When God Asks You to Take a Stand, Will You?

GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES OF THOSE INJURED AND KILLED IN THE STAGE COLLAPSE INDIANA STATE FAIR. AND GOD BLESS THOSE  CAME TO THEIR AID.


 

I go back to this scene from Evan Almighty all the time.

 

I went back to it again, with the tragic event at the Indiana State Fair this past weekend.

 

We are once again confronted with the question: “If God is so great, why does He let people get hurt, killed? Shouldn’t He make life wonderful for us and protect us?”

The answer to this question is deceptively simple. (Like many of God’s concepts, simplicity causes those who believe themselves wise to be confounded.)

To answer this question, one need only look at how you, as a loving father (or parent) show love to YOUR children. Do you hover over them and protect them from every possible inconvenience that might befall them? Or do you love them so much, that you will allow them to make their own mistakes, sometimes IN SPITE OF THE FACT YOU TOLD THEM “DON’T TOUCH THAT! IT’S HOT!” not two seconds earlier?

Does your heart ache every time your children lash out and say things like, “I hate you!” — even though down deep you believe (hope) they don’t mean it? Is it possible God feels the same things when you curse him for every bad thing YOU think shouldn’t be bad?

Instead of blaming God for tragic human events, or even for man-made tragic human events, pain, suffering, war, etc., maybe we should take a moment and wonder to ourselves: “Could this be the opportunity I have been praying for? Could this be the ‘opportunity to learn patience, be courageous, love my family, take a stand, that I have been praying for?”

And if that still, small voice in your heart answers yes (or even maybe) then NOW is the time to act. Don’t worry what others think. Don’t worry what others believe.

Photo: Reuters

I believe God gave HUNDREDS of people in Indianapolis an opportunity to think beyond themselves for a moment, and risk their safety, comfort, even their lives in order to save or serve another person.

Want proof? Are you amazed, proud, choked up, humbled, whenever you see those pictures of hundreds of arms reaching up to lift the tons of rigging off the stage? Do you want to cry, you’re so proud of our fellow Hoosiers? You KNOW INSTINCTIVELY that God uses opportunities like this to bless the caregivers and those in need, all at once. YOU KNOW IT! Even if you don’t believe in God… you know it.

God is answering our prayers every single day; patiently waiting for us to hear, understand His reasons and act — to see the wisdom in the way He chooses to show us how to glorify Him and serve others.

It will take three words to put His will for you into action: “I Will Stand.”

Yes… It’s just that simple.

What a Peaceful Revolution Looks Like

I believe that the real revolution to re-found America will begin, not with violence, but with thousands — perhaps millions — of people taking a stand for principles, values and the Constitutional rule of law. How will they take a stand? Call me a loon, but I believe it will be LITERALLY, People standing. Everywhere. Many praying for sure, but not all. Some of them will be simply standing up to the evil that is tyranny and collectivism wherever it rears its head. There will be video, there will be sound, and there will be lots of opportunities to see angry people, mostly politicians, yelling at quiet, prayerful individuals, who have finally decided to stand up and be counted. Quietly.

This “imagery” (I’m not sure what to call it myself) came to me over a year ago, probably around January of 2009. I’ve been mulling over it ever since.

Vision? Prophesy? Don’t know. But I do know… something like this is going to happen all across the country, in many, many ways and under varying conditions. Think Tienanmen Square only on the internet. Viral.

What Do Millions of Americans Taking a Stand Look/Sound Like?

No wild signs. No screaming. No chanting. Imagine thousands and thousands of average Americans, gathering for one reason — to take a stand on the principles, the ideas the bedrock foundational purpose of the original document that founded this country. Maybe they’ll start to look like Katy Abrams.:

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 to 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.

Thousands of people — some at local school board meetings, some at the White House, some at local government meetings, some just gathering together to pray or to discuss what real freedom and liberty looks like; what it feels like — just standing up, letting people know where they stand on these foundational principles and issues, and telling their neighbors.

