Sunday, August 06, 2006

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Psalms 119: 105: Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

For me, as a Christian, and as an American, this is the beginning of Wisdom. I am fortunate to have the Word of GOD for my spiritual life. But I am also fortunate to have the words of intrepid, courageous Patriots to guide me in my life as an American. Folks in other nations do not understand this, nor do far too many of my fellow Americans.

Here in America our Nation is the product of Faith: Faith in GOD; Faith in Liberty. Our history is formed from this Faith, imperfect as it often is. Those who came here from the Old World did so to escape tyranny. They sought a place where the Word of GOD could be read, spoken, taught in a spirit of freedom. Though not always faithful to their own ideals, for men are weak and fallible, ever susceptible to the vagaries of popular opinion, personal failings, and self-interest, these men strained for a goal that was only a dream when first envisioned. Relying on the support of GOD, these men, and women, also, betook to throw off the capricious governing of the Rule of Man. They sought instead to create a new nation founded on Law.

Every step of the way they sought guidance from the Author of Laws: GOD Himself. Knowing their own weaknesses so well, they pushed to rise above themselves, to discover a better nature. Together, these varied men, gathered together in Rebellion against their King, created a document that explained in words of amazing clarity, why they were no longer the subjects of an Earthly king.

Micah 7: 8: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me.

They fought a savage war against their erstwhile brethren and King, suffered tremendously in a Cause which was greater than any Human cause theretofore. The Cause of Freedom; of Liberty. A feeling of uniqueness was the common view of most American Colonials in those days. They had known for nearly a Hundred Years that they were different from the English who ruled them. They had left the British Isles, and elsewhere, to find better lives. They had died seeking a better life, had lost families in the search and struggle, had fought disease, starvation, privation, and savage attacks. They were not Englishmen, and they knew it.

But they had sought accommodation with their King, and had found only a Tyrant, unwilling to compromise. And they prayed for Guidance from the Creator of Nations, and decided, at last, to go their own way. And War came to the Americas.

Americans fought, and lost. They stumbled blindly for years, seeking a way to win. And every so often, when things looked desperate, lost, beyond their grasp, those Patriots would win. Small winnings at first, then later the winnings were greater. And still they prayed to the GOD they had depended upon from the beginning.

When at last they cornered the British Southern Armies of Cornwallis in Yorktown, in Virginia, the end was in sight, and Victory was assured. And they prayed in Thanksgiving for their Victory and their Freedom.

Matthew 5: 15: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Those men now came together and fashioned a government, weak, decentralized, and ultimately a failure. And they prayed to the GOD of Abraham and Isaac for guidance. And they gathered once more to do the hard work they had failed to do before. What they wrote has never been bettered as a form of Government. Were it followed as written, and amended, there is no doubt that this Nation would be better of than it is now. Yet … no Nation on Earth has the Freedom we enjoy here. No Nation has the kind of Liberty that we experience here, despite the small dictators which inhabit our government at every level. No Nation has the ability to change its government whenever it displeases enough of its people, in a peaceful fashion, every four years. No matter whether we are at War, or at Peace, we have always held elections. We have been a model for those seeking true Freedom throughout the World.

And we strive to improve. For we see our weaknesses and errors. We tinker, often ad nauseum, to fix and fine-tune our government. All too often we have allowed this tinkering to constrict our Freedom, something we should have fought tooth-and-nail. Sometimes that tinkering has resulted in our Light shining even brighter. We fought our own relatives in our own savage, bloody Civil War. And the Slaves were freed, and Slavery forbidden forever.

We fought a great Colonial Power to free enslaved peoples in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Though slow to recognize the rights of those for whom we fought to be sovereign, we learned our errors, and gave them their freedom, too. We went to the aid of our former Brethren and Cousins across the Atlantic when their fate was threatened by forces of Darkness and Tyranny. And our families prayed to God for success and for the lives of our Sons. We sought HIS guidance and went to War. We won. And we withdrew, dispirited and sick of the European madness.

And we prayed again to GOD for guidance, and went about our business of commerce and industry. And we grew, unbeknownst to our selves or the rest of the World, into a Great World Power. And again we crossed the Atlantic to fight encroaching Darkness. We crossed the Pacific to avenge the blood spilled without warning, by another Imperial Power. That one from Asia. And we prayed and we died, and we sacrificed, and we wept.

And we were once again victorious. But we were still trusting. Like Children. And we let the Darkness take power across much of the World and we feared to fight against it. Forty years would pass before most of that Darkness would fall. But may of us prayed to GOD for the release of the enslaved of Europe and Asia.

Isaiah 60: 19: The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

Now we fight against the forces of Darkness again. This time the forces hold no political philosophy, but a Death Cult philosophy. And again, as against the Communists, many here fear to fight against it. They have no trust in GOD, yet fear the false god of the Death Cultists. They counsel compromise, and reason. Yet the Hordes of the Death Cult have no interest in compromise: they demand surrender or death. The Hordes of the Death Cult have no acquaintance with Reason: killing is celebrated by them. The more deaths the better.

And many of us continue to pray to the GOD of Peace. We pray to HIM to bring us through this time of Evil and Darkness. We pray for victory over the Deatheaters. And we pray for our neighbors to awaken and recognize the danger, before it is too late. We pray for the Cultist to see the Truth and convert. We pray for the Light of GOD to shine on them and change them.

1 John 1: 5: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

We here in America can be a Light to the World. We can stop the Darkness, with GOD’s blessings, that is burning across much of the World. But we must continue to pray to GOD if this is to happen. Pray for the American and Coalition troops who toil in Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting the Deatheaters. Pray for the Israelis who are under constant attack form the Deatheaters, and have been for fifty-eight years. And pray for your neighbors who refuse to see, that they have their ‘sight’ restored and can finally see the Truth. Then pray for the Deatheaters, too. That GOD may change them, soften their hearts, open their eyes, and turn them from the path of Darkness they have taken.

Isaiah 5: 20: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Let us be a Light Unto The World. Pray!


a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

"Yet the Hordes of the Death Cult have no interest in compromise: they demand surrender or death."

And surrender would be death...

Brooke said...

Pray! The best advice one could ever give!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully written, benning. The more God is kicked out of our daily American lives, the more likely the "Hordes of the Death Cult" will win. Thank you so much, ACLU!

Gayle said...

Absolutely wonderful writing, Benning. I'm glad I managed to get here. (Slow dial-up and all.)

Great work and sentiments... I nearly cried! The picture is gorgeous.

WomanHonorThyself said...

Benning, I linked this to my latest post...bootiful hun!..:)

benning said...

Thanks for the comments. I know there are plenty of concrete things we can do, and our government can do, to fight the Evil out there, and the Evil right here at home. But I think we need more than our own feeble efforts when we are fighting what I think is more than Earthly Horrors.

Prayer is needed. For all.

Always On Watch said...

What an uplifing post!

Yes, we must pray. Easy to forget that sometimes.

Tom said...

Excellent post! We should be looking to examples from the past to guide us in the future. And the examples of the past looked to a higher authority - GOD!!

BTW - you have been linked on my blog.