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Chapter 7 - Race in America

Race in America has become, or rather, has been turned into, a live wire or ‘third rail’ no sane person wants to touch. Any who dares is burned, in some cases to the point their reputations and livelihood are ruined beyond redemption. This is especially true for whites; there is simply no safe way to approach the subject. Luckily for me my career is totally unrelated to writing, commentary or punditry. In fact, my work and this – my ministry – are so completely different the only thing they have in common is me, and I don’t have any reputation aside from immediate friends and family. Since you can’t lose what you don’t have I’ll consign ‘safe’ to Perdition’s flames and proceed anyway.

The race riots in Ferguson, Missouri have captured the nation’s attention in much the same way as, and following the same pattern as, the unrest in the Trayvon Martin case, the Rodney King case and a host of others. A black criminal has an unfortunate encounter with the police, either dying or receiving a video-recorded beating. The national media descends like vultures circling a carcass; the event is publicized and blown out of proportion by demagogues and race hustlers, cries for ‘justice’ ring out, so-called ‘peaceful demonstrations’ inevitably turn into an orgies of rioting and looting, businesses are destroyed or burned and the police are verbally tarred and feathered as murderous racists. White people who had nothing to do with the incident are condemned as enablers full of self-satisfied ‘white privilege’ who should be required to attend sensitivity training. Politicians and talking heads pontificate about new laws or regulations they claim are needed, foundations with high-sounding names are set up to honor the ‘victim’ and their families. Oceans of ink are spilled writing articles from every possible point of view along with hours of endless debates on the airwaves. Social media erupts into a firestorm of comments, always descending into acrimonious back biting, insults and threats, along with occasional confusing, illogical remarks that would stymie even the Mad Hatter in his attempts to understand them. O.J. Simpson wasn’t beaten or shot but the same pattern unfolded in his case too. Remember all the blacks lining the freeways shouting encouragement to him in the white Bronco or holding signs emblazoned, “Run, OJ, run!”

Rodney King, in one of his few lucid moments, plaintively asked, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Hmm…yeah, uh…NO.

Sorry, Mister King, but the evidence is in and it appears that in fact we cannot all get along. Leftists who hate God, America and everything decent and moral have a vested interest in tearing down the whole system in order to replace it with a new one, one where they’re on top making all the rules. They have absolutely no interest in compromise or negotiation. Their hearts are hardened, their minds are closed and their souls full of rage. Racial issues don’t really matter to them one way or the other except as a convenient tool to bludgeon Christians and conservatives, and create more divisions requiring more government to resolve. Remember what Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

But racial issues do matter to the rest of us. By that I mean John and Jane Doe, Mr. and Mrs. Average who just want to live their lives without being bothered. We don’t want riots in our streets or businesses burned down around us. We don’t want to be called racists. We’re not automatically guilty because we’re white. We’ve never owned slaves. We don’t discriminate against anyone. Just. Leave. Us. Alone.

Unfortunately that’s no longer an option. The Left keeps throwing one racial punch after another at us. The constant attacks, slurs, insinuations, guilt trips and accusations infuriate us because we know they’re not true, but we don’t know how to respond in a ten second sound-bite. We’re not media savvy. When a microphone gets shoved in our face by some busybody reporter who puts us on the spot, we get that ‘deer in the headlights’ look and wind up sounding like backwoods rubes. Or worse, we take the easy way out by agreeing with the reporter’s rapid-fire insinuations of racism and ‘gee, there oughta be a law’ conclusions. The microphone is yanked away before we can collect our thoughts, the camera and lights go out, and we’re left standing there wondering what happened. If we’re unfortunate enough to see ourselves on TV later, we’re dumbfounded at how ridiculous we look.

The racial madness has to stop. The endless bickering and arguing accomplishes nothing except to amuse Satan. And there my friends is the real enemy. Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy. He and his angels will use every tool available to them to carry out their schemes, and race is one of the most effective ones they have. It works every time.

We have a spiritual problem. We need a spiritual solution.

And the answer is… 1) fight without anger, 2) obey God rather than men, 3) evangelize the lost in America and 4) forgive and pray for your enemies.

This four-part answer is somewhat different than other answers we’ve looked at because race is different than the other problems we’ve addressed so far. There aren’t any specific targets we can attack. There are no buildings to knock down or businesses to damage. Although all the problems we face are spiritual in nature, and all of them are supported to one degree or another by a secular, godless government, this one is more diffuse than the rest. It’s like fighting a fog or mist. You can’t pinpoint a particular source to bring your weapons to bear on, so we’ll have to approach it from a new angle.