Here’s what’s going to happen (I believe): Tens of Thousands of people will simply decide to just stand up for the Constitution… as individuals! Groups with names and leaders? There will be several, but one unified group, like the Tea Party Movement won’t work. It will be one of many… all with the same overall goal: The Resetting of America. Signs and slogans, charismatic leaders and big names will do nothing but give the Quisling Media Complex something with which to make fun of and marginalize. But thousands or even millions of Americans that are acting independently on the local level and semi-corporately on the national level? The media and the political elites won’t know what to do!

You! Yes, YOU! Stand up!

Find out where your neighbors stand on that old piece of paper called the Constitution. Talk A LOT with people about where they stand. What are their principles and values? They all don’t have to be exactly in line with your beliefs, but wouldn’t it be nice to know if your neighbor believes people who think like you, should be put in jail? To me, that’s good info to know.

Go to public meetings. If public representatives begin acting like they are powerless to represent you because there are those higher up that make the rules… remind them that WE THE PEOPLE make the rules, and according to the Constitution, all powers not expressly granted to the Federal government are given to the states and the people. END OF STORY.

STAND ON IT! Don’t take crap for answers. Stand there quietly and wait for an answer that makes sense. When the police lead you away for … for what? … disrupting a public meeting? How? — You will have taken the high (and non violent) road, and your political foes will look like fools.

What’s the plus side of getting carried out of a public meeting for standing peacefully for our founding principles? Others might come out with you and you can all discuss what the Constitution means. You’ll make new friends because you’ll know that THEY also believe in the truth and power of our Founding Documents.

Who Loses Here?

Progressive, Type-A, Community Organizing (of the proletariat) Control Freaks will, of course, be outraged and shocked! They will look for names to call you. There will be plenty, but none of them will be true. They will look for leaders to snoop on and crucify in the media. They will find none. They will take quotes (of our Founding Fathers) out of context and try to prove that all of those Americans out there, standing up for the Constitution are racists and even terrorists.

This is why a peaceful revolution must be carried out by simply standing up for what we know is right. Standing up for what we know has worked for centuries.

So what happens when this “vision” happens in real life, and thousands of people are in the streets, simply gathering, talking about the Constitution and some just praying together at various locations across the country?

That’s probably with the violence will start.

We (those who are beginning to participate on the myriad number of patriot-themed networking sites) are starting to read the occasional call for some kind of ‘revolution’ to begin. I can’t emphasize enough, that for everyone concerned about the liberties and freedoms this country has stood for over the centuries, a violent revolution MUST NOT HAPPEN. (Not that we could do anything about it if it did start, but it must not start as a result of a patriot and lover of liberty making the first move.)

Boston+MassacreI believe that a true cultural revolution can be affected by millions of individuals coming to the understanding of what is right and what is wrong. We need to relearn the meanings of  freedom and liberty as well as the definition of evil and tyranny. Individuals need to feel confident in taking a stand and calling a thing what it is. For example: if an idea is an idea born out of the theories of Karl Marx, then it is Marxism.
Individuals need to stand up among their peers and express confidently and boldly their ideas of what freedom means. If you are called names or shouted down, so be it. Be sure, others who agree with you will see your bravery and wish they had done the same. Possibly they will standing with you next time.
A peaceful revolution starts locally; at school board meetings, local community and civic boards and even on the editorial pages of your local paper. They start with people TAKING A STAND on an issues and ideas, then communicating those ideas to others, then gathering with more and more people who agree with the ideas.
Some Want a Revolution NOW

Believe me, I understand that sentiment. However, no matter how tyrannical things get, the answer to that statement must always be NO, we can NOT have a (violent) revolution right now. Take a look at history! Violence from the dissidents is what Tyrants want. The Boston Tea Party wasn’t that big of a deal, but it was a good enough reason for King George to tighten the screws.
health care voteBefore Health Care passed, the Congressional Jesters did their own version of a pre-victory perp walk through protesters. DUH! They WANTED people to spit on them, call them names, possibly shove them around that day. And since no one did, they lied about it anyway. “Those Tea Baggers called us names! Waaaah!”
Babies.
But what would have happened if something DID go violently wrong? Imagine the media frenzy if just one damning video got out!! Tea Party/9.12ers/etc. are already pretty much on the domestic terrorist watch list. So… what one thing do most terrorists NOT do? Quietly standing up for what they believe? There you go!

