[Editor’s note: Steve Pauwels has an excellent post up over at Clash Daily that’s worth reading in full — here are a couple of excerpts.]
Thomas Paine warned, in the thick of our War for Independence, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
Many of us thrill at tales from American history popularized by the likes of David Barton and Glen Beck, chronicles of the hairy-chested heroes of yore: the nation’s settling, revolution, etc. Relishing the red-white-and-blue “thrill up our leg” they confer, however, we too often can forget these bracing exploits weren’t recorded merely for our emotional entertainment or as fodder for Hollywood. No, they’re supposed to pave the way for contemporary emulation. Whenever the newest batch of threats to our land’s well-being summons God-and-Country-loving folks to defiantly stand for what is necessary and right, we’re to respond gallantly, birthing our own fresh examples of nation-rescuing intrepidity.
It can become ruthlessly practical, disquietingly hands-on. […]
19th-century Dutch statesman Abraham Kuyper charged: “When principles that run against your faith begin to win the day then battle is your call and peace has become sin. You must at the price of dearest peace lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy alike with all the fire of your faith.”
More recently, Admiral William McRaven: ““[I]f you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up … the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”
Read more: Clash Daily
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