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Topic: STAND UP FOR JESUS (don't write about the song) (04/09/15)
- TITLE: Hard Choices
By Art Westefeld
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He had not envisioned the need to act as Diamond, the admitted powerhouse pf the Super Hero team known as the Light Force, but out of habit he'd worn the futuristic belt to Israel anyway. He and the group's leader, Megawatt, were adult mentors to Blessed Fellowship's youth group. They were planning to help a missionary couple, Joshua and Michelle Swanson rebuild their church after it had been bombed only two months earlier.
When the group arrived agroup of hooded rifle toting men had burst in shouting Allahu Akbar while firing a random burst of gunfire that Rex guessed was to shock people into not resisting. He was less than impressed, having been on the receiving end of multiple energy weapons. Unfortunately Dirk, Megawatt's civilian guise, was grazed in the scalp by a bullet and was down for the count. Otherwise he could have peeled back a piece of wall and Dirk could have fried the lights and they could change and put these nutjobs to bed for the cops.
The Muslims were separating the women from the group and the lead creep was asking the men in the front to convert to Islam or die. As a local elderly man told the Jihadist to pound sand, or something like that, Rex didn't really speak Arabic, the ringleader pulled a knife and slit the man's throat. In broken English he announced to the rest of the hostages, "Such will is be the fate if you insult the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him."
Rex knew he'd have to act soon to prevent anymore senseless death. But can I, he thought, without giving up my secret identity? In his crime fighting career he had learned how to make only portions of his body into living diamond and had already reenforced his torso into crystal hidden by his t-shirt. The terrorists had already rounded up the women and were forcing them to surrender cellphones and valuables and Rex heard the sound of a truck backing up to a door. the weight of the truck made the walls rattle and Rex had an idea. It was crazy, but desperate times call for crazy ideas he decided. Hoping this did not get him shot in the face he stood, making his legs turn to diamond and increasing their strength far beyond any man ever alive. Pushing his way through the front of the crowd he recalled a Bible Study home in River Falls. What he would say would certainly get these guys attention he decided.
"Ain't no way wes gonna surrender to you crazies and your pedophile 'Prophit' and your dumb moon god. In fact I'm putting my foot down an 'declarin' that the one true God, Christ, will provide a miracle.
As he raised the mightiest foot on Earth he shouted, "Lets get a AMEN! Cuz a miracle is about to occur!"
And as the partially transformed Diamond stomped he foot down, on the toes of the knife carrying killer, a massive rumble filled the room. Anyone standing was thrown to the floor. An instant later Rex's trained eyes saw small electrical sparks hit weapons that the fanatics refused to let go. Turning he went to his longtime friend and whispered, "Did I wake ya?"
Dirk wiped a trickle of blood from his eye and said, "As loud as you were shouting? I was just coming around when you stomped and used your distraction to stun them."
Joshua Swanson holding his wife with one arm and searching the bag a terrorist had held the women's property for his wife's ring, called out, "Praise Jesus for providing that earthquake to come as that brave young man stood up for the truth!"
And the rest of the missions trip continued in peace as word of the infidels who could ask God for earthquakes sped through the local Palestinians community. No one ever challenged the Swanson's church which became known as the Rock on Unsold Ground.
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