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


Author: Sojourner

I am a slave of my Master, Jesus Christ, the living Son of God. Learner. Teacher. Writer. Sojourner.

7 thoughts on “What Purpose Selfless Sacrifice?”

  1. Nonsense. Mrs. Davis’ actions are not selfless. She defied a legal court order, violated the voluntary oaths she took to serve her local residents, ordered subordinates who disagreed with her to also violate the court order, and obstructed the rights of qualified applicants to receive their forms. She’s not a lawyer or judge, and clerks have no standing to redefine law. I would have respect for her commitment to her beliefs IF she had resigned in protest as other objecting clerks have done. But she wants that 80 grand, even for refusing to do her job! Despicable.

    1. What you don’t seem to understand is that the Federal Government, as defined in the Constitution and clearly delineated in the Federalist Papers and other writings of the Founders, has no legal position on the definition of marriage. This is not a civil rights issue! The Legislature could have stopped them in their tracks. However, weak=knee’d legislators backed down to save their positions and their future financial gains under pressure from the Republican leadership and the President. It is a slippery slope that we probably will not be able to reverse.

      1. What the law or the government is or isn’t is completely irrelevant to whether or not a clerk has the right to even have a PROFESSIONAL opinion on it. This is the simple test of character people face every day, when a boss, a business, in this case governmental superiors ask the worker to do something they object to personally. There are only two legitimate responses – submit, or quit. Mrs. Davis refused either option, and so deservedly earned her (in my opinion) meagre penalty of a time out in the Mayberry jail to think things over.

      2. Davis was elected by the voters – by a large majority. She has an obligation to represent them – first and foremost – and to uphold the Constitution. Taking the coward’s way out apparently is not her preference. This country is in chaos because far too many elected officials take the easy way out, setting aside the trust placed in them by the electorate. (Take a look at the current status of actions in the Federal Legislature). At some point men and women must take a stand based on their character, as promised during campaigns. This is especially so when it comes to representing their constituency. We live in a Representative Democracy.

      3. Resigning in protest, as the other objecting clerks did, is not cowardice. It’s an honest acknowledgement that they could no longer do the job they promised. Oaths matter, as Judge Bunning pointed out to Mrs. Davis when he jailed her.

      4. Davis has not decided or acknowledged she cannot do her job. In fact, she is doing her job by resisting an illegal order. And, yes, the legality of the order is important. This is no different if a businessman is ordered to pursue illegal deals with a country under trade sanctions by the US. He can quit, and let others continue the illegal activity. Or, he can use the position previously granted him by the company to fight for what is right. Someone has to stop this nonsense – somewhere. Totalitarian governments thrive on fear of personal injury, and force everyone out who disagrees with their particular centralized view. I have personally experienced this in Libya, Indonesia, and other places. Not a pretty picture. As I said, you may enjoy the thrill ride as long as you are in agreement, but the corruption of power bites everyone eventually.

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