Yes, yes, I'm going to try and kick over a can of worms with this. Mostly, I wanna see how we all react. (I accidentally typed 'works' the first time instead of 'worms'... coincidence? Humorous at least.) I'm going to come across accusative. On purpose. Take it personally, please. I don't hate anyone here, I'm just trying to wake up the sleeping giant that is the power of the children of God in America. This should tick us off in a particular way. I am a citizen of the United States of America. If you can read this, you probably have a clue as to what I'm talking about when I say that 'My country is in trouble.' or something similar. Well, I think I have a clue, as to how to fix the problem. Here's what I'm thinking: Life Liberty Pursuit of Happiness Peaceful Assembly Freedom of Speech Freedom of Religion (to worship God, not devils and idols) Bearing of Arms ... and many other beside. Those are things which, about 235 years ago, alot of stubborn, ornery colonists fought for, of whom many gave the last drop of their blood in the struggle. They won freedom for us, at a very dear price. But they fought, and so they won, having the Almighty to aid their cause. Now, we say that we hold those freedoms dear. We admit that for generations they have been taken for granted. We acknowledge that today many of these freedoms, God given rights which no man or power can rightfully take from us, have been stolen, destroyed, attacked at least. If that be so, 'Christian', 'Pastor',(we dare to call ourselves by such high titles? we are not worthy of them) if we truly hold those things dear... If they were truly worth fighting and dieing for as patriots have done... Then how come no-one will espouse the holy principles that the clergy of that day preached boldly from the Holy Bible to the children of God? Is it not because we fear for our, COMFORT? They risked their very lives, their families even, to preach and teach what was called rebellion by the pawns of a wicked tyrant, with no earthly promise of success or deliverance. And many never saw it come to pass. Yet they won, because they discerned that these and other liberties came from God and that their cause was righteous and just. And now, our liberties, God-given rights, are trampled upon by domestic tyrants of all levels of power. Yet we haven't the strength to do more than whisper resistance. We do not deserve what we are unwilling to defend. Why should God secure to us what we will not value worth keeping? We do those patriots a disservice and their memory we have dishonored. More so, we have dis-regarded what God has given us in honor of their will to secure such rights as the freedom to worship according to conscience at the cost of their blood. We have sinned. Put away the so-called ministries. They are not to be found in our Father's commands anyway, most of them. Put away the suits, ties & shiny shoes. Gird on your gun belt. ...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Don't dare suggest that this is an earthly struggle and of no consequence in eternity - far from it. If that was true, then why would God have blessed the fight for independence with miraculous intervention? God is not callous to men's affairs if the cause was evil it would not have been so blessed. If it was worthless it would not have been so blessed. So... It has always been our duty to protect what our Father gave us and life is one of His gifts. When we allow murderers to take it away without a struggle by not being prepared as best we could to defend our own life or that of a fellow man, we sin against Him. Don't agree? Try arguing with New England's ministers of the 1770's. I know I came across as accusative here. I am as much guilty of these things as the next person. I did intend to rile the reader up. These things should make us angry. I was not taught these things by my teachers. I learned the principle from God's Word and found it exercised in my nations History. Then I asked a teacher about it. He hemmed, hawed, and weaseled out of answering. Anyway, it's time for history to repeat itself.