Who’s Army Are You Marching In
In looking at the events that have unfolded over the last few weeks and months with all the hateful rhetoric that has spewed out of terrorist groups like ISIS as well as home grown terrorist groups like Black Lives Matters it is time to ask America and the world one very important question. That question is! Who’s army are you marching in? Before you answer that question take a look at these scripture verses from 2 Kings.
2 Kings 6 (NKJV)
6:8 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” 9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” 10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice. 11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?” 12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13 So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.” And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.” 14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 19 Now Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” But he led them to Samaria. 20 So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria! 21 Now when the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” 22 But he answered, “You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” 23 Then he prepared a great feast for them; and after they ate and drank, he sent them away and they went to their master. So the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel.
Let me direct your attention to verse 17. And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
In the world today there are forces of evil that are marching to create a new world order that seeks to instill a reign of terror on the populace that is unprecedented. Groups of people who have seized on opportunities to exploit events that they think will propel them into power. I have stated many times that we all serve a master. There is the master and the creator of the universe and all creation, which is God. And there is there is the master of this world, which is Satan. The war that is taking place is for the souls of man. As I ask the question again think about it carefully. Who’s army are you marching in. As you ponder this think about what Jesus said when asked the question about what the greatest of commandments are.
Matthew 22:36-40 (NKJV)
22:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
These verses tell us what kind of army Jesus has called us to march in. Are you marching in an army that is worshiping God with all your heart, soul, and mind. There are many religions in the world and many of them claim that this is what they are doing. But Jesus has told us that there is more. Is this army that you are marching in? One that is loving its neighbors as it loves itself! How about not just its neighbor but its fellow human being! In 1776 a group of men came together and wrote a document that is known as the Declaration of Independence. These men knew that they were putting their lives on the line with this document. But the bells of freedom where ringing and not just for some but for all men. Many of these men sacrificed more than their lives. Five signers were captured by the British and brutally tortured as traitors. Nine fought in the War for Independence and died from wounds or from hardships they suffered. Two lost their sons in the Continental Army. Another two had sons captured. At least a dozen of the fifty-six had their homes pillaged and burned. But they knew that freedom from tyranny was something that all men must have access to. As you read on I ask you again. Who’s army are you marching in.
The Declaration of Independence:
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
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.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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. The Constitution of the United States was written to guarantee
America was founded on the principles of this document but it has gone through many growing pains. Since its beginning there have been people who have tried to subvert this document by trying to deny those rights that it speaks of for various reasons. America is a nation of laws but there are ten laws that are the bases for all other ones. From these ten Jesus simplified them and entrusted us to keep them. America has made mistakes in those growing pains but America has kept growing into one of the greatest nations ever formed. America has been a nation that has stood for freedom and one in which people from all around the world has sought to become part of. America has been a nation that has stood in the gap against the tyrants of this world. We as a nation are now at a crossroad. The tyrants have come to this nation with the desire to take those freedoms away. Men and women have died fighting to preserve the freedoms that the people of this great nation have come to expect. Many have also taken for granted that these freedoms will always be there.
Evil has crept in and exploited some of America’s growing pains in an attempt to destroy this nation and enslave those who disagree with their actions. Freedom though is something that is never free. There is always a price that will be called for and paid for in order to maintain that freedom. That price must be paid because as long as history continues on its march there will be those who will seek the power to dominate others. They will seek to destroy those who would stand in the way of their quest for power and domination. Dictators, as Adolph Hitler did, will thirst for that power and will stop at nothing to gain it. These people have made their choice as to whom they are willing to serve and with who’s army they are marching with. Countless lives have been lost throughout history because of this thirst for power. Power does corrupt those who throw off any restraints that would otherwise hold them back from loving their neighbor as themselves.
From the beginning of this nation many chose to be in an army that believed that not only them, but all had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That not only them but all had the right to worship God and that all had the responsibility to stand up for those who could not stand. On August 28, 1963, nearly 200 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed Martin Luther King stood before a crowd in Washington and declared his dream to the American people. That dream of every child of every color and race being able to live together as neighbors and loving each other as Christ has commanded is still far from being realized. It is still something that Americans are still fighting and dying for. From the beaches of Normandy to the sands of Uyogema, American soldiers have died for the freedoms that we have and for the dreams of men like Martin Luther King. They have died and continue to sacrifice for a nation full of a people who all have dreams. But dreams full of untethered desires breeds corruption. A nation that is lead by those who have given themselves over to this corruption is always doomed to fail. Our Pledge of Allegiance has a phrase in it that states that we are one nation under God. By casting off that phrase America has become a divided nation. Those that seek to divide us also seek to separate us from God. There is only one way that America will heal and continue as a nation and that is to cast off those who are seeking to divide us from God.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
2:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
It is time to choose that army with which you will march with. It is time to pray that God will open our eyes so that we can see his army standing there on the mountain tops.
2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
There number is greater than those of the enemy. More powerful than any army that the enemy can bring against us. But we must stand once again as one nation under God.
2 Kings 6:16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”