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INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA

First Published in 1994

INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF
UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA

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The time is now upon Americans to decide whether we will live as free people in a constitutional republic, or endure as slaves and serve to a Marxist, collectivist tryanny! May you choose wisely!

Note:  A version of this article, under a different title, was published in The Times Examiner on April 13, 2020.  Our “national situation” is even more precarious now than it was then.  Those who deny that are either grossly uninformed, deliberately blind, or are in the camp of the collectivists. 

I’d venture a guess that most readers of this beacon of truth called The Times Examinerknow at least some of the words to James Lowell’s (1819-1891) great 1844 poem—a 90-line masterpiece titled, The Present Crisis”.  It was first published in 1845 by The Boston Currier, written  as a protest against the impending war with Mexico and as a condemnation of the then existing evil institution of slavery, which had been incorporated into the new Republic of Texas in 1836.  In 1896, Garrett Horder (1841-1922), an English hymn writer, took Lowell’s epic poem and condensed it into the shorter but more familiar hymn—“Once To Every Man and Nation”-- that most Christians have always known.  Both versions contain inspiring, beautiful, yet quite troubling ideas  which have “pin pricked” my thoughts for decades.  To a certain extent, Lowell’s words still stand as a “two edged sword” ready to condemn those of us alive today with their thrust into our complacency, as lines #26 through #30 eloquently proclaim: 

“Hast thou chosen, O my people, on whose party thou shalt stand,

Ere the Doom from its worn sandals shakes the dust against our Land?  Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet ‘tis Truth alone is strong, And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around her throng Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from all wrong.”

Have “beautiful, tall angels” been shielding America from all wrong – all evil?  Some good people over the ages have contended that this was so, but as we look at our America of today, with deliberately induced contention, division, violence, unconcern, lack of knowledge, racial animosity, the purposeful “revision” of history, political deception,malaise, economic turmoil, increasing inflation of our fiat currency by the globalist Federal Reserve private banking conglomerate, out-of-control and unconstitutional spending by the increasingly authoritarian Marxist Biden Administration, and recrimination and confusion becoming more common among Americans, we must question whether or not our “protective angels” have long since abandoned our troubled country.  More and more, it appears to me that  God has cut America “adrift” from His Will, and that we are now sailing rudderless into a sea of afflictions which threaten to soon sink our “Ship of State” as it runs aground on the shoals of sin and founders in the dark deceptions of deliberate disobedience to the historic blueprint  that our Creator gave to mankind long ago – His Holy and Inspired Word; or as Lowell put it in line #45:  “They enslave their children’s children who make compromise with sin.”  Indeed they –nay WE – do!

DOES GOD REALLY CARE ABOUT MANKIND?

Christians and patriots of today, and even those long gone, have asked the troubling question:  “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?”  Or, to expand the question:  “Why does God let terrible things happen to ‘good’ countries?”  So then, let’s plunge right in and ask directly:  WHY does a loving God, which Scripture tells us He is,allow all of this violence, all of this evil?  Why does He allow these things to happen to His children here on Earth if He truly loves us, as His Word assures us He does, and as faithful Christians and burning martyrs have always believed?  

Those questions are perhaps the most difficult to answer in the context of our Christian beliefs -- in our “walk” with our Creator.  As Bible believing Christians (if we are such—and as do other people of faith), we believe that our Creator--our Heavenly Father--is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  We believe He is infinite throughout His creation, what we call “The Universe”.  As Christians or people of faith, in order to try to answer the above question, we must believe that.  Since we, as mere humans (but created in His image), aren’t any of those things it’s almost beyond our ability to understand all of the ways of our Creator.  

Recall the Book of Job, when the Creator allowed Satan to do all of those terrible things to persecute and harass faithful Job in order to “test” his faith – (except he was forbidden to kill Job).  What was Job’s reaction to all of the misfortunes that fell upon his head?  Did he not say:

“Though He slay me, yet will I TRUST in Him. …” (Job. 13:15)?  Why, do you suppose, did Job respond that way to his misfortunes?  Could it have been that even though he didn’t, at that time, understand why God had allowed Satan to do what he did, Job never forgot that God was forever good, so he never stopped trusting in Him, as difficult as that was at that moment (and to a large extent still is)?    Job had the choice to “curse God” and kill himself, but he didn’t.  Instead, he persevered in faith.  I’ve always pondered how many “modern” people would do likewise.  For that matter, I’ve always wondered what I would do if faced with Job’s calamities.

