2014-03-29 Let's play hardball
ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
March 29, 2014
This is a letter to our friends –
Let’s play hardball !
Our enemies are playing hardball and we are being “nicer than Jesus,” to quote my friend Dennis Peacocke.
Our enemies are free to lie, cheat, and steal, while we are obliged to be truthful, just, and forthright. That makes the hardball game appear to favor the enemy – until – you add that we are also obliged to be steadfast and courageous, while our enemy is cowardly, and bluff and bluster (a paper tiger).
What does it say about your “faith” when you are in awe of the problem? Why not be in awe of the solution? If you accept intimidation, you have accepted defeat. We may truly end up in concentration camps as have many in other nations. – It can happen here.
Congressman Tom McClintock, over the years, has been the “gold standard” of conservative politicians in California. Ungodly Republicans and Democrats oppose his re-election. His district is traditionally Republican. He should be safe. – BUT – The liberals are playing hardball. They persuaded all the potential Democrat opponents not to run. Then, at the last minute, entered an unknown candidate – as a Republican. The result – Leading into the November race, it will appear there is a civil war within the Republican ranks. The liberal Republicans and the Democrats will join in trying to persuade uninformed Republicans to stay home, or even support McClintock’s opponent!
Good people will be unaware, or over confident, and we could lose a proven good guy!
I write about this because it is typical of the deceptive, methods that have become common in politics. Such tactics are only possible because good people choose to be uninformed. Our enemies have NOT overwhelmed us. We have forfeited the game! Participation is out of our comfort zone! “Christians are duped to believe that the ‘forces without’ are mightier and inevitable; thus they isolate themselves, calling it separation, only to breed more cowards after their own kind.” [Kathy Dang, page 10, “A Guide To American Christian Education”]
Show me the men and women who will compare their church mailing list to the voter registration list at the county Registrar’s desk and ask their members why their names are missing.
Show me the church that will send an open letter to any candidate wishing the votes of their congregation, “Introduce yourself to an usher at any Sunday worship service. At the close of the service, you may speak for two minutes and ask for their support – after answering a few questions.”
Show me the church that organizes a candidates’ forum for its members – and their friends, informing candidates they will be present, else represented by an empty chair with their name on it!
Show me a candidate who will state that our nation has drifted from its Godly roots and deserves the just wrath of the God of the Bible. Who will state that without God’s grace and support, our nation is doomed. A candidate who will publically admit, as did Pope Francis the other day, that we are all sinners in need of Christ’s grace and salvation. A candidate who will boldly call Americans to stand with Christ for liberty under law.
“We are like sheep without a shepherd.
Dear Lord, raise up courageous shepherds.
That what YOU have invested in America not be lost.”
[That is my psalm – Ben Gilmore]