The Canadian band Triumph wrote a song in the 1980’s called “Fight the Good Fight.” That was one of a handful of songs that got me through adolescence.
My faith was developing at that time, and that song seemed to put “faith talk” into simple rock n’ roll lyrics, supported by a powerful guitar riff. It fortified me many a day.
I always thought that title must come or at least be inspired by scripture. This was the passage I always assumed it came from.
At the memorial service for my buddy’s dad last weekend, this was on the photo card they handed out.
New International Version
1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.