Fight Without Anger

The Bible doesn’t tell us not to get angry. There are plenty of times when God Himself is recorded as being angry or wrathful. Various kings of Israel became angry, rose up against their enemies and attacked them with all the power of their armies. Even Jesus became angry when He saw the money changers in the Temple. He made Himself a whip, overturned their tables and drove them out. It was rather a violent episode if you stop and think about it, almost a Terminator ‘I’ll be back’ kind of moment.

There’s nothing wrong with anger, per se. There’s nothing even wrong with acting on your anger. The wrongness comes from letting your anger control you, causing you to sin. Ephesians 4:26 is very clear on this point.

In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. [NIV]

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. [ESV]

Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath. [KJV]

We can become angry at false accusations of racism. Anger is a healthy reaction to such things. We can let our anger, or wrath (I like the King James word better), be the fuel for our response; let it motivate us. As long as you don’t let wrath steal away your self-control so you wind up doing or saying something stupid, it’s perfectly okay to feel it, and use it.

Where most people, including Christians, go off the rails is when they become angry or wrathful at someone. When your anger is directed at a person instead of a situation, it’s very easy to personalize it and attack the individual instead of the situation, accusation or lie. You have to separate your anger from the person and focus it instead on the words or actions coming against you. If it helps, remember the old saying; hate the sin and love the sinner. This is what we’re aiming for. It allows us to be angry so we can focus and utilize our anger in a controlled, righteous response without sin.

Fighting back in this righteous manner would include such things as debates, protests, demonstrations, marches, lobbying, running for office, passing laws, filing law suits, writing books and articles, creating television shows, specials or movies. Dinesh D’souza and his new movie ‘America’ are an excellent example of this last one. If you haven’t seen the movie I highly recommend it. If it’s not in the theaters anymore, rent or better yet, buy the DVD. Christians need to support each other at every opportunity.

Next let’s take a look at the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, 18 U.S. Code § 249, which was enacted as Section E of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The first problem is, what do ‘hate crimes’ have to do with national defense? Nothing, right? Yet there it is, shoehorned in as a ‘poison pill’ on a must-pass bill. It puts Republican and/or conservative Senators and Representatives in a no-win damned if you do, damned if you don’t position. If they voted against it, Leftists and their media sympathizers would crucify them as bigots who’re prejudiced against blacks and gays; if they voted for it, conservatives and Christians would feel betrayed (and rightly so), endangering them during the next election cycle. They made the Faustian bargain in the hopes the Left and the media would protect them in exchange for their votes. It cost them a piece of their souls.

When Obama signed the Matthew Shepard bill (as it came to be known) on October 28, 2009, he made the following comments, “To all the activists, all the organizers, all the people who helped make this day happen, thank you for your years of advocacy and activism, pushing and protesting that made this victory possible.”

Activists? Organizers? Obama himself has been both at various points in his checkered career. But how many people do you know who’ve got time for that kind of thing? If you’re anything like me, you don’t know any. We’re all too busy working and trying to make a living for us and our families. But professional, full-time activists and community organizers, supported by leftwing billionaires like hedge fund king, George Soros, can dedicate their every waking hour to pushing, protesting and agitating for change. Sometimes they achieve it an inch at a time, other times they move ahead with huge leaps and bounds. And Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s disingenuous fulminations against the Koch brothers notwithstanding, most of the truly wealthy are leftwing ideologues who contribute hundreds of millions to their causes every year.

But where are the activists and organizers on our side?

(crickets)

There aren’t any are there? Oh, we’ve got a few organizations here and there but nothing, absolutely nothing like the veritable army operating 24-7 on the other side. So we need to build one. A good name for it would be the CPC, Christian Political Crusade. If you don’t like that name, come up with a better one but for now we’ll assume that one.

Just like the Mormons send out their young men on 2-year missions, we should send out our young men and women on 2-year ‘enlistments’ in the CPC. Supported by donations from churches and individuals, the CPC would pay room and board for these young people, call them Crusaders, while they lobby, protest, march, demonstrate, wave signs, man phone lines, create fliers and mailers, and provide foot soldiers for all the various Christian causes in America. Young people fresh out of high school or in their early twenties have boundless energy. Staying up until two or three in the morning then getting up again at six is nothing to them. The CPC would give them a constructive outlet for their energy, keep them focused on Christ and give them time to mature before being turned loose on their own. At the end of two years they would be ‘discharged’ with some agreed-upon amount to help them with college. Mature Christians with a background in organizational and/or public relations skills would lead the CPC, along with other adult employees or volunteers as chaperons and guides.

Churches and wealthy individuals would have to commit to financially supporting the CPC, otherwise it wouldn’t work. The whole concept is premised on the idea the Crusaders would be available 24-7 to fight back, to hold the wall against the Leftist hordes attacking Christendom. Young people are very idealistic. This notion would be extremely appealing to them, and, it would strengthen their walk with Christ to be involved in fighting for the Kingdom. If that’s not enough, imagine the look on the faces of the Leftists when a Christian army descends on them every time they try to protest something.

