By Charlie Johnston
I have been very busy, visiting many ministries and groups that are doing wonderful things. I am, of course, well behind in posting and have several important articles in the hopper. I don’t want to finish or post them while I am so busy, lest I don’t say quite what I mean in the rush. (Sometimes I say something clunky even when I have time to think about it). Come Saturday, I will post vigorously for at least a week and catch up with the emails – and finalize details of the New England trip for next month. Many thanks to Sophia Maria who has been coordinating many things from Denver while I make my visits.
All three cities I have visited so far have been wonderful. I am currently in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and am amazed at the many thriving ministries going on here. I can’t wait to tell you about some of them.
Meantime, just a couple of quick things…seen more than a few notes already about the Supreme Court decision on health care. Be not afraid or concerned. Yes, the court is now making it up as it goes along, just as the executive branch does, while the legislative branch screams impotently. We are no longer under the rule of law, but the rule of the howling mob…with some officials howling the loudest. In truth, this is the way democracies have always fallen. Historically, before the US, they rarely lasted more than a couple of decades before the war of “all against all” commenced in earnest and brought them to rubble, to be followed by a dictatorship, at least for a time. The American founders leavened their democracy with substantial republican elements designed to stabilize the system. They hoped they had solved the problems of inherent volatility that had always afflicted such efforts. Though they did not solve those problems, to delay the onset of the symptoms for over 200 years is a towering achievement. This would all be deep cause for concern if things weren’t all going to crash soon enough anyway…but they are and you already know the formula for getting through the initial chaos: acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you.
Some people have sent me links to the Website Publisher that the feds tried to force to reveal the actual names and contact info of his commenters – and issued a gag order to silence him so he could not speak of it. Not to worry. When I was a newspaper editor, a prosecutor threatened to jail me unless I revealed a source. I refused and prepared for jail, but the official backed off. Ha! It would have made a much better story if he had stuck to his guns. Anyway, if ordered to disclose names, I will gladly go to jail. If ordered not to say anything about it, I will shout it from the rooftops. I am told they would fine me. Blood…meet turnip. I have nothing much material…certainly not enough to worry about losing. I don’t know that prison would be much more comfortable than sleeping in the woods, but it probably wouldn’t be that much more uncomfortable – and I did that for a year and a half during my pilgrimage. My kids are grown, I am unmarried, and I am an American citizen endowed by God with certain inalienable rights – which I will exercise to the full regardless of what the howling mob says, even when they come cloaked in petty authority. I will fear no evil and know that no man has any power over me whatsoever save that which God allows – so whatever happens to me will forward God’s plan so long as I acknowledge Him. You are all safe with me.
Next month, I will try to bank a few articles so I can post meatier stuff regularly while I am touring the various cities and meeting the wonderful people who have already committed to acknowledging God, taking the next right step, and being a sign of hope to their brothers and sisters all around them.
I feel like closing today with the St. Michael prayer, for I think we really need it in these times:
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, oh prince of the heavenly host, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.