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Standing Ground

US_Flag_WavyI wrote this article in the form of a four page booklet a few years ago, but I did not circulate it then. The message is a little more urgent now than it was at that time. But it is the same. There is hope for this nation, and I do believe we will rise from the deplorable place to which we have fallen. But it will be a spiritual solution that restores us, and not a political change.

Jesus is indeed coming soon, but shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8) If you are a Christian you are supposed to be working until he comes. It doesn’t look like it is going to be easy work; and, no, he is not going to snatch us out before the trouble comes.

Standing Ground

Grandpa never served in the armed forces, but his heart was in the trenches and on the battlefield. I know because I ended up with his papers, the clippings, the notes, the drawings, and things that were important to him. I found that he followed World War II in the newspapers, aided by a very large colored world map, now bug eaten and crumbling into dust. He cared enough to be informed. DO YOU?

I must admit that I have barely begun to be informed, but already I can not help crying out, “Oh America, Wake Up, Rise To Your own Defense!”

Our country is facing more perils now than at any time in history, even the days of its origins, when wooden boats laden with vulnerable yet hopeful pilgrims came from far across the Atlantic, seeking to establish a new nation in covenant with its God.

Today, nearly four hundred years later we stand at the edge of a precipice. We are perplexed. Far on the other side lies a gleaming white city, but at our feet lies a yawning chasm. How did we ever get here? Is this the end? What has happened to our great nation?

For one thing, time is running out, and ready or not, The Kingdom Is Coming. God has already given us a glimpse from scripture of the violence and confusion that signals the ending of the present era and the beginning of the next. The trouble is unavoidable.

We are facing economic chaos beyond anything we have ever experienced. What is going to happen when we can not obtain the goods and services we need?

The moral fabric of our nation is in tatters, and our uncomely parts are fully exposed. Lawlessness is rampant; even our little ones have become a prey.

An insidious evil is infiltrating our government, seeking to enslave us by corrupting our Constitution and forcing our courts to recognize their ungodly system as law in our land.

Spiritual and mental deception as well as outright trickery, greed, dishonesty and lies are at the root of our troubles. This has been the case since the Garden of Eden. But, these things are coming to an end. God can and will fix our troubles, but WE HAVE TO DO THE WORK.

Jesus did not tell us to close our ears and go sit on the front porch in our rockers until he comes again. Your pastor can not do his work and yours too. Jesus said YOU go. YOU can make a difference.

It is time to wake up, stand up, and speak the truth in no uncertain terms against the evils that surround us. Let us be politically wrong and morally right. The United States of America was not meant to go down the drain. Our predecessors have too much sweat, blood, and suffering invested in our country. This nation was founded on legitimate and right principles as evidenced in our earliest documents, from the Mayflower Compact to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, regardless of how these documents have been misinterpreted in recent years. Our cause is just, and when enough of us care enough, with the help of God, we can change our land.

Let us not give in and throw up our hands and say “What’s the use!” There is no place for apathy or cowardice  in this fight. Remember the three Hebrew children who told the Babylonian king,  “Our God is ABLE to deliver us from your fiery furnace, but even if he doesn’t we WILL NOT BOW to your image.” (from Daniel 3:17-18) Let us refuse to bow to the evil forces coming against us, but resist. The Lord will walk with us though any circumstance if we will simply ask.

I do not know what the future holds, but from my study of scripture I firmly believe that the end of this world is not yet. I believe Jesus will in fact reign in the earth, for a thousand years, as is stated plainly in the Bible. Then I believe we will see the fulfillment of the prophetic words of Katherine Lee Bates from her marvelous anthem “America The Beautiful.”

     Oh beautiful for patriot dream……..That sees beyond the years.                                           Thine alabaster cities gleam………Undimmed by human tears.

But even if I am wrong, to take a stand against evil is the only thing to do. Even if our case were hopeless, to do right in the face of wrong should be our only option. We claim to be followers of Christ, but if he asks us to, will we follow him all the way to the cross? “Are ye able,” he asks, “to drink of the cup that I drink of?” (Matthew 20:22) Of ourselves we are not able.but we are promised in God’s word that we can do all things through Christ.

God sees and knows all things. Nothing is hidden from his eye. If he allows a trial to come to us, he has already provided the strength to overcome it or go through it. His grace is sufficient for us and his strength is made perfect in our weakness. (from 2 Corinthians 12:9)

…And having done all, let us stand.  (Ephesians 6:13)The_General_society_of_Mayflower_descendants;_meetings,_officers_and_members_arranged_in_state_societies,_ancestors_and_their_descendants_(1901)_(14778398032)

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