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.
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. Those 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!