Fighting back must also include talking points. A prepared, agreed-upon talking point helps us avoid the ‘deer in the headlights’ look , it coordinates our response across a wide range of people and situations which makes us appear better organized and therefore a more serious opponent. It recaptures control of the ‘narrative’ from the Leftists, or at the very least forces them to contend for it instead of assuming it. A good talking point must do several things:

1. It must deny charges of racism without giving them any credence. Too often the very act of denying such a charge gives it an air of credibility. The left-wing media is mostly to blame for this but it doesn’t change the fact its’ true. We have to deal with it.

2. It must turn the charges around against the accuser(s); make them backfire. By hurling a false charge of racism our accusers are able to paint us as ‘the bad guys’. Our response should smoothly, and without anger, turn that around. If we can put the ‘bad guy’ image back on them it puts them on the defensive, never a good position from which to fight – which is why they try to put us in it to begin with. We need to appear as what we actually are – the good guys.

3. It must utterly destroy and reverse any attempt on their part to seize the high, moral ground. False charges of racism are, by definition, false and therefore immoral. I know this seems a bit obvious but good tactical and strategic planning should never overlook anything. Our response should clearly demonstrate that our accuser(s) have no moral ground on which to stand.

4. It must be explicitly Christian. I can’t emphasize this point enough. If we are too ashamed of our faith to use it in public we rob ourselves of all the power the Holy Spirit has to offer. We pre-emptively relinquish our most potent weapon. By keeping Christianity off the playing field we allow the enemy to set the terms of the debate, let them establish the lines of battle. This gives them the advantage and an automatic win by default. So ignore the naysayers and Nervous Nellies who say you can’t mix politics and religion. Full speed ahead!

5. It must not be self-righteous or sanctimonious. That kind of attitude will torpedo everything you’re trying to accomplish. Don’t ever give them the impression you’re talking down to them. Instead try to create a sense of identification between you and the audience, form a connection.

Let’s look as several scenarios, a possible talking point for each then a step-by-step analysis of the talking point in comparison to the five themes above.

Number one: if you personally are being accused of racism, one example of a good response might go something like this, “Even though I’m just as human as the next guy, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus ordered me to forgive those who harm or attack me, in this case by bringing false charges of racism in an attempt to destroy my reputation. So, I’ll follow orders and forgive them for it.”

Let’s break this down and analyze it statement-by-statement.

The first statement – even though I’m just as human as the next guy – is key to setting up all the rest. It creates an identification between us and the audience, whether they’re watching by television, listening on the radio, on the internet or some combination. It makes us just like them. And if we’re just like them, then obviously we’re on the same level; we’re not talking down to them.

The next part mentions Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount. If we have the courage of our convictions, we have to display our convictions. If you’re rooting for the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl you’re not embarrassed to wear a Green Bay shirt are you? You don’t hide their colors under the bed. Of course not! Neither should Christians. We should be blatantly open about using our Christian faith in public debate. Never apologize for proposing Christian solutions to political problems. Instead, trumpet them as the only solutions that will actually work over the long run – because they are.

Jesus ordered me to forgive’ is next. As a former Marine I especially like this part. Anyone who’s been in the military can relate to following orders. But…anyone who’s had to do what the boss told them, or had to obey the teacher or do what their parents said, can understand this as well. It’s universal. Implicit is the unspoken assumption that sometimes you have to follow orders you don’t agree with. True Christians want to do what Jesus says anyway, simply because it’s the right thing to do, rather than because we have to. But the secular world doesn’t always get it. I was 43 when I was saved. I lived a long time as an atheist and believe me when I tell you, the secular world easily misses what you take for granted. By telling them we are being ordered to forgive someone we’re once again putting ourselves on their level. The Apostle Paul zeroes in on this concept in his first epistle to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 – Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel that I may share in its blessings. [NIV]

We’re Christians advocating for our faith and our Biblical view of race in America, but we’re also ordinary people just like everyone else. We put our pants on one leg at a time the same as they do. Being ordered to do something reinforces that view.

Next is ‘…forgive those who harm or attack me’. The actual quote of course is Matthew 6:14-15.

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. [NIV]

While we don’t haul out the Bible and wave the scripture under their noses we are showing the public we’re the victims, the ones under attack. People instinctively love to root for the underdog. This phrasing puts us squarely in that category without explicitly saying it. But it does double-duty; it also paints the other side as the aggressor(s), as the bad guy(s). If we’re the ones being attacked, sinned against, then by default they must be the ones doing the attacking. In today’s upside-down worldview promulgated by the media, anyone attacking is presumptively evil, the bad guy.

