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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: A New Declaration
By Robert Johnson


“What are you doing son?”

“Dad! Didn’t you see the news?”

“No, I’ve been trying to avoid it.”

It’s started, Texas, Arizona, and North Dakota have declared their independence. Congress has declared war!

“Yeah, so what, what does that have to do with you? I asked you what you’re doing?”

“I’m going dad! Jimmy, Les and me are going to Texas.”

“For what?”

“To join.., to fight for our country.”

“Don’t be ridiculous Randy, this is not our fight!”

“Dad? What are you talking about, look what these people are doing to our country. Didn’t you teach me to stand up for what I believe in?”

“Yes, for Christ! Not this.”

“What do you mean, can’t you see it, it’s a sign, a three-fold cord…, not easily broken. Three states dad. This is a real chance to take back our country.”

“Our country? And what specific freedom would you be fighting for? Freedom to choose an abortion, gay marriage, a casino on every corner, pornography, Hollywood? Which one son…, which one? Haven’t you heard a word, I’ve said…, a word Christ said?”

“D-a-d…! I’m going.”

“Please don’t, son… Randy, wait!”

And as our country stands divided between left and right, black and white, rich and poor, Christian, Muslim and other, will violence be the solution? Do we need another war of independence, and independence from what is the greater question?

These are perilous times, but not for Christians, for “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” Matt 9:37).

The other question is this, should another war for independence ever come about, what do you think the Christian response should be?

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/12
This is a riveting story. I've read several lately about the states possibly engaging in another civil war. I think it is something most of us fear.

Near the middle you used the topic phrase. Sometimes I will do that if I worry that not everyone will see the topic. This one though was quite broad and open to the reader's POV. I don't think you needed that phrase as I could really see the topic before that.

I thought it was clever to demonstrate the topic with a sense of reverse psychology. The country is not as strong when we are divided. You did a great job showing this.
C D Swanson 04/20/12
Very nicely done. Good story line...and one of significance, as Shann said - it is one that has been discussed in many circles.

I liked the intensity, and I thought the conversations were very real.

Thank you for this.

God Bless~
Linda Goergen04/21/12
I think it fit the topic, but I was personally confused about where the son, Randy stood. At first I thought him and the seceding states, were rebelling to gain back a Godly nation, fighting against a socialist administration. Which would fit today’s scenario in America, as implied in the story. But then when the dad named all the ungodly choices to join up and fight for, it made Randy and the seceding states seem to be fighting for evil freedoms, which I don’t think fits the scenario of America today. America already has more and more of the evil freedoms, there would be no need to secede to fight for them. So being totally confused about the reason for the secession in the story it would be hard to adequately answer the question asked in the story “The other question is this, should another war for independence ever come about, what do you think the Christian response should be? Interesting read for sure...but left me confused.
Ellen Carr 04/22/12
I'm not an American so I'm a bit 'out of the loop' on this topic. I'm a bit confused - a war of independence or a civil war?
An interesting story but hopefully far from likely! May American Christians, and all Christians, live in peace and in mercy and justice.
Leola Ogle 04/23/12
It makes you wonder....It could just happen in the US, if Jesus tarries. Good job! God bless!
Edmond Ng 04/26/12
This story leaves us with much to think about. Good job on an exceptionally well written piece.