WHAT MIGHT THEY THINK?
By Pastor John Anderson
"I am sending you to... a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against Me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn." Ezekiel 2:3-4
Shaking his head at the explosion of same-sex 'marriages' across our nation and the aggressive effort to make them legal, columnist Walter Williams recently asked, "What would our forefathers think?"
It's a good question - so why don't we ask our forefathers. One good place might be the soldiers at Valley Forge in that terrible winter of 1777 into 1778. You may recall that some 3,000 of those 11,000 men died that winter - they lie buried at Valley Forge.
It has been said that Valley Forge is aptly named as God welded together a group of men through pain who remained committed to their vision of freedom, and their commitment to one another. Prior to Valley Forge, those men had been routed in battle again and again by the British army, then the most powerful army on earth. But after Valley Forge, they never lost another battle. In three years the war was over.
America was born.
What if we could actually return to that bitter winter and talk to those men, and tell them a bit of what it is like now, some two-and-a-quarter centuries later, about our lifestyles - our homes, our automobiles, computers, prosperity, airplanes, entertainment, TV's, movies, music, politics, etc.? No doubt it would amaze them.
However, what if they asked us about our values? What if they asked us about what we believed in now? Whether the idea of freedom was still in our hearts? What would we say? What if somewhere in our conversation with them we said the following: "You know, your sacrifice, suffering, and even death, there in Valley Forge - and throughout that Revolutionary War - provided us with some unique freedoms."
They might ask, "What kind of 'unique freedoms'?"
"Well they're a couple of them. One is, you gave us the special freedom to kill our unborn! The other is, you gave us the freedom for two men and two women to get married."
How do you think they would react?
Of course they might be puzzled and ask, "What do you mean, 'kill your unborn'? Do you mean, a baby, in the womb, before it is born - to kill it then?"
"Yes, this freedom to choose this has become very important to women."
"You mean in your day a woman who was expecting a baby would do that, kill her unborn baby? And that it is important to her to be able to so if she wishes?"
We might try to explain, "You see, two-and-a-quarter centuries from now, women will believe that the freedom you sacrificed for, gives them the right to decide to kill their unborn."
"Really? You mean women in your day actually think such a freedom is good. What about the men, the fathers? What do they think?"
"As far as the fathers are concerned, the freedom for the mothers means that the fathers can't say anything."
"But, then the fathers don't have any freedom."
"Yes, but the baby, I mean fetus, is in a mother's body. It's her body, so the freedom is only for her."
By now many soldiers have crowded around. But before they could respond, perhaps we went on, "And then there is that other freedom you sacrificed to give us, so that two men or two women can marry each other."
"You mean, 'marry each other,' like a man and a woman do, and become husband and wife?"
"Do people do that in your day, openly that is?"
"People believe they should have that right."
"Do you put children with them?"
"Of course. It's part of the wonderful freedom you've given us; which by the way, has also made it possible for us to teach our children in school about the freedoms I've mentioned, like a mother being able to decide to kill her unborn, and people of the same sex marrying and adopting children!"
"You mean, you teach children about those kinds of things?"
"Yes, in school and other places."
"You mean, this is how you're using the freedoms we are here in Valley Forge to provide? Doesn't anyone in your day think these things are wrong?"
"Oh, some people object, religious people and some others. But many people either think these things are all right, or don't care."
After our interview, how inspired might those men at Valley Forge have been to stay there and bear the sacrifices of that war which birthed America?
Let us pray: Oh Lord, what a great and beautiful country You have given us. What glorious freedoms. But they were gotten at great sacrifice by many of our forefathers such as those soldiers at Valley Forge. Oh Lord, forgive us for using such freedom for public sins such as killing our unborn or permitting same-sex marriage. Oh Lord, may we in the pulpit, with hearts grieved, speak your Word on these matters and call our nation to repent! In Jesus' Name, AMEN!