But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:33
I’m reading the memoirs and letters of General U.S. Grant, something I’ve meant to do for a long time. I am struck how things are now as they ever were. The issues have changed, but the behavior of people is much the same.
There was a force at Camp Jackson just outside St. Louis whose command, at least, was sympathetic to the Southern States. They were well-positioned to capture the United States Arsenal there, gaining much materiel for the Southern cause. For reasons Grant himself couldn’t fathom, they never moved on that objective and were eventually captured and imprisoned.
What I found fascinating in all of this and more is how vocal those of the rebellion were against the silent voices of Unionists. Following is a very short excerpt from the St. Louis affair.
Up to this time (their capture) the enemies of the government in St. Louis had been bold and defiant, while Union men were quiet and determined. The enemies had their headquarters in a central and public position…from which the rebel flag was flaunted boldly. The Union men had a place of meeting somewhere in the city, I do not know where, and I doubt whether they dared to enrage the enemies of the government by raising the national flag outside their headquarters. As soon as the news of the capture of Camp Jackson reached the city the condition of affairs was changed. Union men became rampant, aggressive, and, if you will, intolerant. (emphasis added)
Elsewhere Grant relates how Missouri, for example, was a slave state, but failed to vote in favor of secession. Still, they were represented in the South’s congress. With the intent of the few thwarted, when the pro-south governor died, his lieutenant rightly assumed the governorship, but then simply issued executive orders declaring them part of the Southern secession, despite the will of the people by vote!
In the late 20th Century and on through the present day, the United States has been in the process of secession from God. This is a movement that has been led by a vocal minority while Christians, afraid of a confrontation, have remained silent. We find ourselves now at a point where homosexuality is not regarded as a sin, that evolution is accepted fact despite scientific proofs to the contrary, and so many minds have been swayed by the one-sided discussion that Christians find themselves on the outside looking in.
Who’s doing all of the talking? The atheists, who, by the way, believe in God and are simply angry at Him for some reason. If there is no God, if what anyone believes makes no difference when we die, what in the world are they so up in arms about? People with that much fervor have a lot of belief!
Meanwhile, we’ve sat in our pews all comfy with our hymns and orders of service and tried to just hope and pray this will all pass by. Our opposition has more faith and commitment than we do! Despite our familiarity with at least a few favorite Bible passages, we don’t ACT on them! We all know is that we are to put on the armor and weapons of God’s Word, but only in an intellectual, ethereal way. How many of us are willing to actually swing that sword and take a shot on the armor in real life?
We’ve been quiet and let the minority sway the minds of our friends and our children! OUR CHILDREN!!
It seem good always gives evil a head start by standing by as if it’ll all be OK in time. Always. Every time evil gets a bigger head start before good finally decides it’s a real fight after all. World War II was a lot closer than you might think, especially in the Pacific. Our navy was saved from its own errors, even stupidity, but for dumb luck. Providence, actually. With a capital, “P.”
Lest I sound too preachy, I have to say I’m writing this to myself as much as anyone. When, for example, was the last time I asked someone not to use Jesus’ name in vain while talking with me? Memory fails. And I’m ashamed that it does. I’m resolving to change that on any number of issues. When I hear something that isn’t right, I need to find a way to speak up and speak out in a loving, Christian way, but speak up all the same.
I invite you to pick an issue. Just one. Decide what you’re going to do or say about it. Get armored up in advance and then do something about it the next time that issue comes up. If you don’t, well…
…who’s doing the talking then?