The Peace of the Patriot
Having been afforded a tremendous opportunity to let my voice be heard around the world by Matt Barber and the wonderful staff at Barbwire.com, I have carefully pondered my initial offering to a much larger readership outside of my own small sphere of influence. The burden of God’s judgement weighs more heavily on the shoulders of the teacher than it does on one who simply opines and the unit of measure utilized in that judgement is millstones.
It is with that in mind that I have chosen my words prayerfully and cautiously.
As of late, prayerful introspection has left me drear stricken. Scanning the headlines for a cheerful, uplifting story or even a temporary mental break from the raging fire of our Country’s rapid decline into godlessness and debauchery has proven a difficult task.
I simply cannot seem to find any good news.
There is no doubt that we have turned a corner as a Nation and that we have collectively, although not entirely individually, turned our backs on God. We will, according to His unerring Word, pay the price for our disobedience. He is not a man that He can lie.
Wars and rumors of wars loom ever-presently on the horizon. Infanticide, perversion, and the incorporation of false religions into the fabric of America’s Biblically based morality are a constant weight upon the soul of the vigilant Christian Patriot.
The unrelenting bombardment of bad news, sexual deviance, violence, hatred and the liberal agenda can severely impair one’s ability to see the good things in life.
Hence this article’s main text:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
As always, Scripture has every answer mankind will ever need. It is timeless. There is nothing new under the sun. Since the fall of man into depravity we have sought our own advancement, we have slain those who oppose us (for both righteous and unrighteous causes) and yet fiercely loved and defended those whom we hold dear.
Those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy are not always the pacifistic things that one would, by default, think them to be.
A soldier or first responder is about the Godly business of defending those who cannot, or will not, defend themselves on a daily basis. Although knee-deep in the worst behavior mankind can exhibit, they are engaged in service that has passed the litmus test outlined above.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Paul instructs us to apply a filter to our thoughts. If this mental exercise deems our current thought processes as untrue, dishonest, unjust, impure, not lovely, not of good report, unvirtuous or not praiseworthy those thoughts must be immediately be rejected as spiritually unhealthy.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
In verse nine Paul instructs the Philippians to recall his example when faced with uncertainty.
Paul studied the scriptures, he prayed fervently, and he heeded the voice of God as he planted churches across Europe (on foot) in full compliance with God’s Will. This was no small task!
If we are being beset with a burden of responsibility, of obedience to God’s voice, or a call to action in accordance with His Will only acquiescence to that conviction will give us peace. Those things which are troubling are very often the things on which our mental and spiritual focus must be trained, as they must be defeated.
Make no mistake, brothers and sisters in Christ, we are locked in a battle, perhaps the final battle, for the soul of America and The Ancient of Days has well-equipped us for the task.
May the God of Peace be with us as we rest our heads tonight, Patriots, knowing that the fight we have taken up is a Righteous one, if it has passed this simplistic test of scripture.
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