SIN IS THE PROBLEM

But again we ask:  Why does God allow bad things to happen to “good”  people?  In our human reasoning, wouldn’t it make more sense if God made bad things happen to bad people?  Can’t all of us think of some “bad” people upon whom we believe that God should drop His wrath?  Of course we can.  However, the sun shines and the rain fails on the just and the unjust – on the good and the bad.  Perhaps we need to reflect upon what God’s Word tells us about so–called “good people.”    Does His Word not teach us that truly there are no “good people” on Earth, because we’ve all been tainted by that which God hates – SIN – ever since our first parents rebelled against Him in the garden?  Read Romans 3:10-12:

“As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.  There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they together have become worthless.  There is no one who does good, not even one.” (NIV)

“As it is written, There is none righteous no not one.  There is none that understandeth: there is none that seeketh God.  They have all gone out of the way: they have been made altogether unprofitable: there is none that doeth good; no not one.” (1599 GENEVA BIBLE). Evan as a Christian, when I read those verses I have the urge to look for a rock to hide under!  

Those words are a clear condemnation of mankind, aren’t they?  ALL of mankind, including all Americans.  God’s Word teaches that every one deserves to be tossed into Hell for eternity.  Can’t we realize that every day we spend alive is only because of God’s  grace and mercy extended to us?  Can’t we admit that even the worst miseries or the worst grief we could ever experience is much more merciful compared to whaALL of us really deserve, which is to  be banished from God for eternity

But still men ask:  Why does God allow good things to happen to people who hate Him?  I don’t have “the” answer to that forever perplexing question, but perhaps Romans 5:8 gives us one possible answer

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were STILL sinners, Christ died for us.”  

That’s a truly amazing revelation, for despite the evil and sinful natures of mankind, God still loves us.  He loved us enough to come and live as a human being, as a part of a humble family in a humble village in a humble part of the Roman Empire.  He loved us enough to take upon Himself the penalty for our sins.  Instead of constantly asking, “why?”, perhaps we need to remember that our LORD and Savior is always good, always just and loving, and forever merciful.  Perhaps we, in turn, need to love Him more, and ourselves less!  That is difficult for many people, including those who call themselves Christians or other people of faith.  However, as has often been truthfully proclaimed, Christians aren’t perfect—only FORGIVEN! 

THE CHOICE GOES BY FOREVER ‘TWIXT THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT

When troubling things happen to us that we just can’t understand, instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to always trust Him, just as Job did.  As Proverbs 3:5–6 tells us: 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  

It’s sad that so many, even those who are people of faith or who call themselves “Christians”, don’t act as if they believe those words.  Are you guilty of that?  I am! Mankind’s “choices” between “the darkness and the light” will go on forever, I fear, until the time comes when our Savior returns to set up His Kingdom on Earth.  Let us as His people recall Lowell’s immortal words:  

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side; Some great cause, God’s new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight, Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right.  And the choice goes by forever ‘twixt that darkness and that light.”  (Lines #21 - #25).

NOW is America’s “moment to decide”—and each American’s “moment to decide”.  Will America—will you and I-- choose to enter history as “goats” or as our LORD’s “sheep”, ‘securely folded’ in His arms?  Will we as a nation—and as citizens of this nation-- choose to live in “light” or continue on in the increasing “darkness” of collectivist tyranny and deliberate sin? Considering recent polls that seem to indicate that a decreasing number of our American people even consider themselves to be Christians, or people of faith,   I wonder.  I really do.  Don’t you?

 

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A native of Cleveland, Ohio, W. H. (Bill) Lamb is a graduate of Cleveland State University (Ohio); being graduated in 1960, he moved to South Carolina in 1964.  For many years he was an Industrial engineer, Chief Industrial engineer, and plant manager in the steel, electronics, and apparel industries in Ohio, South Carolina, and Alabama.  In his younger days, he was an avid hiker in the Southern mountains, a target shooter, and is still an avid student of both American history and ancient Egyptian history.

He is an avid and long-time writer, concentrating on political and cultural issues of concern to America's Christian Patriot community.  He was published in the Lancaster, S.C. "News" during the mid-to-late 1960's, and has been a Local Columnist published in the Greenville, SC The Times Examiner since 1999.  The late and great Christian Patriot, Col. Bobby Dill, was his first Editor. During those years he has had several hundred articles published in The Times Examiner, which he always refers to as "a great journal of truth"!  

He has had one book published, a 120-page novel set in our future, titled "The History of Our Future", and two unpublished  750-page sequels "Waiting in the Wings" to be published "someday".  Bill has been married to Barbara for 65 years, has two adult  (and aging) kids,  five grandkids, six great-grandkids, and a "feisty and opinionated" 80 lb. Pit Lab named Hayley, who admittedly runs the entire house.

A very long-time member, with Barbara, of The patriotic John Birch Society, he believes that it is the duty of ALL Christians to also be dedicated patriots and do everything possible to both resist the evil of collectivism that is smothering Western Civilization and to do his best to educate and motivate his fellow Americans in the preservation of our unique Constitutional Republic, and most importantly, to share the love of his Savior with others.