Happy Fathers Day! My good friend and Christian mentor overwhelmed me with an amazing birthday gift this week in The Founders’ Bible written by David Barton, with the help of quite the team led by Brad Cummings and Lance Wubbels. I have not been able to put it down. Why? Because it is a virtual lifeline to any American you may know who is slowly sinking into despair. And if your circles are anything like mine you are likely to know more than a few. There’s good reason why liquor sales and Zoloft prescriptions are way up. Our country that owes its very existence to the Word that inspired our Founders’ “Dream of Freedom”, has just declared war on its Author.
Just as light moves from East to West, so does good. Evil on the other hand, moving against the light, crawls from West to East. The once healthy and invincible God/family-centric American ecosystem has developed a festering, cancerous open wound, metastasizing in California, Oregon, and Portland as a rotting bed sore…slowly making its way East to New York and the Mid-Atlantic states. I just this minute ended a reply to a friend with the words NEVER lose heart. But how, as Kipling once observed, when all around you are losing theirs? Read Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, and last week’s Faithful Servant’s sage advice, “We as those who truly follow the Lord and His Word are challenged as never before, by sincere faith and humble obedience, to be as First-Century disciples!” It’s bad enough when the team mascot and water boy lose heart, quite another when the coach and quarterback do as well.
The opening quote above, and the Murillo quote from last week, together with this week’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday focus on 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 provide foundational truths that are both reassuring to the mind of integrity and character, yet extremely disturbing when we observe the spiritual weakness of the 21st Century disciples;
No movement will solve injustice that doesn’t have authority over the devil, because the devil is the author of injustice. That gives the church the unique role of being the only resistance. ~ Mario Murillo
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-10
This was the opening line of our invitation to this week’s P&FW, The toughest job in the world is defending Truth while “the spirit” that has possessed us provides aid, comfort, and cover to the enemies of Truth. What must 1st Century Paul think of His 21st Century disciples?? This is not a question I dare to presume myself wise enough to answer, though my accountability to my Lord demands I ask it just the same. Where are the believers standing up for and defending truth?
I had the most bizarre and crazy night of dreams last night. The craziest by far was a dream in which I was a fill-in newscaster on a live set where I was given a non-existent script that not a soul in the studio believed, to deliver…to nobody. And yet, they all acted as if all of it was real. So, thinking it all an absurd joke, I did my best Bill Murray in Groundhog Day schtick in 5-4-3-2-1. Nobody laughed. I am laughing now, fully awake at 4:58 in the morning, but I was not laughing then. God was showing me the inside of the matrix. This is our world now. These are all handsome and beautiful Ken and Barbie dolls, smiling fake smiles, as they lie to 330,000,000 Americans day and night. I had a friend ride up from Jersey to fire the Glock 9mil he just bought for the first time, because he’s “not allowed to in New Jersey”. We work together…we haven’t seen each other in 4 months. Two friends who haven’t seen each other in months, and he gives me his elbow to shake…do you see what the liars have done to us? Where are the believers standing up for and defending truth?
The truth is plain to see for those willing to open their eyes and stop the play-acting for the benefit of liars and thieves. “As a product of the public school system, I was not taught this history; quite the opposite. They had edited out just about any meaningful reference to God. The stories we were told were sanitized and scrubbed of any real spirituality—just names, facts, and dates, with little to no ‘through line’ of any substance, no over-arching plan or purpose. The Founding Fathers were just a bunch of atheists, agnostics, and deists, right? Apparently not! Everyone knows that the American Revolution (my 4th Great Grandfather fought in) was fought because of taxation without representation…you mean there was more to it than that? Far more, and thrilling to learn. As I listened to the stories of various Founding Fathers whom I had never even heard of, and learned of their deep spiritual passion, their love for God, their consistent commitment to and reliance upon the scriptures, I was amazed.” ~ Brad Cummings, The Founders’ Bible
There is nothing in this world more heartbreaking than to see those entrusted with the “only resistance” stand with the “the movement that doesn’t have authority.” Here’s what standing up and speaking truth to the liars and thieves…and far worse in this case, looks like for those of us who seem to have forgotten. It is my honor and privilege to introduce you to Captain Higgins.
If America isn’t worth fighting for, then my friend, what is? Who can turn away from a truth so glaringly self-evident as this? What can be said of such a man? Sir Walter Scott must have known him as well as any…
My Native Land Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d, As home his footsteps he hath turn’d From wandering on a foreign strand! If such there breathe, go, mark him well; For him no Minstrel raptures swell; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim; Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung. ~ Sir Walter Scott