What Purpose Selfless Sacrifice?

In the early morning hours of 6 March 1836, a rag-tag group of about 200 volunteers were overrun by approximately 1800 Mexican Regular Army calvary and infantry soldiers at the Alamo Mission at San Antonio.

Texas Alamo

This company of men had held off General Santa Anna’s army for 12 days. Repeated requests for reinforcements gained no response, until 32 men rode in from Gonzales.

An intense battle of several hours followed the commencement of this predawn, multifaceted attack. The outcome was never in question. All of the defenders perished, their bodies burned. A handful of women and children were allowed to leave. It was over. The Mexican dictator had won the day.

Or had he?

“Remember the Alamo!” became the rallying cry for the battle for Texas independence. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. In April, less than two months after the Alamo fell, the Texans, led by Sam Houston, pulled a surprise attack on the much larger Mexican Army at the San Jacinto River, defeating them and capturing General Santa Anna. The General agreed to the demand for Texas Independence in exchange for his personal freedom.

The deaths of those who made a choice to stand firm ignited a fire among those who previously had stood on the sidelines.

What is the lesson learned here?

Sometimes it is the selfless sacrifice of one or a few who turn the tide in a conflict. There are examples, too numerous to mention, where Christians willingly gave there life on the mission field, and God poured out His Holy Spirit followed and a multitude of lives were transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today, in the USA, there is a torrent of anti-Christian bias deluding a large number of people and leaders of the reality of Religious Freedom guaranteed in the US Constitution. There is lawlessness like never before coursing through the very heart of this nation. Religious Freedom is a cornerstone of our country. Constitution-LincolnThose against it have no idea what its loss will do to the other freedoms we enjoy.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” [2 Corinthians 3:17]

In the state of Kentucky, a single County Clerk determined that her faith and her right of conscience would not be trampled. Kim Davis has stated she will not bow to an unconstitutional ruling by 5 justices; to the point that she has been willing to relinquish her freedom for her stand.

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” [Proverbs 4:18]

Most people in the US believe she is being foolish over a non-sequitur. They believe her actions do not logically follow. However, it is a far deeper issue. Marriage, as defined by our Creator, and as lived out by ALL CIVILIZATIONS since the beginning of time, is foundational to a healthy society – whether Christian or not. Mrs. Davis knows this and is willing to selflessly stand against this tsunami of irrational actions perpetrated by a handful of radicalized homosexuals.

What does her sacrifice mean? This action forces everyone in this nation to slow down – take a breath – and actually pay attention to the real issue

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.” [Proverbs 11:3-5]

The juggernaut of emotional frenzy, lies and uneducated misinterpretations of the US Constitution (as well as the Bible) has been, at the least, slowed by clear thinking, honesty and proper interpretation of the laws. The rampant influence peddling, abuse of a passive Legislative Branch by judicial activism, breach of the public trust in all three branches, coupled with probable bribery and extortion, and ultimately the Administrative Branch moving with dictatorial fervor, is now coming under scrutiny.

“The rich among you have become wealthy through extortion and violence. Your citizens are so used to lying that their tongues can no longer tell the truth.” [Micah 6:12]

May the Wisdom of Almighty God engulf us like a mighty storm; and may we be filled with fortitude and courage of conviction to stand firm and reverse some of this insanity!

Celebrate US Constitution Day, September 17, 2015

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Hemingway Meets King Solomon – 2

Good Without God! Really!?! (Part VII)

Ernest_Hemingway in KenyaMany years ago I saw a video presentation by a PhD psychologist/psychiatrist from Colorado, named Morris Massey. He had conducted a study regarding how workers, at different levels within an organization, responded to different situations. I have never forgotten his basic premise, with which, I can say today, I still concur.

The presentation was entitled “You Are What You Were When.” The primary point, as I recall, is that the first 10 years of your life set in concrete many parameters regarding how you will develop your adult lifestyle and how you will respond to various extraordinary situations with which you are confronted.

The time period and culture in which we live, the belief, or lack of belief in God, our family dynamics-parents or none, national and international events all play a part in shaping us to be who we are.

Young Ernest Hemingway, born in 1899, grew up in a burgeoning world, where the USA was just beginning to find its place as a world leader. It was a time of peace and prosperity. However, he led a conflicted childhood, with a father who was a country doctor, avid outdoorsman, and a stern disciplinarian easily applying corporal punishment. He was apathetic toward the things of God. An overbearing mother, although religious, created great trauma in the unusual and quirky way she treated her children. He developed an intense hatred of his mother. More than likely his lust for adventure and accomplishing great feats stemmed from a need to prove he was a man.

Solomon, the child of King David and Bathsheba, grew up in the years of David’s kingdom when times were really good. However, David failed miserably as a father. The warrior king who led his men through for years, was a passive dad, drifting in his ability to maintain a close relationship with God or any relationship with his children. Solomon must have absorbed a great love for God as a child and young adult. But, he was surrounded with great wealth in a royal family. More importantly, his father clearly loved and lusted after many women while he ignored the deep problems boiling over with his children.

So, it seems these early years had the predicted effect as Hemingway and Solomon moved into adulthood. There is no doubt Hemingway was a man of action, a great journalist and novelist; but, a poor husband and absent father. There were four suicides in his family: his father, Clarence, siblings Ursula and Leicester, and granddaughter Margaux. In addition, his youngest son, Gregory, living as a transsexual named Gloria, died of likely unnatural causes in 2001.

Ernest, himself, seemed to be on a slippery slope of life from the time he learned of his father’s suicide. The world system evaluates success differently than does a Holy God. But, even with his success as a writer his life was spinning out of control with freak accidents, womanizing, substance abuse and apparent mental illness. By age 60 he was nearly unable to write anything. His own suicide could have been predicted by reading his novels and articles, and listening to him. He was predisposed to the subject of death, comparing the death of his wild game and sport fish to that of man; even intimating he wrote to keep from killing himself. He took his own life on July 2, 1961, with a double-barreled shotgun.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

The book of Ecclesiastes, coupled with 1 Kings, shows how Solomon drifted from God in his adult years. And with that, he allowed the nation of Israel to drift into full blown apostasy. In addition, like his father, he neglected his children, a fact that led to the split in the kingdom between the 10 tribes in the north and the 2 tribes in the south, after his death. However, Solomon held on to the firm belief in a Sovereign, Almighty God. And he drew back to that in the last years of his life.lonely road

What’s the point? Many are the roads we travel down in life; many the opportunities; many the pitfalls. I am reminded of a poem I heard long ago – the following is just 3 stanzas of it

Only One Life, Twill Soon Be Past (Read the whole POEM)

by C. T. Studd (His life story is worth investigating)

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6