“The rod means two things—it is used in counting in the sheep, and it is used to destroy the wild beast that suddenly springs out on the sheep (Psalms 25:4) The man of sin will have his rod (ridicule), he will do clever tricks, he will put the mark of the beast on every business system that he sanctions, and those who do not have that mark on them can never do business under the regime of the man of sin. Suppose you find the people who are “counted in” under the mark of the beast succeed, and you do not succeed, you may be tempted to negotiate the thing and say ‘Well, I don’t know, if I did this thing it would save me; I had better just compromise a bit.’ We must never do that. ‘The (rod) of the wicked shall not rest on the righteous,’ God says. There is no need to fear, if we keep within the moral frontiers of God we can say boldly, ‘The Lord is my helper.’ We do not need to mind the wicked bluster and say, ‘If you don’t do this and that, you will starve.’ Be faithful, make holiness your aim, holiness in every relationship—money, food, clothes, friendship—then you will see the Lord in all these domains.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Rod of the Wicked (Psalm 125:3)
I read this note from my Christian brother again this morning, in the context of today’s message: Come to me… It makes me think about John Eldredge and his assessment of the “self-made man” that we often put on the pedestal. Jesus told the disciples “follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” It’s all about what he’s making us into… coming to him to be molded and shaped. It’s all about what he is doing in us… not what we think we are doing in our own personal achievements.
Moments after reading the note above, I read this post from young man on the REAL Warwick FB page in response to my pointing out that the separation clause was to protect churches from the state, not the other way around as he has sadly been taught: But the churches still try and state otherwise. Sad. Religion should have no part in government other than acknowledging that each has the right to practice their own beliefs. Not to influence government to restrict others beliefs.
I pray for you to see in the note and post what has been done to us. The most gracious and loving invitation in the history of all mankind, has been deliberately twisted and perverted with the sole diabolical intention of being injected into the young mind…as a command.
Now, with this sad reality in mind, on to the message of the day. This Monday past I came across this article, Chick-fil-A’s Tolerance Gamble. I almost titled this issue, Chick-fil-A Missed the Class on the Peloponnesian War! For those unfamiliar, the Peloponnesian War may be the best example in history on the fatal consequences of appeasing your enemies. The article itself hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. But when I randomly happened on the Chamber’s quote at the top of the page, it instantly clinched today’s SMTU spot!
Why is the Warrior Stage so challenging for us as modern men? We seem to be very capable of putting men in uniforms, training them to fight, and sending them off to courageously kill in foreign lands. Why is it so hard to find men to fight the FAR more critical battles here at home…where THEIR families are in the direct line of the most devastating fire of all? WHY?
Most of the answer has been miraculously provided to us in the first term of President Trump. This one man, against every earthly power and force imaginable, has re-trained the focal lens of the American People away from the enemies outside, to the enemies within our borders. BUT he is only one man who has provided this generation of men with a rare and finite window in history. The rest of the story, as they say, is up to us. As St. Augustine so wisely put it, God provides the wind, man must raise the sail.
As I said to the men in my Fathered by God bible study group this past Thursday evening, there’s a thousand ways to fight. The Psalm 45:3 verse precedes Eldredge’s Warrior chapter for only one very importantly potent reason. Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one.
Think of action and engagement as the intended sword from the word of God. Think about my Christian friend who didn’t see the purpose for showing up to peacefully speak truth to the LGBTQ lie at our public library event. Think of the courage of the Christian men and women who showed up at the Town Hall in Dublin California to overpower the same lie that sought to fly its own agenda, in a sacred place of honor, above the town hall. Truth most always wins…when escorted by the courage of showing up.
I would argue that Charlie Kirk is girding his sword in teaming up with Liberty University to form this wonderful Christian think tank. “The Falkirk Center will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty University. Falkirk’s mission will be to ‘equip courageous champions to proclaim the Truth of Jesus Christ, to advance His Kingdom, and renew American ideals.’” University Goes on Offense in Cultural Battle…EpochTimes_20191206_A04_0
By the way, who do you suppose would be against the “renewal of American ideals”? The young REAL Warwick woman who posted the photograph of the two young men mocking God in the SMTU from November 24, and the civically misguided REAL Warwick young man above are not the enemy. Rather, they have been led into the enemy camp, blinded by the wicked…100% enabled by our silence and refusal to show up and engage the lie in any and all places it breeds. The great irony is the wolf moves on without a fight when courage shows up. What has the potential of peaceful resolution evaporates in the vacuum of our silence. On the other side of that irrefutable fact lies a horror you can’t possibly imagine. Think of that the next time you’re tempted to negotiate with that which means to devour your very soul. And let the enemy know…
“There is NO Warrior more lethal and Dangerous than a saved Christian Warrior, Eph 6:10-17, Psalm 144:1, Matthew 10:34,” ~ A Christian NY Oath Keeper