As of late I have been pondering who amongst us –meaning Americans– will really be willing to pick up their rifles or pistols and defend their neighborhoods, homes, and families when it’s apparent that help, i.e. 911 is not going to be an option. I was recently at a large Christian campout that had a shooting range with a long table and roof. There was a large amount of brass on the ground and we were all having a good time sending lead downrange. Although I was encouraged to see the number of people that were exercising their second amendment rights, I was a bit dismayed at the lack of marksmanship. I brought a pair of “spinners” which are pistol targets that spin as they are hit. Although I do not consider myself an expert marksman, there was only one other person there that could hit the targets with their pistols with any real consistency. As it turns out the other guy was active-duty military who was on leave, I suppose that figures and I am glad to see that the Army is still teaching their soldiers how to shoot. I enjoyed the time, but as I walked off it got me to thinking about how many people in our nation will really be able to, or are truly willing to fight if that is what it comes to, which is looking more and more likely.
In my younger years, I studied martial arts for about five years. I started out in Tae-Kwon-Do, which though useful was more geared toward sport or tournament Karate. I finally landed in Kung-Fu which was mostly geared toward street fighting and I believe far more effective in self-defense. What I learned in Kung-Fu along with the fighting skills was a mental mindset that is every bit as valuable as being able to neutralize an attacker.
Let me give you an example of what I am talking about: During WW2 there was not a Marine in his right mind who did not respect the fighting ability of a Japanese soldier; they were probably the fiercest opponents in uniform at the time. Compare this to what happened to the French when the Germans invaded in 1940. Simply not enough fighting spirit or willingness to defend the homeland.
I have heard a number of my fellow believers in Jesus that own firearms say things like, “there is no sense in having more than 300 or 400 rounds on hand, since I won’t last that long anyway”. Does this sound like the fighting spirit of the Japanese or the defeatism of the French? I’m very glad our fellow American Marines, “among whom my late uncle Ken was one,” did not have that attitude.
Do some reading on the battle of Guadalcanal. Those men had their backs to the wall but did not surrender, they were outnumbered, outgunned and at a serious disadvantage but they kept fighting because they had good men in leadership and also had the fighting spirit and with God’s help eventually won the battle.
Another example would be the Jews that fought the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. I strongly recommend that you watch the movie “Uprising”, released in 2001. They had no real chance to defeat the Waffen SS unit that was coming against them, but they held off the German military for longer than it took them to conquer the entire nation of Poland! As a bonus, a number of them survived to fight another day. To quote a commonly used phrase, “Now that’s what I’m talking about!”
I see a lot of my fellow Americans in fear and giving in to a mindset that is not going to help us much in the coming conflict. If I could drive one point home it would be this, “what the hell does it matter what the odds are?” We are dealing with a communist insurgency that will settle for nothing less than our deaths or to lock us all up in FEMA camps where they will do to us as they please. I don’t think the Jews in Warsaw, Poland during the Nazi holocaust of WW2 thought too much about the odds, and why? Because the odds were irrelevant.
I live with my wife in a farmhouse in rural America, if four or five armed men kick in the door in the middle of the night then I would say the odds are against me, this does not matter. Let’s see who has more resolve, a group of thugs who want to simply take what I have or a man who has already made up his mind and will give his life to defend the wife who has stuck by his side through thick and thin for 37 years. That’s what we all need to resolve! Resolve to decide that we are not going to give in to a group of lawless thugs who will replace our constitutional Republic with despotic bloody lawlessness.
My late Uncle Don was also a career military man and as a Chaplain he retired from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel. He did two tours in Vietnam and he was the only Chaplain in his regiment who would “fly outside the wire” as they would say. This means he flew on choppers out to remote company-sized bases that would get hit on a regular basis to minister to the men in those bases. On more than one occasion the base was being overrun and he would have to pick up a weapon and help defend the men in that base even though he was considered a non-combatant. Now that’s a Pastor I would listen too! Who do you think the men had more respect for, him or the Chaplains that would not fly out into harm’s way?
I am reminded of some of the civil war Generals who would ride out on their horses in front of the troops to rally them when things looked dark. Imagine riding out in front of the front lines while the enemy is shooting at you. Perhaps this explains in part some the bravery of the men in those units. This is what we are going to need in the coming conflict, men of resolve, men of determination, men of courage. Men who will inspire these qualities in others as I have no doubt that the odds will be against us, they already are. If you need more examples, look no further than the war of independence or as some might call the revolutionary war. I think any reasonable person would say that the odds were most certainly against the men and leaders who fought against King George’s tyranny. Consider also that many of the founders lost all of their wealth, had their houses burned down, and suffered incredibly for the cause of freedom. Again these were men who would not be deterred from the task that was at hand and were just the kind of leadership that was needed then and now.
I have heard many prophetic voices over the years telling us to get ready for a major conflict of epic proportions. Although I have listened to and done my best to heed their warnings I feel like at the stage we are at it doesn’t take much to see that all it is going to take is a match to set the gasoline on fire at this point. I believe that 20 or 30 years ago it would have been possible to have turned this around through the ballot box and enough Godly people saying enough is enough, I include myself in the failure to do this. I believe that we are at the point now where if we want our republic back then we as a nation are going to have to fight for it. It has come to that! I would encourage people to read George Washington’s vision of the three conflicts that he was shown. The last one is what I can only describe as WW3 and an invasion of our great Republic. Even though at one point it looked dark, the defenders were eventually victorious. I think that this is something to be encouraged about.
Although I cannot speak for others, I would like to see my children and grandchild have something to inherit when my work on this earth is done. I would like to be remembered as someone who did everything I could to preserve liberty and freedom when conflict broke out and evil people tried to rob us all of our God-given liberties and heritage. I will endeavor to inspire others to rise to the challenge that our courageous Forefathers undertook and to not shirk my responsibilities as I once did in my youth. All men make mistakes but a wise man learns from them and then moves on doing his best to not repeat those mistakes. Finally, I would encourage everyone to acquire as much in the physical preparation realm as possible. For those who may think that they have too much ammo, save it for those who don’t.
Above all let us not forget the Godly heritage left to us by our benevolent creator and seek to preserve it for our posterity.