What is a Watchman
In ancient times people built cities to protect them from roaming bands of marauders and invading armies. Those cities were not conducive to the farming required to feed that whole city. So, many of the people lived just outside the city walls and spent most of their lives working the farms that fed the people. Watchmen were positioned on the walls of the city to look for any signs of impending danger. When they spotted a coming threat they sounded the alarm and all of the people outside the city would run inside, where the gates of the city would be closed and the people protected. Anyone who remained outside of the city walls when the opposing force arrived was usually tortured and killed. A watchmen's job was critical to the safety of everyone around him.
In today's society we don't just face physical threats. The dangers we face are spiritual and emotional and not just limited to the physical world. Proverbs 22:3 says "A prudent man forsees evil." A true watchman will see the dangers that lie ahead and warn those around them. One young man I know worked with a lot of young ladies who liked to go to parties quite frequently. One of them in particular engaged in risky behavior on a regular basis. He was caring enough to warn her multiple times the she was putting herself at risk for being raped, but she never listened. Eventually, she was raped, but my young friend had done everything he could. You see, a watchman is not responsible for what people choose to do. He simply warns of impending danger and protects when it is possible. There is a great passage from the Bible that sums up our belief on the principle of being a watchman. Ezekiel 3:17-21; Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore hear the word at My mouth and give them warning from Me. If I say to the wicked, "You shall surely die," and you do not give him warning or speak to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. Yet if you warn the wicked and he turns not from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered yourself. Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness (right doing and standing with God) and some gift or providence which I lay before him he perverts into an occasion to sin and he commits iniquity, he shall die; because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned; also you have delivered yourself from guilt.
It's also stated again later on in Ezekiel 33:6-9; But if the watchmen sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, he is taken away in and for his perversity and iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. So you, son of man, I have made you a watchmen for the house of Israel; therefore hear the word at My mouth and give them warning from Me. When I say to the wicked, "O wicked man, you shall surely die," and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his perversity and iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his evil way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
At Watchmen Inc our heart is to train people to be alert to all the dangers around them and to warn those who are heading towards disaster. Proverbs 24:11-12 says Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, "Surely we did not know this, does not He who weighs the heart consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will he not render to each man according to his deeds?
When the danger is immediate and you are in a position to save people's lives we want to give you the tools that will enable you to do that well. More than just giving you tools, our hope and prayer is that we are able to impart to you the heart of a true watchman.
One of our favorite Scriptures is Isaiah 21:6 which says, For thus has the Lord said to me: "Go, set yourself as a watchman, let him declare what he sees." A watchman isn't always an appointed position. In ancient times there were often people set into the position of a watchman, but it was expected that anyone who saw danger approaching would sound the warning. Today this is even more true. No one is going to come pin a badge on you that says "Watchman Extraordinaire." In fact, you're likely to get some good natured teasing as you embark on this journey. You may even face some ridicule. You may ultimately even have to face the Valley of the Shadow of Death. A true watchman will face these dangers head on and will lay down his life for those around him, even if that effort is not appreciated.
A final word about watchmen is that the true heart of a watchman is to protect those around him from any danger. That includes the danger that he himself may bring. You cannot be a good watchman and terrorize your family. You cannot continue to let major issues in your life go unaddressed and then think you'll be able to step it up in the moment of crisis. The time to prepare for the moment of crisis is now. We don't put soldiers directly into combat without training and expect them to rise to the occasion. We train them now with the expectation that the training will allow them to function in the moment when it is most necessary. If you are struggling with an area of your life that would keep you from becoming a true watchman then we encourage you to get the help you need. Talk to your pastor or a good friend who you know has walked through this area and conquered it. Then prepare by getting all the training that you can so you'll be ready when you're called upon to watch and to protect.