The answer, I believe, is in millions of people, taking INDEPENDENT action by standing up for whatever is right, wherever they are, and being vocal (but not violent) about it. Get to know your neighbors. Find out where they stand on things. IF they don’t agree with you on some very important principles, make a note to not rely on them in an emergency or in a time of crisis… whatever that might be. The neighbors you DO agree with, start going to public meetings together, hold ad hoc public gatherings just to talk about local politics. DO THINGS AND TALK WITH THE PEOPLE WHO SHARE YOUR PRINCIPLES AND VALUES. GROW FROM THERE.

Network in Real Life, not Virtually

If you network with five of your neighbors, and they network with five more and so on, then when tyrannical laws DO go into effect, there will be more people predisposed to NOT COMPLY than who do. And you’ll know this because you’ve actually networked with real, local people, not 1,000 virtual people who contributed to a FaceBook page from all over the country.

YOU can ONLY make a difference if YOU encourage people to make real life contact with like-minded individuals, and then encourage all THOSE individuals to take a stand on the singular, foundational principles and values that drive the issues of the day. Defend liberty by promising yourself, then your neighbors that you will take a stand. Convince them to take a stand with you, then do it again, and again.

This, my friends, is what a peaceful revolution will look like.

God bless.

BbB

 

When Healthcare Passes, Ignore the State

Ignoring the state, in other words, standing up for yourself and doing without government intrusion in every aspect of your life, is something that Tolstoy dealt with a long, long, time ago.

Check out Tolstoy’s Letter to Liberals where he answers the question: What then to do?

I posted this to my SkippingSchool.us site to illustrate how people might skip government schooling and reclaim their lives, but it applies to all things, including the health-care debate.

You First Must Stand

One Stands Then Others

Individuals… taking individual stands on small, local issues. Finding people who agree with you, one person at a time, and discussing principles and what it means to be an American. This is what we need.

Joining groups, plotting ideas on web sites, blogs and social networks and even writing our representatives will never work as effectively as finally getting up the nerve to venture out in the non-virtual world, meeting and getting to know five of your neighbors.

If/when something drastic happens, and the internet is shut down, and the riots begin and martial law is considered… what are you and your family going to do? Do you have a plan? Do you know your neighbors? Are they friends or foes?

If you live in the country, do you know that your neighbors hold similar beliefs and ideas to you, or are they going to turn you in because they know you have guns in the house and call yourself a patriot? (You see… this puts you on the Domestic Terrorist list and if your neighbor is a member of the new ACORN national defense corpse… they’ll have no choice but to report you.)

And if you live in the city…. God bless you. You’re on your own not matter what I say here.

But what if you KNOW FOR A FACT that five of your neighbors are on the same page as you? What if you KNOW that you are all looking out for each other? Not just home defense… but cooperative political and economic survival. What if each of those five neighbors, knows five other neighbors? And so on.

America is coming to a point where one national disaster will tear us at the seams. So many people today are addicted to the virtual friend world and absolutely ignorant of their physical reality. The advantage will go to those who are grounded in reality, not in virtual relationships and networks.

The advantage will go to those who know who among them are friends and foes.

And NO ONE will know anything, until he or she, as an individual, takes a stand… and finds that someone else will stand with them. And then another, and another….

An Army of Davids or Are We Sheeple?

Our nation is being subjected to “Fundamental Change” from within. When you change something from the foundation up, you must first destroy the foundation. This is what we are seeing before our very eyes.

Liberties, Freedoms, Property (rights) are being whittled away bit by bit, by the very people whom we expect to protect and defend those rights.

My friend, Bruno explained it well via his Extreme Wisdom Blog by asking, “Are we an Army of Davids, or Sheep?”. We recently had another terrorist attack (this one an attempt that failed) on Christmas day. There was at least one person on board the fated plane that stood up and took action.

Jasper Schuringa is our “David of the Day.” He didn’t think… or ponder the implications of tackling someone who was of a politically correct protected class. This hero, saw that another human with evil intent was in the process of trying to kill everyone on that plane.

