We stand against what appears to be an unconquerable foe.
I think that there is another war and allegiance to be recognized within Thomas Paine's famous quote:
"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
We are combatants within a raging war against sin. In the crossfire between the gates of heaven and those of Hell we often find ourselves the recipients of wounds deeper than can be visually discerned.
Despite these imperceptible pains, we must not forget that the war has already been won at the battle of Calvary. If we but endure to the end, we will at last know the gratitude of our peers and our God which we may not have recognized in our mortal service.