By Charlie Johnston
I got folks pretty excited yesterday when I commented about the possible need to prepare for government moving people to evacuation centers. It may not come to that, but things are getting dicey enough – and there are too many red flags popping up – that it needs to be considered now. I see more establishment sites, usually called mainstream, talking about the possibility of Martial Law. Most things I have seen on the subject tread so delicately around the subject that they don’t really see how it would come. It does not start with tanks rolling down the streets. Anyway, I am working on a piece that I hoped to get up last night on the subject. It is a bit more complicated than I thought. I am laying out how it would most likely come, some practical tips gained from my experience on pilgrimage on how to endure if you must flee for a time, and how to survive FEMA camps if you must be there. Hopefully I will have it up tonight. Like I said, it is more complicated than I first thought – and longer. Like St. Joseph when the angel came to him in the dream to tell him to take the family and flee to Egypt, you will have a little prior warning. But like St. Joseph, once the warning comes, you will have a small window of time in which to act, so you had best not dither. I will explain in the piece I am working on.
I want you to remember, keep foremost in your mind, that what is happening is not what it seems. I know it seems that the forces of darkness are ascendant and that freedom and faith are under assault everywhere. Actually, the Lord is busy separating the sheep from the goats. Part of that process is to allow the goats to be on the ascendant for a time, the better to get all the goats to reveal themselves. We have already seen some religious leaders, some we counted on, aligning themselves with the side they think is winning. They will have their reward. Thank God for men like the Rev. Franklin Graham, who are boldly proclaiming the Word, both in season and out. Don’t just be fearful…look around you. I have always said we will be surprised at the
courage of some we did not expect and disheartened to find some we admired have no root in them when things get rough. God is giving us all a great grace, a preview of who we can count on and who we cannot. Pay attention and remember – for some of the goats, when it becomes apparent the tide has turned, will seek to leap to the front of our side. Have none of it. They have made their choice – and will be welcome to return as penitents, but not as leaders.
Over at First Things Magazine, Robert P. George Has written an elegantly brief and powerful statement on what is happening and to what we are now called. It is plain and true. Please read it. I took the title of his piece and used it for this one, as I think it really is the fundamental question now.
Finally, I will close with a powerful sermon on Naaman, the great military commander who had leprosy and came to Elisha seeking healing. Naaman was angry when Elisha told him to simply bathe in the Jordan River. Naaman wanted something great and showy: he was insulted at being instructed to do something simple and homely. The sermon was delivered by a Canadian Minister, the Rev. Coleman Glenn almost four years ago. May we all be as the repentant Naaman was.