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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)
TITLE: A New Declaration
By Robert Johnson
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“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.”
“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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