revival or revolution….
Yesterday I watched a presentation of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ on the History Channel. I am very familiar with this story but something new hit me as I watched. I hope that I can accurately describe my thoughts as they relate to faith and to patriotism and to the messy and nasty political battle that will determine whether future generations will live under freedom or tyranny.
One mistake that I have been making as a christian has been to act and to think like Judas Iscariot. He was hand-picked by Jesus to be one of His disciples and Judas believed that Jesus was the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy. Judas, had his own agenda and failed to hear the Master’s words or to understand His mission. Judas’ mission was revolution and was part of a movement to attack the Roman’s and free the Jews from Cesar’s rule. He believed that Jesus mission was to lead this revolution in spite of all indications to the contrary. We all know how Judas ended up. In an effort to force Jesus to take the reins of revolution he sold Jesus out with a kiss for 30 pieces of silver. He believed that when Jesus was brought before Roman authorities that he would at last call the revolutionaries out of hiding and the battle for freedom would begin. Too late, he realized what he had done and hung himself.
I see a parallel playing out today in America. Patriots believe and rightly so that Liberty is being replaced by government tyranny. The media are dishonest and covers for the POTUS and the Democrat party, the POTUS and Democrat politicians are dishonest and know that the media has their back. Congress is in gridlock, Republican Primary voters did everything possible to pick anybody but Romney, the Federal Reserve is printing money right and left, we are being denied access to our own energy resources and we haven’t seen the current levels of poverty since the Great Depression.
Many of us have been asking ‘why’ our fellow citizens are abandoning Liberty for a government supplied security blanket. There are many symptoms of this phenomenon all being discussed here in the blogosphere and by talk radio pundits as well as so-called news outlets and opinion writers. Many have posited and proposed strategies for changing the course of our nation. The truth is staring us in the face. America has lost her moral compass, her North Star, she has turned her back on God and on truth.
It is my belief that things won’t change unless and until we have a ‘come to Jesus’ conversation and a revival of moral standards. The Truth will set us free once again but it requires repentance and asking for forgiveness for turning a blind eye to the moral undoing of our nation, for allowing our children to be brainwashed by television and Hollywood and taught fictional history in public schools. Only a moral society can retain its freedom. A secular, immoral society requires a dictator.
Over the last three and a half years I have mistakenly taken the Judas attitude, thinking a bloody revolution might be the only way to restore freedom. Finally I hit the wall and realized that the only control I have is control of myself. I gave my worries to my God, knowing that He is in charge and that whatever happens, those who are faithful to Him will be provided and equipped to handle the future.
This doesn’t mean that I am leaving the battle for freedom in this election year. It simply means that I want to win the War for the very soul of mankind and serve in God’s army against the real enemy. My weapon and my armor of choice is Truth. Truth is found in God’s Holy Word and is more powerful than any two-edged sword. I will continue to point out the failures of the Obama administration and promote the alternative. A lively debate is necessary and helpful but I will not lose my soul in the process.
Our own Founders knew that the great experiment they set forth required a moral and decent society grounded in the belief of an omnipotent, all-seeing, all-knowing God, creator and Father to all.
|“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
John Adams (The Works of John Adams, ed. C. F. Adams, Boston: Little, Brown Co., 1851, 4:31)