HOW TO TURN STRENGTH INTO A WEAKNESS
Church, Pilgrims, old Doc feels compelled to tell you a story, actually it is an Allegory that may be the finest Greek Drama (the heroic character dies seeking a ‘good’ ending for a moral purpose) one can find if he studies World Literature and its history. Since is seems few if any of the past three generations of Americans know anything about literature or history, it is incumbent on Doc to teach Pilgrims and America a lesson straight from the pages of the Bible.
While Doc reveals the details of this Best-seller straight from the Old Testament book of Judges, let none forget it is an Allegory about America. It is a story about a terribly flawed (sinful) man who rejects God’s wisdom and lusts after the worlds’
During the time Israel had only judges, and everyone did what was right in their eyes, Jehovah punished the Jewish people by turning them over to be ruled by the hated Philistines for forty years.
One day the Angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife, and told her she would have a son, Samson was his name. She had been barren. She was told he would be ‘special’: a Nazirite and she nor he could have any type of fermented drink or his hair cut. His parents did all that was asked of them by the Lord.
When he became a man, he chose to break with his parents’ traditions and religious practices: he favored Philistine women, especially ‘loose ones’. He married against his parents’ wishes and his first marriage was a disaster. Later, he again sought the sexual favors of a beautiful woman, Delilah, a Philistine heathen. Refusing any biblical counseling from the Torah, he married her.
Samson loved to ‘play with sin’. He loved to wallow in it! By this time in his life, he had misused his position of authority, chased after all manner of false gods, and shunned his parents’ counsel. Captivated by Delilah’s sexual enticements, as he pursued pleasure at every opportunity, he didn’t fear a holy God. Samson’s feats of impossible strength were legendary, and his people’s enemies sought to learn his ‘secret’ for his powers so they might subdue him and humiliate him and prove their Baal gods were superior to the Israelite God.
Samson was an overly proud preening peacock of a man that proved to be foolish nearly beyond common logic by even dolts.
Delilah struck different bargains with the Philistine authorities to help them discover the secret of his strength and to remove this power from his arsenal. Using her sexual favors and her obvious charms, she tried to get her husband to divulge this secret. He played her like a bad out of tune song and enjoyed seeing her frustration as he kept his strength and the enemy was unable to capture him. I guess it must have been the ‘Chinse water torture treatment’ that finally broke his resolve and resistance down and he confessed to his scheming, lying, disloyal wife the secret to his great strength. His hair!
Though Samson was captured, had is eyes gouged out, turned into a human-beast grinding wheat, and mocked and humiliated for being so stupid to trust his worthless ‘hot chick’ wife, in the end, he became the last piece of the puzzle in God’s plan to defeat Israel’s great enemy: the Philistines. He was brought out and publicly paraded before the rulers and their wives and a menagerie of other ‘ladies of the night’, Samson and God had the last laugh as he pushed the pillars in on the foundation of the arena and it brought about a great collapse of the marble and stone and all in attendance died. Samson’s great strength became his ‘weak-link’ to his Creator, and it destroyed him. God gave him one last chance to rectify his life filled with wantonly sinful choices by enabling him to defeat his country’s enemy by destroying their rulers and those in authority who hated Jehovah.
Pilgrims, remember this is an allegory about America!
From the first toe set upon Plymouth Rock in 1620, the pilgrims from England that lived along the Thames River dedicated their quest to honor Jesus Christ. From the Mayflower Pact to future sacred documents penned by America’s Founding Fathers’ the Creator’s preeminent place of importance was never questioned. The universities that sprang up to educate our country’s youth were first and foremost founded so that Christianity could flourish and spread from sea to shining sea.
From Valley Forge in 1776 to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the writing of our Constitution, God the Creator has been the cardinal authority recognized as its fount of wisdom from wench our laws have come.
Forged from the biblical kiln of a holy God, America became rooted into the principles found in the Bible. Its government and laws adopted and adapted it truths as linchpins for protecting and providing for its people. A benevolent Creator seemed to bring about divine blessings that made America different than any place on planet earth. Endowed and imbued with a clear eye for what was morally right and wrong, its expansion found a way to confront evil and defeat it.
The truths from the Bible didn’t stay inside the church walls or peoples’ homes, but entered into our schools and social institutions that became the envy of the world for it changed the social fabric of America. To prove this, a great Civil War was conducted to determine how people would evaluate one human’s worth verses another because of one’s skin color.
In Samson’s story, in reference to his first wife being disloyal to him by revealing to his enemies the answer to the riddle he bet they couldn’t solve, he announced: “If you hadn’t ploughed with my heifer,” you couldn’t have solved the riddle.” Her disloyalty to him brought about the failure of her marriage, and ultimately her death.