Israel is the perfect example of this twisted thinking; Israel is defending itself against Hamas but because it’s attacking with military force they’re portrayed as the aggressors, the evil, colonizing oppressors. It’s backwards and bizarre but we can’t ignore it; we have to deal with it. The best way to accomplish this is to turn it around and use it against them. A form of verbal Judo if you will.

Next we specify the form of the attack; in this case by bringing false charges. We start by pointing out we’re talking about this particular attack, not something that happened yesterday or the day before or in a different county or whatever. We’re not bring up extraneous, unrelated events. We’re sticking to the subject at hand – in this case. By the way, this is as much for our benefit as it is for public consumption. There is a natural human tendency to bring up all our complaints at once, to drag up the ancient past. Marriage counselors encounter this trait all the time and continually have to tell their patients to stop it. So I’m telling you, “Stop it!” Resist the urge. All it does is muddy the waters and confuse your target audience.

Then we level our own charge by highlighting how our enemies are bringing false charges against us. Remember we have to keep them from claiming the moral high ground. Here’s where we do it. Not only do we paint them as wrongful aggressors, we also show them as lying about us. After all, a false ‘anything’ is, by definition, a lie. We don’t call them a liar, we don’t use the word, but the implication is there for all to see. Furthermore a ‘charge’ brings to mind a legal setting; courtroom, judge and jury. In the popular mind courtrooms are alternately dry, dusting settings where emotion takes second stage, or a highly charged battlefield where the truth emerges in a final, climactic scene. In either of those mental images, created by myriad movies and television shows, the final truth is very different from the original ‘charge’ which set the trial in motion. We want to evoke this subconscious impression in our listening/viewing audience. Whether they’re consciously aware of it or not makes little difference. It will affect them and the way our message is received anyway.

Next we identify the false charge – racism. This is an area where we’re able to turn the enemies’ own weapons against them. The accusation of racism has been so used and over-used it’s become somewhat akin to a red cape waved by a matador in front of a bull. The reactions it inspires – on both sides – have become almost automatic. During the 2012 election, Joe Biden, speaking to a group of black voters charged that Mitt Romney would, “put y’all back in chains.” In early 2014, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) suggested Republican opposition to immigration reform was partially motivated by racism. Retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) suggested that opposition to Obamacare was based on race. Attorney General Eric Holder brings up race and racism over and over again in multiple venues as well as referring to ‘his people’ in a context that clearly indicates blacks. Predictably, Christians and conservatives react with anger at these slanderous comments. False charges of racism, as in the Duke University case of three white players on the lacrosse team accused of raping a black stripper, elicit moral outrage of the highest order. Such false charges, and the damage they cause to the innocent, violate our innate sense of fair play, of right and wrong. It’s often seen as crying wolf too many times. Non-Christians experience the same sense of violated fairness, which argues it is innate rather than learned or taught. By issuing a statement that our accusers are bringing false charges of racism against us we can tap into that moral wellspring, show our accusers as the liars and perjurers they are, thus removing any claim they might make to the moral high ground.

Following that we bring up their motive – an attempt to destroy my reputation. It’s important to always mention their motives, otherwise we’re simply playing the game of charge and counter-charge, he said-she said. It gets us nowhere. By pointing out their motive(s) we move away from raw emotion to invoke reason and logic. We show the audience why our accusers are lying about us, why they’re making false accusations. We implicitly invite the audience to assume the role of the jury and judge for themselves between competing arguments. Once we’ve pointed this out, common sense will take them the rest of the way. Not all of them of course; nothing in here will satisfy everyone. But we’re not aiming for everyone, just the majority.

Finally, we conclude by reprising our earlier comment about following orders – I’ll follow orders and forgive them for it. The last thing a person hears is, typically, the one they’re most likely to remember. This is basic Psychology 101. Toastmasters teaches this in their speaking courses. So what they’ll walk away with is something along the lines of ‘gee, that guy (or gal) is just like me and is following orders to forgive their enemy.’ If they remember nothing else we want them to remember that; the identification between us and them, and that we’re forgiving our enemies for trying to hurt us. So the template or pattern for our talking point goes something like this:

• Just as human as the next guy – 1st identifying moment, we’re just like the audience
• Explicitly Christian – Sermon on the Mount and/or Jesus
• Ordered to forgive – 2nd identifying moment, we follow orders just like them
• False charges – what it is we’re forgiving the accusers for
• Accuser’s motives – why the accusers are doing this to us
• Reprise of forgiveness – 3rd identifying moment, what we want the audience to remember

We should especially note how short our response, our talking point is. It’s only two sentences long. Short, sweet and to the point. Long, run-on answers that meander all over the place are dry, tedious, hard to understand and ultimately, boring. By the time they finally get around to making their point no one cares anymore. They leave the audience feeling ‘this guy is old as the hills and twice as dusty; who cares?’

