When all is said and done, there is much more said than done.
This will be the first of many quotes that I did not come up with and will not reference or footnote because I’m not trying to get a passing grade on an essay but am trying to communicate a few ideas that I think may be germane to our culture.
With all the survival and instructional blogs (this one being the capstone by which all others are measured) and web sites pontificating and gesturing broadly about what to do when (fill in the blank with assorted and sundry current crisis) you don’t really another adding to that collection so I will spare the reader those ideas.
I will, however, put forth some ideas regarding a subject that has been largely ignored, that is; What to do if we actually win?
You all now the three boxes that we go through on the way to revolution. Soapbox, Ballot Box and very very lastly Ammo Box. (I told you I’d be using quotes not my own). I’ll talk about the first two.
SurvivalBlog (and others like it) naturally are the first box and I am late to the party. In fact, I’ve been reluctant to speak up as there are so many of you more eloquent than I am and I was afraid I’d just add to the cacophony of noise.
So, on our Soapbox, we stood up, and shouted to all that would pass this way that same message.
TURN And RETURN
“….if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Turn to Christ, return to our heritage, return to our history, return to informed thought, return to law and order, return to the church, family, community, common sense, logic and hope.
It seems that our culture and alas even the church ( sorry but I have to keep use a small “c” here) is doing anything but this, in fact all seem to be running in the opposite way at a breakneck speed. This too should not surprise us.
“For 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.” 2 Timothy 4:3
So for all our effort and genuine attempts to convert the populous they have become completely tone deaf to any ideas but the those espoused by the ones with the loudest megaphone, I’ll group them all Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, CNN etc,, etc. under my favorite heading “the Kardashians. (or if you prefer Barbarians) The Kardashians are winning because the populace loves darkness and despise thinking. As a result our soggy Soapbox is collapsing under the weight of moral convenience and is no longer effective to the masses.
The next box Ballot Box is of course the one that we think should promise the most direct and immediate outcome.
There is no doubt that the outcome of the election in November will decide the course of the balance of most of our lifetimes. If the side of Law and Order win, we can expect more hate-filled impeachment investigations and general vitriol from the left (Side bar…why is it considered okay to be so rude to each other?) but law and order will remain. The opportunity to maintain these United States of America will still be possible.
But what will we do with it? What if we win, will we demand our representatives (notice I did not say leaders they are there to vote in our stead) to hold to the rule of law and return to “equal justice under the law”? Or will we see them continue to tolerate the disgraceful display of violence, looting, destruction of property and rewriting of history?
Will any true leader emerge to have the courage to face evil or will they continue to conveniently dismiss it for the sake of their petty serfdoms?
My fear is that few will dare stand in the face of evil for fear of being labeled a (fill in the blank with whatever the most nasty thing you can be called today and risk losing your sponsors, voters, daytime TV hosting slot…whatever).
Heaven does not turn a blind eye to this, and neither should we.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20
My fear about putting my hope in a mere political solution is there are few and fewer leaders that are even aware that our freedom and our rights are gift from God alone, not endowments from a benevolent government.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”
Our Framers and the subsequent generations understood this well. Until about 1973 or so we continued to cherish Life and Liberty (a case can still be made that most are pursuing happiness albeit it in foul and destructive ways)
I digress a bit, but we must acknowledge that the destruction of the innocent on the altar of convenience is little different than the pagans of antiquity. A society and a culture can only be judged by the way they treat their children, is it any wonder God has turned away from us?
“When you offer your gifts—the sacrifice of your children in the fire—you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, you Israelites? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will not let you inquire of me.” Ezekiel 20:31
So if peradventure God shows us more of His great mercy, that we do not deserve, and Law and Order win, will we simply breathe a sigh of relief and continue counting on our 401-K for deliverance or will we turn to Him as previous generations did and humbly and greatly acknowledge our complete and total dependence on Him?
Will we embrace and seek to understand the differences and legitimate grievances between the races and cultures that make up our great county and look for opportunities to serve them?
Will we look to bridge the gap that divides us, or will we simply move further away physically and psychologically and hope to see if we can outrun the problems…and most of all the unwashed masses?
You see these problems are ours, they belong to us. Why you ask? Because we allowed a system that has systematically outsourced education, compassion, and nurturing of our fellow citizens of lesser means to Godless Government programs that have reduced them to the worst type of existence, a daily kind of ungratefulness that feeds on envy, hate and rage.
All because we did not want to get our hands dirty and were more than happy to allow a government program and a small bump in taxes to keep “them” out of our neighborhood.
In the process we have robbed generations of the joy of accomplishment, productivity, self- respect and the very real “pursuit of happiness”. I rather suspect this is type of pursuit our framers had in mind.
Our framers pledged “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to forge this Republic. Our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, and cousins retained it again and again with their blood sweat and tears on and off the battlefield.
If we win, what our frail Republic will need most is not a group of pseudo-patriots that will spike the ball for a 2-bit sound bite, and then move further away to avoid Christian responsibilities.
What we will require a new set of Patriots that will make a stand for truth and justice, that will exhibit the kind of courage necessary to challenge falsehood in all of its forms.
We will need those quiet heroes that will share their lives their fortunes and their sacred honor with those that have maligned us and vehemently disagreed with us. Paul speaking through the Holy Spirit said it this way.
“14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:14-21
Not much grey aera here so quit looking for any.
Looking for a place to start? Begin by visiting a local church that is radically different from yours. If you are a white conservative Presbyterian visit a Black Holiness or Pentecostal church. You will discover that you have much more in common that you have differences.
You will most likely also discover a place that needs what you know how to do. They will need mentors for young fatherless boys, they will need someone to take the kids fishing or boating. They will need someone to help fix the plumbing in the nursery or fix the roof on a widow’s home. They will need someone the change the oil in a single mom’s car. Maybe even someone that can teach a little American history.
You get the idea; you are probably the answer to some of these needs.
It is your Christian responsibility to pursue those in need…just like Jesus pursued all of us to give us the thing we needed most Himself.
Here is a little story to remind you.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25 34:45
Grace and peace.
– F.T. MBA, PhD, CPT (U.S, Army, Infantry)