Time to Choose

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This tweet has it about 98% right. The only connection that is missing is the fact that the world is now at the precipice of a great war of cultures.

Two cultures: One that worships the god of the Quran, and follows the commands of its prophet; and another that worships the God of the Bible, and follows the commands of Jesus Christ (who was foretold and fulfilled ALL of the Biblical prophecies, including his crucifixion and resurrection.)

These two cultures have been at odds since the beginning of time. And let’s be clear. This is not an epic battle between conflicting “religions;” nor is this a physical war over ideologies. This war certainly isn’t over resources or territories.

No. These two warring cultures are spiritual. We are seeing the consequences, or results of an overall culture that follows the spirits of good or evil. One culture worships that which brings darkness, hate, murder, lies, damnation and death. The other culture worships that which brings light, love, truth, salvation and life. (You don’t have to practice a certain religion, or believe in a god at all to live in a culture that follows either light or darkness. You WILL experience the consequences however, if that culture clashes with your own personal beliefs. Example: being openly gay in the Middle East tends to result in your murder.)

Once you identify and name your enemy; once you understand what the battle is really about–your soul–then it becomes a simple matter of choosing sides, doesn’t it? (Remember: Silence is also a choice.)

So… Where will you stand? Choose a side. You can’t just sit there and point fingers at people-groups and religions and lifestyles. You can’t just hope to be neutral and escape harm while the spirits of good and evil duke it out, using humans as both weapon and shield. Nope.

YOUR SOUL IS AT STAKE! Where will you stand? Choose.

And may I offer a little advice? If you do decide to choose to side with the God of the Bible, He has some armor for you.

Ephesians 6:11-13 (NKJV)

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Change begins in the mirror.

Change begins by first looking in the mirror and saying, “I will stand, I will speak and I will act.”

“We need to do something,” will guarantee that nothing will get done, and tyranny will prevail. Quit searching for leaders to save us. Unless that one person you are looking for, is looking in the mirror and committing his or her Life, Fortune and Sacred Honor to the cause of freedom, you will never find that leader.

Where does the person in the mirror stand?

Indignation Meeting under Liberty Tree, Boston

We see these words every day. We write these words every day. And… We proclaim ourselves cowards every time WE proclaim with appropriate indignant self-righteousness:

Americans need to do ‘this-and-such’ to turn this country around.”

“If we don’t stop illegal immigrants…”

Until you and I are willing to personally stand up, as the founders did, on our founding, God ordained principles and pledge our “Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor” there is little we can hope for in our representatives doing anything differently than they are doing now.

Our future is in YOUR hands… and MINE.

Memes, rants and quotes by anonymous people, even dead patriots, accomplish nothing; other than to comfort the enemies of Freedom. Sharing a particular meme, no matter the good intention, does nothing to counter an enemy who DOES in real life.

The person in YOUR mirror must be willing to physically stand at the Liberty Tree and publicly pledge YOUR Life, YOUR Fortune and YOUR Sacred Honor for the cause of Liberty. Only then will you find the Leaders and heroes you are looking for… in the mirror.

Calling for others to take a stand for your country’s soul, is a coward’s journey.

BbBennett IWS

So… You Moved to Babylon

Guest blog post by Monica Boyer

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Read her full essay here: http://www.monicaboyer.com/so-you-moved-to-babylon/

Monica gets it. She knows that we are coming closer and closer to our personal “Daniel” moments. Are we, as Patriots, as Christians, as Americans, going to take a stand on the principles we believe in? Or are we going to compromise, try to conform, fit in and get along? Only YOU can answer that question.

I suggest we all take a moment to look in the mirror and figure out where, when and how we will stand when the time comes. Don’t be taken by surprise. And most important: Don’t hope that someone else will take the lead for us.

From Monica’s essay:

Friends we have a choice. Our country has turned its face from God. We feel the first pricks of persecution. They hurt, but we have a choice. We can hide, we can conform, or we can obey God. I choose obedience.

I want a Daniel Spirit. I want the courage of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Things are going to get rough. I’ve spoken many times about what is coming to this nation. Your jobs will be impacted, your churches, your families. Nothing will be left untouched by this new Babylon.  Through all of it, choose to live in freedom of obedience.

Don’t twist the Scripture to fit the culture. Live beyond the culture. Don’t hide your life. Shine your light. Live loudly. Live boldly, Live courageously. Live Faithfully.

 

But If Not…You, Then Who?

I say to you, this morning, that if you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live.

I can’t think of anything more to add to this. Dr. King really just said it all. It’s worth listening to the entire sermon where the quote below was taken. Links follow.

You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid.

You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab or shoot or bomb your house. So you refuse to take a stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are ninety, but you are just as dead at 38 as you would be at ninety.

And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.

You died when you refused to stand up for right.

You died when you refused to stand up for truth.

You died when you refused to stand up for justice.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From the sermon “But, If Not” delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church on November 5, 1967.

You can listen to the audio on YouTube, here: http://youtu.be/pOjpaIO2seY
Or you can find the MP3 recording here.

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….

One Small Step for Man…

… One giant step for our country.

There is only one way, in my opinion, to begin the process of refounding our country on the principles and values that created it. The problem is, it’s so simple, no one believes it will work. It doesn’t involve massive grass root efforts by hundreds of people. It doesn’t involve any real organizing at all. There is only one thing that can stop this nation’s move towards Progressive Socialism:

Individual, principled actions taken by morally clear people, on a local level.

That’s it.

People need to start standing up for what is right. Taking a stand means speaking your mind, even if you are sure your words will be refuted; sometimes violently. Individuals need to take action, even small actions that illustrate and model for others, what it’s like to be a person of principle.

What can be done? Here are some suggestions:

Get to know your neighbors. Find out where they stand. TALK TO THEM! If you find out where your neighbors stand, you will stand a better chance of surviving an emergency in your immediate neighborhood. Think about it: you can have 10,000 friends on FaceBook, but if a local or national emergency comes around, who’s going to be the one in the best position to save or protect you and your family? And if your neighbor believes that people like you should be put in FEMA camps, best to know this kind of information early on, when you can do something about it… like move, or stock up on ammo.

Start speaking out, even in the smallest ways. Why not make a point of writing a letter to the editor, and sending copies to all of the papers in your state, once a week? What’s the worst that could happen? Better yet, start taking note of those in your community who are already writing pretty good opinion pieces. Write to them and maybe make a lunch meeting out of it. What if five of these people formed an informal writers group, and promised to send a letter a week to all the papers? What if each of these individuals had five friends of their own, doing the same thing? Let your imagination go with that. It doesn’t have to be organized, but what if the paper is getting 25 or more well written op-ed pieces — all expressing conservative, principled ideas — a week? Would things appear to change? Maybe. Would you begin to become acquainted with dozens of LOCAL people who believe many of the same principles you do? Damn Skippy!

I’m sure there are more ideas like this, but you get the point. Real change begins at the local level. It is real and lasting ONLY if people form REAL relationships based on shared principles.

It’s the only way that we can all stand together, so the chances of hanging separately are greatly reduced.

Please feel free to comment any other ideas you might have.

I Will Stand for Parents’ Rights

Cut to the chase: When the Lame Stream Media (LSM) jumps on the Swine Flu “CRISIS” pretty soon… and the fix is in for mandatory vaccinations for YOUR children… what are you going to do?

Have you decided yet? What are you going to say, when nosy people ask you if YOU have had your kids marked vaccinated yet? Will you vacillate? Will you make excuses? Or will you just stand on principle, and say, “No, I have decided that I will not succumb to mandatory medical procedures for my children that I have not researched fully.

End of story. At least it should be.