Keep your answers short, direct and to the point!

Ready to try another one?

Leftists often use generic suggestions of racism, such as the ones highlighted above by Nancy Pelosi, Jay Rockefeller and others. Harry Reid is also a past master at it, to say nothing of racial agitators such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. These attacks aren’t aimed at a specific person so much as entire groups, or more broadly, an ideology such as Republicanism, conservatism or Christianity. Sometimes they’re aimed at all of them simultaneously. These overly broad brush strokes are an attempt to destroy the credibility of the target(s). Sad to say, aided by a compliant, left-wing media, it’s working; slowly to be sure but it is working.

Our response, our talking point should be this: “When you slander ordinary people with false charges of racism, remember the Bible says there is no difference between anyone; we’re all the same with Jesus. You don’t have to like them but you don’t have to lie about them either.” (The Biblical quote is Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.)

After the first one this analysis should be a little easier. This talking point covers the same ground, if in a slightly different order. This time we start with our counter-charge of when you slander ordinary people. Slander of course is a legal term denoting “the act of making untrue statements about another which damages his/her reputation.” Most people don’t know the legal definition but they get the basic meaning; it’s not a big mystery. And notice we don’t say ‘if’, we say ‘when’ you slander. People know Leftists are constantly throwing around false charges of racism – ‘crying wolf’ as I mentioned earlier – so when you slander will be a case of stating the obvious.

Then we have our first identifying moment by referring to ordinary people. Who are the Leftists slandering? And we answer, “Why, ordinary people, just like you who’re listening or watching out there in audience-land. We’re just like you, we’re ordinary.”

Next we specify the actual slander; false charges of racism. Once again, false charges and slander remove any claim the Leftists make to the moral high ground. It automatically puts us on the high ground instead. After that we bring up the Bible and Jesus (explicitly Christian, remember) and the paraphrase of Galatians demonstrating that Christians are supposed to treat everyone the same. This does double-duty as an identifying moment as well – everyone the same. Then we show our tolerance, and by implication our forgiveness, by admitting Leftists don’t have to like us, but reiterate the falsity of their charges by asking them not to lie about us. (The talking point refers to ‘them’ instead of ‘us’ for generic use but depending on the context you could switch the words without losing any meaning.) The don’t like them part also harkens to their motive – the antagonism is personal. Underneath all the lofty political rhetoric is plain, ordinary dislike or hatred for someone. In other words, their motives are personal.

These two talking points are sufficient to cover most any situation or charge of racism that arises. Let’s take a quick look at some examples.

Accusation: you just don’t like Obama because he’s black. That’s why you oppose everything he does.
Response: even though I’m just as human as the next guy, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus ordered me to forgive those who harm or attack me, in this case by bringing false charges of racism in an attempt to destroy my reputation. So, I’ll follow orders and forgive them for it.

Accusation: conservatives want to close the border because they don’t like brown people.
Response: when you slander ordinary people with false charges of racism, remember the Bible says there is no difference between anyone; we’re all the same with Jesus. You don’t have to like them but you don’t have to lie about them either.

Accusation: you fired him because he’s black (or her).
Response: even though I’m just as human as the next guy, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus ordered me to forgive those who harm or attack me, in this case by bringing false charges of racism in an attempt to destroy my reputation. So, I’ll follow orders and forgive them for it.

Accusation: Republicans want to keep black people down instead of giving them the dignity of a living wage.
Response: when you slander ordinary people with false charges of racism, remember the Bible says there is no difference between anyone; we’re all the same with Jesus. You don’t have to like them but you don’t have to lie about them either.

Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances where you might need to modify the talking point somewhat. The riots in Ferguson, Missouri are a case in point. Example:

Accusation: the police overreacted and used too much force to stop riots.
Response: when you slander ordinary people working in law enforcement with false charges of racism, remember the Bible says there is no difference between anyone; we’re all the same with Jesus. You don’t have to like them but you don’t have to lie about them either.

Did you notice something interesting here? Our talking points don’t actually address the specific accusation, yet splendidly refutes them nonetheless. Remember the five issues our talking points have to address; number one is that it must deny the charges without giving them any credibility. Our talking points do that without getting bogged down in the minutia of petty details. This is exactly what we want.

Will these talking points accomplish anything?

Nope. Not a blessed thing…at first.

