AMERICA'S UNCHARTERED WATERS
by Charles C Robey
(Trussville, AL, 35173)
Have you ever slumped down in your comfortable armchair, a new book in hand, and commenced to read, only to find its opening line somewhat confusing, of no interest to your tired mind or not saying to you what you hoped it would say? I’ve been there, and done that a many times within my older than dirt and twice as gritty life.
Are you looking to spark interest by relating the opening pages of an eye-catching fiction bit with that of your desired lifestyle? And if you were perfectly honest, as you continued reading, you may have wanted to match wits with the book's main character.
Your intent was probably in matching the influences of your childhood and your productive or nonproductive lifestyle with that of the book's fictional character's charm, charisma and personal appeal.
In the words of Stephen King, “The opening line of a book should say, Listen, come in here, you want to know about this." Right? So intriguing! But, alas, that is now how books begin.”
If you really think about it, you may even have turned to the back of the book for its conclusion, skipping all the tedious details that you really didn’t feel like going into, if you want to know the truth. Have you ever stopped to consider how much of our activity is pointless? Books, fiction and nonfiction included.
Yes, vanity of vanities, all is vanity, said the preacher, the wisest man who lived, referring to the vanity and pride of mankind. (Ecclesiastes 1:2) It’s kind of like looking at a photo album and going straight to your own picture.
Is America now in trouble? Can America revive from the most significant and critical presidential election of our republic? Yes, we can, with our living Creator's divine instructional help.
“And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment - wickedness was there, in the place of justice - wickedness was there. I said to myself, "God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed." (Ecclesiastes 3:16-17)
Thus, since you have gathered a quick insight into my mental processes please enjoy this simple fiction parable, this earthly story with a much-needed heavenly meaning entitled “AMERICA'S UNCHARTERED WATERS
Here I am, home for the weekend at last. My seriously tired brain is on the verge of closing down completely. This weary retired fill-in professor has about had it. Thank God for the weekend! It’s mine and mine alone.
All I want now is a comforting snack of warm milk and cookies, a good book for relaxation and a deep night’s sleep. Do I have any new uplifting books I’ve not read?
Let’s see, what book would I like to choose? Oh, here’s one titled 'The Perils of the Modern-Day Election.' I opened the book and it happened. It was as if I was physically sucked into the pages of the book. I was sitting in the visitor section of America’s high court, but apparently it was a court of centuries past. Distinguished judges were suited up in long black Judicial robes wearing the customary powdered wigs.
They must be determining an important case. They were making an all-out effort of some sort on a vital jurisdictional case, I surmised, as the heated arguments ran rampant among the judges.
One by one they stood and were recognized. The leader of the group, the first to speak, was an older statesman wearing bifocal glasses. He was recognized simply by the short name Ben.
Being recognized by the chair, he quickly began his dialog.
“My fellow countryman, we are about to enter unchartered judicial waters. Has the old adage “You made your bed, now lie in it” about to come to pass in our great newly-formed republic? The credibility of America’s newly enacted election procedure is seemingly coming into question here. Political party affiliations are not standing their ground and are falling apart. Court systems, hopefully not ours, are not taking a standing for the truth, for the rule of law, and for our new American Constitution.”
“Obviously the truth of our newly formed republic seems to be hanging in the balance," he went on. "Seems now that all forms of America’s modern-day societal, and even spiritual living are adhering to Satan’s earthly presence (Ephesians 6:12) with the help of Satan’s hundreds of fallen angels, considered now to be demons. “
“Before us is the apparently tainted result of this our first open election. These results which we are now debating appear to be truly faulted. I’m so unsettled within my spirit. My patriot soul trembles within me. Noting my time is about up I have many unsettling questions for this assembly that I reserve until the question portion of the meeting."
“So, I’ll quickly give my closing benediction; I close with this, is this our newly-formed republic about to be placed under God’s national judgment, before even being given a chance of survival? Will our republic fail, will it fall? Will our conservative countrymen ever again regain the proper respect, the proper power in government if we let this apparent election fraud stand? I think not, my fellow countrymen. I now appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions in the name and by the authority of the good people of this newly founded republic, yield back to the chair, Amen!" he concluded.
With this, the great statesman slumped back down in this chair, tired from the debate, and surrounded by a deluge of yells, ovations and applause from his fellow judges.
"Time to vote," came the announcement from the chair.
However, being prompted by Ben’s remarks, another of the judges unexpectedly stood up quickly quoting a strange but true Bible passage.
“In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” (II Chronicles 15:5-7)
With this sudden outburst of Scripture, the entire court room exploded with approval. The entire courtroom, including all spectators, was also turned into an instant Old Time Religion revival.
I didn’t get the results of this interesting election hearing as I suddenly awoke, coming quickly out of my book and back into my comfortable bed chamber where I remained completely exhausted, worn out from my strange midnight dream or vision adventure.
Where did I go from there? You guessed it. “Vote for our local well-known Bible Professor” was the call throughout the land. Signs, hundreds of them, all over the place. Amen!
You've probably gathered from my recent blogs, that I’m very much concerned with the direction in which our great republic America may be headed. It is surely an uncharted course, to say the least. But we’re not in the belly of the whale just yet. (Jonah 2:2)
I was born and reared to honor the dictates of our beloved republic of America and I just can’t understand America’s current aggressive communal spirit.
Growing up in the good old days of the fifties, living through the turbulent sixties, progressing vastly through the seventies, and moving swiftly through the high-tech worlds of the eighties and nineties and quickly into our fast moving twenty first century, I now find myself wondering what’s next? Much more unsettled progression, I’m sure.
We've seen disturbing events such as massive uncontrollable chaos in the streets, questionable judicial court decisions, governments running roughshod over our tried-and-true founding documents, and on and on.
We all oftentimes resort to fear. Our gracious heavenly Father knows this. A good portion of Bible Scripture urges us not to be afraid. God isn’t telling us to abandon our human nature, but He is telling us to always trust in Him. In doing so, we will find peace that calms our fears. (II Timothy 1:7)
Remember, be it politics, government, friends, family, work, play, we all have our own set of fears, but never let them paralyze you; remember that God is greater than anything we might fear.
It is my honest hope and prayerful desire that America remain the land of the free and home of the brave, and continue to adhere to the divinely directed In God We Trust. And that we will always be known as America the Beautiful. Oh yes, I’m pointing one finger at you, but the rest point towards me.
And yes, the Lord willing, I will continue to proclaim His goodness, even though our old, troubled world. Please continue to read my blogs. Thanks, and Amen! (Matthew 14:30)