THE ACID TEST OF CHARACTER

May 15, 2017

 

It seems that reverse racism is the order of the day, particularly as fostered by the news media.  Until President Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the big intended attention grabber was the thirteen senators who were designated to work on the Republican version of the healthcare bill.  Not only is this group all white, but, perish the thought, they are all male.  This social heresy cannot be tolerated when diversity is mandated in the name of “fairness.”  Of course, if half the body were female, black or brown, criticism would continue to be forthcoming from the peanut gallery, but the “all white guy” is just too juicy a morsel to bypass.  The reason is obvious when one considers that the “lack of diversity” narrative fits perfectly into recent rumblings about the failures of our founding documents…they were, after all, penned by a bunch of white men who could not have had appropriate appreciation for 21st century diversity.  The attacks are never based on the content of the articles for they are irrefutable, but rather the composition of those who drafted and signed the laborious efforts.

The media types love to position themselves as great defenders of every minority group, but in that effort they seek to disqualify all others from the conversation.  Perhaps they believe this attitude presents them as honorable observers rather than partisan instigators.  In comparison to the architects of this nation, the honor of the modern media is a mile wide and an inch deep.  We refer the reader to the last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:  “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Every word was chosen with deliberate purpose, therefore the word “sacred” cannot escape our attention.  Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary was only one generation removed from the author’s intention.  Seven definitions are given for “sacred,” all of which have to do with God and commitment to His purposes.  One example is:  “Invoilable, as if appropriated to a superior being; as sacred honor or promise.”  Sacred honor pledges life and fortunes.

When the Congressional president, John Hancock, affixed his famous autograph to the Declaration of Independence, he had already proven his commitment by ordering a cannonade on occupied Boston, realizing that much of his own commercial property would be destroyed.  In the painful years ahead most of the signers would pay dearly for their convictions:  “Five were captured by the British and tortured before they died.  Twelve had their home ransacked and burned.  Two lost their sons in the war, another had two sons captured.  Nine either died from war wounds or from hardships suffered in the war.  Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, watched his ships being destroyed by the British navy.  He died impoverished.  Thomas McKean had to keep himself and his family in hiding and lost all possessions.  The British destroyed the property of Francis Lewis and jailed his wife; she died a few months later.”  (Eidsmoe, “Christianity and the Constitution.” p. 356)

John Hart, a farmer and congressional delegate from New Jersey, was prepared to go the second mile for the cause of liberty.  With his farm situated on the enemy’s highway, the document before him loomed as a personal death warrant.  The approaching enemy compelled him to leave the bedside of his dying wife and thirteen loving children so as to flee into the forest for safety.  He would never see any of them again.  His home, mill and crops were all destroyed.  His children fled in to the mountains themselves.  For more than a year, this patriot lived in swamps and caves with his most civilized shelter being an outhouse which he shared with a dog.  Learning of his wife’s home going and the destruction of his property, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.  (Thomas Armitagy, “A History of the Baptist,” vol. 1, p.792)

The pinnacle of honor’s measurement is a willingness to die for a bedrock conviction.  Anything less could not be considered sacred.  This proposition is secured in Scripture:  “Bless the Lord, O my soul.  O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.” (Psalm 104:1)  This sacred honor was fulfilled and demonstrated at Calvary when God incarnate (I Timothy 3:16) willingly laid down His life to enable lost sinners in bondage a freedom that exceeds all expectations of any body politic.

It’s difficult to imagine any of the media big shots willing to give up lucrative contracts or be obligated to die in defense of political correctness.  No wonder the Declaration of Independence and succeeding documents are under attack…the character of the Framers casts a long shadow of suspicion on today’s critics.

These observations will bring accusations of judging, but the conclusion is found in two verses that no liberal has any familiarity with:  “Do ye not know the saints shall judge the world?  And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels?  How much more things that pertain to this life?”  (I Corinthians 6:2,3)

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