These talking points have to be used by thousands of different people all over the country, tens of thousands of times over a period of weeks, months and years to start having any impact. This is a marathon, not a sprint. The media will absolutely ignore these talking points unless and until they’re overwhelmed by them to the point of having no choice but to pay attention. Once they’re forced to deal with them they’ll shift gears to ridicule and derision. They’ll call them simplistic, formulaic, ignorant, backwards, trite or silly. They’ll attempt to paint anyone using them as a drooling moron, a gap-toothed, Bible-thumping hillbilly. In short, they’ll do everything except give them any serious consideration. Re-read the chapter on the media if you have to; they’re in bed with the enemy.

We will have to push this on the internet, on social media, on talk radio, in the letters-to-the-editor section of the local newspapers, billboards and paid advertising. We’ll have to force them to pay attention, then further force them to take it seriously by going over their heads directly to the American people. It will take a massive, sustained effort using the PIN Strategy to pull it off. No matter how long it takes, and it will be time consuming, don’t lose heart. Our talking points are the absolute truth. All we’re doing is forcing them to admit it, kind of like forcing them to admit the sun is bright. By the time they give in to the obvious the American people will already have heard our talking points so often they’ll have them memorized if we’ve done our job properly.

I’ve spent a great deal of time on talking points because Christians generally are so poor at using them, but the other aspects of fighting back are just as important. One of the most important ones is running for elected office.

As a rule Christians despise the ugliness of politics. It’s easy to understand why. The moment you declare your candidacy for office you become a target for the vilest attacks imaginable. Not only are they utterly vicious, they’re unrelenting. They come so fast and furious you don’t have time to respond to one before the next one hits. Your words are taken out of context and twisted to paint you as a monster. Your family is targeted, followed and harassed. At every opportunity law suits are filed alleging corruption or financial irregularities. Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX) was hounded out of office by legal charges that ultimately turned out to be completely unfounded. Every year with every election it seems to be getting worse. Who’d want to subject themselves and their families to that?

But Christians can’t expect non-Christians to pass reasonable laws or repeal unreasonable laws. We have to do it ourselves. That means we have to run for office or give our full-throated support to those who do. Here in Bowie County, Texas, a wonderful Christian named Sterling E. Lacy is running for re-election as County Judge. Back in April I interviewed him in a video posted on my web site. You can watch it to see what kind of man he is. The previous Judge, James Carlow, was a long-time Democrat who went from being a simple dairy farmer when he was first elected over twenty-five years ago to being a multimillionaire with fingers in every pot today. (How does being a Judge do that to you?) Carlow changed his registration to Republican but it didn’t change him. In the last election Lacy ran against him and to everybody’s surprise, he won. Judge Lacy then began to discover all kinds of shady financial dealings in the county budget, some of which are almost certainly illegal. Because of an illness in his family Lacy initially decided not stand for re-election, then reconsidered and is now running as an Independent. Carlow’s supporters are some of the most vicious, mean spirited people I’ve ever seen in my life. The things they say about Lacy are atrocious. The Marine Corps taught me leadership starts at the top. The person in charge will attract like-minded people and you can tell a lot about them by the quality of their supporters, so what do Carlow’s supporters say about him?

This is just one isolated case in a small county in Northeast Texas. There are doubtlessly hundreds of others around the country. I don’t blame Christians for reluctance to run, I blame them for refusing to run. Pre-emptive surrender is the coward’s way out, it’s a spirit of fear. The Bible is very clear on this issue of fear. 2nd Timothy 1:7 says;

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. [NKJV]

Fighting back is the manly thing to do. Jesus, so often portrayed as a suffering meek and mild milquetoast, was actually a man’s man who deliberately came to Earth to jump on the biggest grenade of all time. When soldiers do that in battle to save their buddies we call them heroes. Jesus jumped on the biggest grenade of all time to save all of us, which makes Him the biggest hero of all time.

Follow His example. Quit being a wimp. Get out there and run!!

Obey God Rather Than Men

In the fifth chapter of the Book of Acts, the Apostles were arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin for preaching in Jesus’ name. In verse 29 we read:

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. [KJV]

As you might expect this went over like the proverbial lead balloon. They wanted to kill the Apostles but a doctor of the law named Gamaliel, talked them out of it. Instead they had them flogged then sent on their way along with another stern warning not to preach in the name of Jesus. Instead, the Apostles went home rejoicing they were worthy to suffer for Christ and continued preaching in His name all the more.

Too often Christians these days aren’t made of such stern stuff. Instead they’re easily cowed; passively submitting to laws and regulations that are immoral, ungodly, corrupt and evil. We get comfortable in our 3-bedroom, 2-bath, ranch-style houses with a big screen TV, 2.3 kids and a dog in the back yard. We get complacent. We get lazy. After a while we become fearful of losing it, of having to go back to that dingy little apartment we had in college. Our material possessions become more important than standing up for our spiritual possessions.

