Will We Stand for Truth or be Herded by the Wrong Shepherd?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

Lately, I have been thinking about the ways in which this powerful creative Word of God continues to find expression in the lives of individuals who end up making a difference in the course of things. Whether we are talking about the advance of the Gospel message directly by missionary organizations or individuals called to the cause in less obvious ways, God’s is empowering His desired outcome of imparting light and life. What I find in my musings is that God is, in fact, watching over his Word to perform it. He is exposing falsehood. He is supporting those who speak the truth for it’s own sake. He is empowering those who speak for individual liberty. Why? My take is this: God desires a relationship with us all, based on our own free and unfettered choice. Further, He desires us to be free to carry out the tasks He gives us to do, unhindered by the control of an oppressive system of government of men or held captive by the wily strategies of the enemy of our souls who contrives limiting circumstance through evil designs and imprudent human choices.

If we look to heroes of the past, like the soldiers who endured the freezing cold at Valley Forge with Washington, we easily understand that their sacrifice helped to buy the freedoms that we enjoy today. Similarly, none who has seriously considered the landing at Normandy in June of 1944, can fail to stand in awe at the eventual effectiveness of such self-sacrifice to redeem the world from evil.  I tell you now: this Spirit is still at work today.

My family had the privilege of having lunch one day this week with a volunteer soldier on the front lines of tomorrow’s battle. He is one of a small army of individuals who are serving as early ‘boots on the ground’ for the 2012 presidential election. The man we met with is spending his own  money to criss-cross Iowa to meet with people to get out the message that we are at a critical crossroads. He is spending time away from his home and family to try to ensure that his children and grandchildren will have the same sort of opportunities that we have had; that this government will not suck up all the impetus for entrepreneurial endeavor and leave only stifling dependence in it’s wake.

This soldier told us passionately that, in his opinion, Sarah Palin was our best hope for the future. His argument centered on his perception that she is the only candidate who is actively listening to the people of America, trusting in the collective power of their individual ability to hear the call of God on their lives. By contrast, the typical politician wants to impose his own brand of central control from the narcissistic notion of what they “know” what is good for us.  (If you doubt me, I’ll share a few letters I have received from my congressional representatives, telling me why what I believe is not right, in their opinion.)

I will tell you that if he is right about Governor Palin, I find that particular argument most compelling. Only the Almighty is capable of seeing the end from the beginning, and of weaving the threads represented by all our lives into a tapestry that expresses the exceptional greatness that I believe is our destiny. Only He is capable of speaking to each of us the plan that will enable that dream and of nurturing it to fruition.  Together, we can hear and follow Him in a way no government can even approach, even with best intentions.  Anything less dishonors the sacrifices that brought us to this place and time.

The question we must all answer now is whether we will accept the mission that is before us. Will we be involved, doing our best to carry out the Maker’s will for the shape of the future, or just passively wait to see what befalls us?  May we all, like our patriot fathers, rise to the task!

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