From a precipice over-looking our country’s beautiful Capitol building, with a street filled with angry people filled with hate because their candidate didn’t win the Presidential Election, and a government’s own people working to bring about the failure of an elected President against the wishes of half the people in America, is there a more appropriate statement than the words Samson uttered thousands of years ago? “IF YOU HADN’T OF PLOUGHED WITH MY HEIFER…”
For hundreds of years America was content to live off its biblical heritage, though most of its people gave little more than ‘lip-service’ to its value and its past historical tradition. We prided ourselves for our moral-compass and set smugly self-satisfied that our biblical armor was sufficient to ward-off any enemy that would dare challenge God’s place of importance in our country. Several times during our illustrious history we had willingly spent treasure and blood to save the world from an immoral collapse, based upon biblical truth.
With a keen-eye out for would-be enemies of a great nation operated by biblical principles, we turned a blind-eye to ‘Trojan Horses’ that infiltrated our protected walls. It was unthinkable that a nation would find ruin when it decided to ‘play with sin’, as Samson did.
The first shot across the bow by a single American woman seeking to have an Atheist’s viewpoint validated against a nation of Christians has led to the outcome that God and prayer is no longer allowed in our schools. The celebration of Christ’s birth is now a Holiday Celebration that includes Druids and Mohamed. The sacred documents: Ten Commandments’ that provided the foundation for our laws can’t be publicly displayed on our court yards, Same Sex Marriage has been an edict handed down by unelected judges that transverse thousands of years of biblical truth. The tenets of my novel: The Theophany, Son-Light Restored to a Dark World, where the enemy uses chip-implant Technology to do away with America’s currency marked with “In God we Trust” is just a stone’s throw away from becoming our model, as everything in association with biblical principles and truth is being dismantled as I write.
Samson’s troubles began when he shunned the religious practices of his parents and never considered the spiritual outcome the Apostle Paul warned Christians to heed: Do not be unequally yoked when it comes to marriage. Instead of fleeing he gleefully chased other gods and the women who worshiped them.
America has been inundated and now over-run by millions who worship false gods. They flee from persecution and come to the home of the free and the brave, but, they reject the God of America’s foundation. Generations of ungrateful, heathen American youth have embraced these new gods and have openly rejected the Creator who made America great, while their forefathers worshiped the Creator and they mock him and openly show preference for false gods. These heathen have come to America and rejected the assimilation into the Christian foundation our country was founded upon. They don’t even wish to speak our language or adopt our unique American traditions.
Samson never worried about his strength because from birth he had been taught he was ‘special’. He even was protected by the highly esteemed Nazirite Vow given to him by Jehovah and protected by his parents. When he was free to choose as an adult, he chased other gods.
Since the 1950s America has openly chased other gods. At first, the gods were those people that claimed they could be their own god; now, it is truly false gods from all ends of the planet. Even our schools favor those verses the God of the Bible.
Like Samson, our great strength (reliance upon the biblical truths) to protect us from harm, has proven to be our weakness because America has refused to stand-up and testify what great things our God the Creator has done for America. While our entire country is on fire with evil behavior and violence is considered the solution for disgruntled citizens seeking to have our country move farther away from its biblical moorings rather return to our Pilgrim’s roots, the horde of heathens coming from all over the world will continue to chip away America’s biblical foundation unless the Pilgrims of our country make a stand for God.
Once, hundreds of years ago, America was lean and mean for the gospel of Christ. We led with our exposed chins for the glory of God our Creator; today, we are fat, sassy, lazy and too intimidated by the enemy that now surrounds us evidently to recognize one salient truth: the plaudits of our biblical past won’t buy us a nickel’s worth of coffee on a cold morning. If we are going to keep America for God, we are going to have to dig trenches and become guerrilla warriors outside our church walls and inside our schools, courts, business markets, media and entertainment outlets, and above all, in our voting booths. Our church pulpits must ring out with flames of fire from the Holy Spirit’s call to action that we lead with the love of God and his only son, Jesus’s offer of grace and the assurance of eternity, but with the indomitable convicting power of the Holy Spirit as it points out our sin and flaws while being an indwelling living God that is our advocate and moral compass for living a life truly worth living.
Does any pilgrim but Doc Christian recognize that our once great biblical strength has become our weakness? Samson was given one last hurrah to prove his mettle for Jehovah, will America?
There may be a silver-lining amidst the dark foreboding omnibus spiritual clouds in America, so we need to heed the profound words of Jesus: “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” Matthew 12:30
When the Apostle Paul asked God to heal him and take away the ‘thorn in his side’, as he described it, God answered: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9
Perhaps, our great God of the bible has come to the conclusion America has become a second Sodom and Gomorrah, and we are filled with enough sinful heathens that he is ready to rescue us.
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