We’ve heard it before, but Matthew 6:24 bears repeating:

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. [NIV]

If we let money, property and stuff become more important to us than standing up for the Kingdom we become downright pathetic. There’s just no use for us anymore. Regrettably, that’s exactly what’s happened to The Church. The Church has become useless.

It wasn’t always this way. It was The Church that led the way in 1776. Preachers and clergymen, who wore black robes at that time, were so effective at rallying the Colonists with their sermons that King George began calling them the Black Robe Regiment. The Church was at the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and rallied around the civil rights effort in the 1960’s. When Christians have the courage of their convictions, The Church is an unstoppable powerhouse. But when Christians wimp out, The Church is a joke.

In order to fight against racism in America we have to refuse to obey ungodly laws which make it worse. Hiring quotas, admittance quotas at colleges and universities, affirmative action laws and decrees are all examples of situations where we must refuse to obey. Furthermore we must give an explicitly Christian rationale for doing so. Galatians 3:28 is our answer;

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [NIV]

We must tell the secular, godless world another talking point, “The Bible says we are all the same in Christ; none better, none worse. Since the Bible also says we have to obey God rather than men, we refuse to comply with that ungodly law. Throw us in jail if you like but we will not obey.” In this case you might want to quote the verse as well. It will be difficult for the Leftists to refute your position without looking foolish and vindictive. (They’ll try it anyway but that’s another story.)

Once you’ve made your stand you have stay there. It won’t be cheap or easy. It may cost you everything you have – on Earth. But in Heaven your reward may be multiplied. You have to make up your mind then stick to it. No compromise or negotiation is possible. It’s an all-or-nothing proposition. God is an all-or-nothing God, and He expects the same from us. Don’t disappoint Him.

Evangelize the Lost in America

Racial problems in black neighborhoods stem primarily from a lack of Christianity. Without the moral discipline of Christian faith, fathers leave their children, families fall apart, respect for authority evaporates or never materializes in the first place and crime soars, which results in numerous, unpleasant confrontations with the police. Without the teaching of Galatians 3:28, a racial crack can rapidly expand into an unbridgeable chasm. We saw this play out in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Church is excellent at sending missionaries overseas to foreign countries. We do it all the time. Congregations take up love offerings, special offerings, extra offerings, etc., to fund these efforts. We send teams on short-term missions to deliver Bibles or pound nails in a new church building, on medium-term missions to build schools and dig wells, and on long-term missions to change whole countries. We’ve done very well at it, but we’ve neglected the foundations here at home.

While 78% of Americans claim to be Christian, only 20% of them actually attend church on a weekly basis. Some surveys put the percentage even lower. In violence torn neighborhoods where intact families with a married father and mother are scarce as hen’s teeth, church attendance is far below 20%, often dipping into single digits. Black neighborhoods lead these statistics but the key word is ‘lead’. Hispanics aren’t far behind and whites are catching up. Three out of four evangelical children (75%!) walk away from church while in college. In fact, college, overrun with liberals, secular humanists, progressives and evolutionists, is one of the fastest growing reasons in America for falling church attendance. Intellectual skepticism is the major reason given by those who leave.

Christianity is the foundation everything else rests on. Remove that and families fall apart. Families are the building blocks of civilization. Remove them and civilization crumbles. Law and order breaks down. Soon or later the only way to survive is for a strong man, a dictator, to take over and impose order at the point of a gun. Please notice, I didn’t say law and order, I only said order. In a totalitarian regime or dictatorship the law is whatever the ruler says it is on any given day, and is subject to change without warning at his whim. There’s not much crime, but there’s not much of anything else either, whether it’s freedom or food or gas for the car. Scarcity is the name of the game in totalitarian societies.

America is well on its way to that brutal destination in spite of putting a black man in the White House. Since Obama is the most un-Christian man in history to grace the Oval Office a great deal of the fault lies with him. Not all of it of course – we didn’t get here overnight – but much of the blame for accelerating the trend must be laid at his feet. Those who voted him into power must be held equally accountable. They voted for him in spite of the fact his father was never an American citizen, which means Obama doesn’t meet the Constitutional requirement of being a natural-born citizen; a citizen born of two parents who are both citizens. So there’s plenty of blame to go around, and the result of it, one of the symptoms of it, is the racial strife in places like Ferguson.

It’s time for The Church to start sending missionaries to our own country. We must put as much, nay, more effort into it than we do for other countries since we’ll encounter more resistance here than overseas. Evangelizing the rebellious or the disaffected has always been harder than evangelizing the lost who’ve never heard the Gospel before. The most difficult of all are those who think they’re saved but aren’t. If we don’t save our country first, we won’t have any base from which to work to save other countries. It’s not a matter of ‘either or’. It’s a matter of priorities. You can only do one thing at a time, so which do you do first?

