Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Today is independence day here in the USA. This is the day on which our fore-fathers published the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. This is an excellent document, filled with words that resound over the years of history since this event. It begins:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
Then it proceeds to outline the God given rights of the people, the ways in which the king has reduced those rights, the failed attempts to correct these wrongs and finally the formal declaration of separation from the King's power. This is completely correct in all ways. The complaints are explained, the failure to correct them is outlined, and the declaration is made. Did this bring our freedom? No, it did not. Actually, there was no noticeable difference in life here on July 5th from what it had been on July 3rd. The revolutionary war continued as it had been before the declaration until our nation obtained victory in 1781.
Diplomacy is the civilized way to handle things, but it is usually soldiers that bring victory.
God himself promoted the use of armies:
Numbers 1:2-3 (KJV);
Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls; From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.
And He also promotes diplomacy:
Proverbs 15:1 (KJV);
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
It behooves us, as Christians, to practice both. Attempt to handle all differences in a peaceful manner, but keep your powder dry.
May God bless each one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.