Fellow Christian writer, syndicated columnist, Mike Pyatt, sent the following quote to me. I think you will like and hopefully apply it personally:
President Reagan, in his first inaugural address, referenced the words from the diary of a young enlistee in WWI, Martin Treptow, from Iowa. On the flyleaf of his diary, he wrote, “America must win this war. I will fight cheerfully, and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended upon me alone.”
America as well as the Christian community needs a large dose of the level of commitment stated by Martin Treptow.
Bible students understand the value of a very few totally committed people. The account of the destruction of the ten cities of the plain, two among them commonly referred to as Sodom and Gomorrah, plainly teaches that 10 people, committed to moral righteousness, were needed to stave off the destruction of the cities whose degraded lifestyle had disgusted Heaven. Ten were not found. Even the nephew of the Patriarch Abraham, Lot’s family, had sunk to the Sodomite level of moral depravity.
The three stages of the slide to destruction are well marked historically. First is abhorrence of evil, then toleration of said evil, then embracing of the evil. Lot traveled down the road. Our nation, along with many Christian groups, have reached the embracing stage.
As the salt, salt that retards judgment, we who name Jesus Christ as Savior, must pause and ponder the situation and learn from the Lord just what to do. My answer is simply, be the salt that has savor, the power of Christ in your own life. It does little if any good to point fingers at the problem if we ourselves are not walking closely to Jesus.
It could be a blessing if each person who knows the salvation purchased by Christ on Calvary, would adopt Martin Treptow’s moto as their own:
“America must win this war. I will fight cheerfully, and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended upon me alone.”
Joshua said pretty much the same in the last of Joshua 24:15, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
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