You evangelize America first.

This needs to be a serious, nationwide crusade for Christ. We talk about great revivals of the past; the Great Awakening of 1727, 1792, 1830, 1857 and 1880, and the Azusa Street Revival of 1906-1915. Some people count the ‘Jesus Movement’ that started in the 1960’s and 70’s with the hippies as a revival, but I’m not so sure. I remember those years and I wouldn’t say it was a revival, or even much of a movement. It was more like a fad; a psychedelic one at that. Billy Graham of course did wonderful evangelical work beginning around 1949 and continuing for over forty years. While many souls were saved through his efforts, it was not the kind of national revival America has experienced previously.

As of this writing it has been almost a hundred years exactly since America had an authentic, Great Awakening type of revival. Yet that is precisely what we need. The Church needs to flood the streets of America with evangelists, preaching from every street corner. And I mean that literally. Go down to the corner of the nearest neighborhood you can find and start preaching. Forget about electronics this or internet that. Ignore television and radio. Disregard renting a hall or providing refreshments. Don’t worry about music. Overlook your own shortcomings as a speaker. We don’t have time for all that nonsense anyway. America is trembling on the edge of precipice. Put everything aside, take the Bible in hand and preach the Gospel!

Forgive and Pray For Your Enemies

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus dealt with our need for forgiveness from God as well as our duty to forgive others. The Son of God specifically tells us they are intertwined:

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. [NIV]

He makes a good point from a strictly logical standpoint; if you won’t forgive anyone why should God forgive you? Or to put it another way, why should God do something you won’t? Where is the fairness in that? God is the very embodiment of evenhandedness and fair play, so you’re going to be stuck between a rock and a hard place if you try to argue with Him on this one.

Fight the Leftists and their ilk with every ounce of strength in your body but don’t ever give into hate. The moment you do that you disobey Jesus’ command about forgiveness and you step onto the enemies’ playing field. The real enemy of course is Satan and his angels who are the motivating force behind our human opponents.

I don’t know a Christian in his right mind who would quarrel with any of this, but a lot of them might be asking, “Why are you putting this one last? Shouldn’t it be first?”

Yes and no.

Yes, it should be first in our hearts.

No, it should be last in our actions.

Here’s why. Too many Christians have become pacifists, using the Scriptures about turning the other cheek and loving your enemy as cover for their abject cowardice. We already discussed how our material possessions become so important to us we’re reduced to quivering bowls of jello at the mere thought of endangering them, let alone actually losing them. We rationalize our fear by quoting Scripture out of context, justifying our refusal to act as being ‘Christ-like’ and ‘loving’. It’s just a way for craven weaklings and spineless jellyfish to puff themselves up pretending to be men and women of God when they’re nothing of the kind. If we put forgiveness first in our list of actions they’ll use it as an excuse to do nothing.

We should have forgiveness in our hearts the whole time we’re fighting against the race mongers from the Left. We should pray without ceasing for them to find Salvation in Christ Jesus. We should never hate them. This is a perfect example of the ‘hate the sin and love the sinner’ idea. This is when we put it into action. This is when we actually practice it.

When two boxers get into the ring for the heavy weight championship fight, they don’t hate each other. They fight like cats and dogs to win, of course, but they don’t hate each other. The football teams squaring off against each other in the Super Bowl don’t hate each other. Some them probably played together on other teams and are friends. But that doesn’t stop them from slamming one another to the ground with bone crunching tackles.

We need to have the same outlook and attitude in our fight with the godless Left. Fight them with all our strength and mind and heart and soul, while forgiving them for their sins against us and praying constantly for their salvation. If you can do that, you’ve become a true Christian Soldier.

In order to fight racism and false charges of racism we have to fight without anger, organize young people as Crusaders in the CPC, Christian Political Crusade, agree on standardized talking points to present a united front to the secular world, run for political office and support other Christians who run for office so we can change the laws from the inside. Pacifism is for gutless wonders. Muscular Christianity requires men and women of Biblical faith.

We also have to obey God rather than men, which means disobeying man’s law even if we go to prison for it. We have to use Galatians 3:28 as the rationale we give to the secular world for our actions.

We need to evangelize the lost right here in America on a massive, never-before-seen scale. We have to go out on street corners to preach without ceasing in order to spark a new Great Awakening.

Finally, we have to forgive and pray for our worldly enemies at the same we’re fighting them tooth and nail; hate the sin and love the sinner.

This is how Christians fight.

This is how Christians win victory.

Welcome to the Christian Army of God!


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