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Friday, August 15, 2008

A Culture Of Sheep

While we were at the beach this past week, we watched an interesting show on the History Channel. The focus of this particular episode was the battle of Stirling, during the Scottish War for Independence. It was a fascinating show! The host spent a lot of time talking about the Scottish weapons and methods of fighting. The Scottish martial arts were especially interesting. But the host kept marveling over the fact that the Scots were just common farmers, outnumbered, and the English, more skilled, better equipped had still been defeated. Now, I don't agree that the Scots were less skilled, but they were outnumbered and out gunned.

The men who founded our country faced the same odds but they knew that history often repeats itself. I can picture those fathers telling their children about the great battles of the past, and how the Lord shows His hand at work in the affairs of men best when He used the weak to confound the mighty.

I think there were two keys to both the Scots victory over the English and the American victory over the British. First of all, God was on their side and they were being invaded. Without God's help, all is in vain. Those people trusted in God's covenant promises to deliver them from the aggressor who was seeking to take away their liberty. Secondly, they were well prepared. Since most of the soldiers who fought the British were descendants of the Scots who had whipped the English, those men had been fighting for generations. That's one problem with prosperity: it breeds laziness.

So there we were at the beach. It was very easy for me to recognize that most everybody was a sheep. They were so vulnerable! The way they walk, even the way they dressed was so unprotected and revealing (literally)! Americans have become a culture of sheep. Internal problems aside, there are issues like obesity in children and a high emphasis on what feels good. Look at our enemys, the Muslims. Although that religion is not confined to any one race, it is predominate in Europe and Asia. They are taking dominion in the name of a pagan deity and they are prepared to fight.
They are doing what we are supposed to be doing in the name of Christ! They are the ones who are prepared! In fact, if Americans taught their children the same philosophies and skills that the Muslims are teaching theirs, minus the pagan religion and inserting Christianity, most of our problems would be gone. The sons of Muslims are taught how to fight and die for Allah. They are taught self-denial and patience (most Americans lack this). The daughters of Muslims are taught how to be keepers of homes and how to raise children, albeit with a perverted philosophy of how women should be treated. Imagine if American fathers as a whole taught their sons how to fight and die for Jesus Christ? How about if they were taught self-denial and patience? What if American daughters were taught to be Godly wives and mothers, to be helpmeets? France, who shares so many problems with America, is another nation of sheep. It will not be much longer until France is completely Muslim.

So here's a question for you: If America was invaded, would you and your neighbors be able to mount an efficient defense? Most people would say, "Oh, there's no way America could be invaded! Our military is too strong. It's just not practical." But remember, some folks never thought an attack on the World Trade Towers would never happen...but it did.

Because they were prepared, our ancestors gained freedom from a more powerful force. But most importantly, they trusted in God to deliver them.

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Blogger Son3 said...

Great post! I like the way you talk.

The problem with many Christians today is that they're wishy-washy, spineless, and basically ignorant.

No wonder they're called "sheeple"!

True Christianity is very non-compromise, but everyone today just wants to live on the Big Rock-Candy Mountain and never care about anything.

Timid men prefer the calm of compromise to the tempestous sea of True Christianity.

BTW, I saw that show too, and thought it was awesome!

August 15, 2008 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

As Cotton Mather famously observed in 18th century New England: "Faithfulness begat prosperity, and the daughter devoured the mother."

May God have mercy.

August 16, 2008 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thank you, gentlemen, for the comments!

BTW, Mr. F., what of Mather's writings can you recommend to me?

August 17, 2008 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Gravelbelly said...

Insightful post.

One more observation:

When we neglect the fighting arts and leave them to the professionals, we set ourselves up for oppression by those very professionals as well as by foreign invaders.

August 18, 2008 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Excellent observation!

The point is: the common men were the professionals. The farmers beat the soldiers because the farmers were the professionals.

I've also noticed that a self taught warrior tends to be better in a fight than a normal battle droid because the self taught warrior has the incentive to train himself to be better than the next guy.

August 18, 2008 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Cotton Mather is another of these ridiculously prolific authors of the pre-typewriter world. I believe he spoke 8 or 10 languages (including Iroquois), and wrote close to 100 books, in addition to countless published sermons and pamphlets. His most recognized work is Magnalia Christi Americana (in 7 volumes), and I confess that I have not read the entire work... though the snippets that I have read are excellent. Here's a site that might get you started though:

August 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM  

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