against what your pastor has advised you to do?? And, when another Christian does wrong, is out of God's will with their actions, and sins against me, do I have to just 'take' it??? I have been studying rebuke, and I've also studied about how to treat our enemies. I have prayed for those who have used me despitefully, and I have prayed for those who do wrong to me. I have gladly walked two miles when they asked me to go one with them. I know I love these Christians who are persecuting my husband and me, because I know that no matter what, I pray for them, I would help them if they asked, I even have very comfortable conversations with them. I wonder why God is allowing these people who are Christians to persecute us, cause conflict and division, gossip, and yet still be allowed to hold leadership positions where they are influencing new Christians and non-believers. Even our pastor is afraid of the majority vote this couple holds. My pastor's wife made the comment to me like this -- the Lord only punishes His children, so perhaps they aren't His. So, could this be happening because they aren't truly Christians?? And if so, how would I even know to handle the situation that way? *sigh* I'm a wounded soldier, and I'm now sitting in the middle of our battlefield unsure though I feel God is in my midst, as He has been speaking to me through His Word. I'm singing, but my voice is starting to fade.....what do I do? Please pray for me and my church. Pray that our pastor finds courage and seeks God's will, and doesn't let other church leaders sway him to do their will. Any advice, bible verses, or experiences would be helpful. Thanks.