The story is still being written, but the important part is history: Someone stood up. Someone took a stand and did what was right, and people’s lives were saved. Let’s hope he doesn’t get punished for pointing out, yet another terrorist attack has happened on American soil since Barack Obama entered the White House.

BbB

[Read some more thoughts here.]

What If We Knew?

What if we could KNOW without a doubt (or without a serious doubt) where our neighbors stood on an issue?

What if we could be sure that if something were to happen to you or your family, you could be reasonably sure that your close friends and neighbors would do the right thing? Wouldn’t that be a good thing?

So here’s The Idea: Produce a mechanism by which people can get an immediate idea of how many people in their state (maybe county? eventually?) are on the same page ideaologically, philosophically, morally, spiritually, on the larger issues of the day.

Conservatives only? Maybe. After all, I don’t care to waste my time finding out how many people are against the things I believe in. I want to know what people are FOR — where they stand. I want to know if they will stand with me or against me. In other words: If they see someone robbing my house, are they going to call the police, try to stop them, do something? Or are they going to just mind their own business?

On a related tangent: What do you bet the neighbor who called the cops to Professor Gates’ house doesn’t try THAT stunt again?

What would YOU do for your family, your neighbor, or a stranger? Would it be the same thing no matter who it is? (Thus showing the depth of character of someone who stands on principle rather than the sandy foundation of moral relativism.)

I know… tough questions. And I know that there are very few people who can be as perfect as they want to be. The good news is, I’m not expecting perfection. No one should. I only want some reassurance. I would like to know the truth of what I expect to be true, which is: I believe there are tens of millions of people who are willing to stand up and say, “Yes, I believe in this-and-such idea, and I will stand up for that idea, and I will ACT on that idea if necessary.”

Black and white, no gray. I think we need more of that these days, yes?

So, how is this going to work? I have been stewing on it for several months now. I know how it’s supposed to work, much of what this ‘mechanism’ will look like, and a tinge of how potentially viral this could turn out to be.

Now the big but: I need some help and advice. Any takers? Write Iwillstand@iwillstand.us or leave a comment.

Good karma only.

I will stand up for the Constitution

If you were asked whether you would stand up and defend the Constitution of the United States (original meaning, not Supreme Court Interpretation) what would you say?

Yes, or “Well… some parts need to be looked at more closely.” (That means no, in a black and white world.)

Should we be allowed to say, “Well I love that 1st Amendment thing, but that 2nd one… I’m not too sure about that one….”

I don’t think so. What kind of world would we have if, for example, people got to pick and choose which of the Ten Commandments they wanted to stand up for? Uh, well… THIS KIND OF WORLD!

It’s time we came up with some kind of easy way of getting a sense of what people really believe; where they really stand.

If you knew that there were millions of people all over your state, and all over the country that would stand up for all or most of the same things you stood for, what would that mean to you?

Your thoughts?

“So… where do we stand?”

It’s the ultimate question, really.

Girlfriends ask boyfriends; business partners ask each other; we all end up at least once in our lifetime, asking this question of the person staring into our clogged toilets. “So… where do we stand?”

For months now, I have asked this question of myself, and of others. No matter what the problem. No matter how trivial it seems, I’ve found myself boiling down the essence of how we should go through life — how do I handle a situation — what if this-and-such happened? What would I DO?

And the answer always boils down to: “Decide where you stand, then stand there.” Don’t worry about the consequences before hand. Stand on principle, and the situation will sort it out eventually… for the good.

I have been pestered (some would say plagued) with an idea for several months now. Unsure how to go about making this idea or vision come to pass, I have resorted to starting a blog. I can only go from here in prayer, believing that what comes of this, is something that will accomplish the two things that matter with this project:

1) Glorify God. (I only offer a minimal apology to the faith-challenged. After all, if I didn’t stand up for what I believe, including my belief in God, this project would be missing the point. Right?)

2) Help to illustrate to you, my readers and fellow Americans, that there are more people, close to you, who are willing to stand up for what they believe, which happens to be the same things you believe. How this gets accomplished, will be explained as I figure it out for myself.