LEST WE FORGET THEIR COURAGE……


I’ve been thinking about the conditions of our country and world and the upcoming elections. I’ve been thinking about my grandchildren and their fate if America is not restored to what the Founding Fathers established and brought forth. I’ve been thinking about the conditions of the world if the present course continues unchecked, and it disturbs me to the core of my being. I know the biblical passages regarding the “End Times” and fully believe that we are living in the LAST DAYS! However, I do not find anything in scripture that suggests to me that we are to passively sit back and watch it happen and say, “Whatever will be, will be.” NO! Instead I find example after example in scripture of God calling mortal man to have “courage” and “do the right thing.” This was often in the face of incredible odds, obstacles that seemed insurmountable, and often without the full support of the masses. Yet, He called upon them to “stand up” and “step up” to the task at hand and each time gave them a promise that HE WOULD BE WITH THEM. I believe that is what our Founding Fathers felt when they gathered to determine the course of action that would take the colonies into war with a far superior power and birth a New Nation Under God With Liberty and Justice For All!

For biblical reference let me call you attention to what Moses and then what God said to Joshua as Moses was departing the scene and the mantle and mandate to take Israel into the Promised Land fell upon Joshua. I find God’s expansion and emphasis very interesting. Moses said:

Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” NASU

Then God expanded it by saying:

Joshua 1:5-7 – “…Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 ” Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 “Only are strong and very courageous…” NASU

Did you catch the subtle difference in each statement? Moses said be strong and courageous. God said be strong and very courageous. When I read things like this or hear the Lord speaking things to me that calls for courage or identifies opposition I often ask, “Lord what are you not telling me?” Here, Joshua had to totally depend upon the promise that God would be with him. God didn’t tell him all he would face. He didn’t identify all the hardships. He didn’t detail the problems that would be faced. He simply said this is your task and it takes a lot of courage and determination.

I believe that on July 2, 1776 when the Continental Congress voted 12-0, with New York abstaining, in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s resolution “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” Then on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence drafted largely by Thomas Jefferson and heavily edited by Congress and adopted without dissent. On July 8, 1776, the Declaration was publicly proclaimed in Philadelphia. On July 15, 1776, the Congress learned that the New York Legislature had decided to endorse the Declaration and on August 2, 1776, a parchment copy was presented to Congress for signature. <strong>Most of the 56 men who signed the document did so that day. That was a day that changed their lives and ultimately changed the world, and I believe with the blessing of God on the side of the colonist.

Courage – – Too often we give little thought to what it meant to actually put you name on a document such as this. Under British Law it was an act of treason with the punishment being death. To publicly accuse King George III of “repeated injuries and usurpations,” and to announce that Americans were therefore “absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown,” was a move that required more than a little courage and forethought. These men knew that by putting their names to this document it could well mean the end of their earthly lives and brought their families into great jeopardy, yet they had the intestinal fortitude and faith to do that very thing – BECAUSE IT WAS RIGHT! They were risking everything and knew it. That is the clear meaning of the Declaration’s last sentence:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

History has many different versions of what happened to each of them, some things we know for certain and some is legend but regardless they were willing to “stand up” and “step up” at a time when their country needed them and put it all on the line for the cause of RIGHT! I believe that is where we are today. I believe that the need of the nation and the call of our God is to “stand up” and “step up” and put everything on the line to save America. Our resistance will not prevent God from accomplishing His purposes and will not stop the spread of evil in the world but it can buy some time for the Gospel message to enjoy further propagation, give our children and grandchildren hope for a future, and bring some order back to the world in what I perceive as a battle with radical Islam that they declared and we must not sit back in passivity or our existence is over. I personally do not want to stand before God and have Him ask me “Why?” Why I didn’t do what I could to save this nation. Why I didn’t do what I could to maintain a Christian base for world evangelism. Why I didn’t answer the call to courage. You can disagree with me and that’s fine, but that is my conviction and belief that we are, this day, being called to PUT EVERYTHING ON THE LINE for the cause of RIGHT and the KINGDOM in trying to save America from the demonic powers that are operating now in this world and are heavily influencing the decisions coming out of the Whitehouse and Washington.

My only question today is: “What will you do?” I have not seen the perfect candidate, but I have seen the drive and desire of multitudes of normal, average, everyday Americans through organizations such as the “Tea Party” and other groups that want to and are willing to stand in the gap and make up the hedge to save our beloved nation. I’ve talked to hundreds of people, some who supported this President, that have concluded that the course we are on is a course to the end of America as founded and as we have known it. Some continue in their ideological or racial biases and blindly follow the pied-piper waiting for their next hand-out and expecting the few to provide for the masses. It’s time for the masses to stand with the few and take back this nation. It can happen if:

1. We return to God with repentant hearts and cry out to Him.
2. Actively become involved in the political process not only voting but encouraging other to register and vote.
3. Make whatever sacrifices needed to support the candidate chosen to oppose the present occupant of the Whitehouse and his radical ideological agenda.

I believe deeply in my heart that God has issued the call to “courage” and the ball is now in our court. Many of you are currently involved, engaged, and active but some are sitting like the proverbial ostrich with your heads in the sand. If you are truly a patriot who loves this nation and wants it to remain a Free and Christian Nation then you must get your head out of the sand and become involved. It is a choice that only you can make. If the current present President wins America a Memory! If you are comfortable with that do nothing. If that alarms you then answer the call to “courage” and “stand up” and “step up” and link arms with those of us who feel as Patrick Henry – “Give me liberty or give me death.” I cannot make it any stronger than that. I have made my choice and hope that you have or will also. AMERICA needs you more than ever!

God bless America and God bless you!

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