Wednesday, June 03 2020
The Nation Makers by Howard Pyle
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the confusion and mayhem of our political times, it is important to have and recognize a standard, a flag, or marker that can be seen above the current political “fog of war” on the ground. In earlier times this standard or flag was crucial for a soldier to be able to see and orient himself with his own people to know where the dividing line was between his friends and his opponents. Because of the inherent clouds of dust, blinding smoke, deafening noise, fluctuations of success and confusion, it meant the difference between knowing “who had his back” versus those who were hostile to him and what he stood for, in which direction the fight was being taken, and if he should move forward or retreat. The safety of his own life, his contribution to the safety of his compatriots, and his hope of victory were made known by the sight of his flag.
In the early Church under Roman persecution, this political flag for Christians was to publicly confess that “Jesus is Lord”. It was not only a confession of Faith about one’s personal belief, it was a politically militant statement in the face of Roman Emperors who demanded that their subjects confess that “Caesar is Lord”. At times under Roman rule to confess “Jesus is Lord” publicly, even with humility and submission in all other ways, meant that you recognized that you were on the spiritual battlefield with Christ and His People, and doing so would cause Caesar to draw a line in the sand against you. Because, confessing Christ, even in the face of death, was a standard or flag that a genuine believer could not back away from.
Today, we have a different set of circumstances, …same war. Today one may say freely “Jesus is Lord” without fear reprisal, ….because it is not a matter of what you may say anymore, but what you mean by that and what you do with it in the political realm. We have a major portion of the country claiming to be “Christians” but meaning many divergent things by that claim.
So, is there a political standard/ flag for our day? …I for one believe that there is. I believe it is abortion and the war on the family. I believe it is abortion because Human Life is the “Image of God” manifest, it is the sacred means by which the invisible God makes Himself visible in this physical/political world. Human Life is God's property and jurisdiction alone. He has the right of birth, Providence, and death in human life and no one else. Also, the Human Family because it is the womb, the school, and the launching pad for God to spread His Image throughout the earth covering it with his marvelous countenance and the object of His Great Commission. It is the sight which the “evil one” cannot stand and seeks to eradicate. It is the war that the enemy continuously seeks to divert attention from. We are swamped with abortions, 60+ million since 1973, 21% of all pregnancies (Guttmacher Institute). This is death on a scale larger or equal to Hitler, Stalin, or Mao. And it is a war on faithful families who seek to raise their children to reflect God’s image in this world, God’s means of covering the world with His Image. It is God’s Image and the faithful reproduction of it in the world that is under attack and anyone who declines to go along with that war becomes a political enemy, like it or not.
In the “fog” of this ongoing cultural/political war, when we seek to know where the flag, the standard for Christ is being raised, we need to look for who is actually doing things to protect the unborn, the family, and their liberty to raise children into God’s Image. Because today, the right actions are clearer than the “fog” of words.
“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battlefront besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
attributed to Martin Luther, quoted by Francis Schaeffer in The Great Evangelical Disaster
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Matthew 7: 21-23
17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? James 2:17-19
The flag is a flag of right actions based on Right Words, the dividing line is where one stands with abortion of Gods Image and the Propogation of that Image through His families, no matter what political party, "christian" church, or "woke" social platform one may appeal to.
May God Bless,