by Del Tackett


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The Founder's Backbone

Not too long ago I was struck by two incidents that measured how we as a culture are increasingly losing the mettle to stand for our convictions.

 

The newly crowned Miss USA was asked if she believed that health care was a privilege or a right. She was also asked if she were a feminist. Her answers were contrary to the power of the new beast in our culture and within 24 hours she was forced to bow the knee and recant.

 

A West Point graduate, Army flight surgeon and war hero was nominated to be the Secretary of the Army. Shortly thereafter, the beast forced him to withdraw because of his stated beliefs. In this case, he didn’t recant, but it is becoming clearer that we are entering a period in which convictions contrary to the beast’s are going to come under fierce attack and possibly disqualify one for significant positions in our culture and even inhibit the commercial right to buy and sell.

 

Thankfully, the founders weren’t so squeamish. Thankfully, they had a backbone.

 

Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence, which we celebrate today. The beast in their day was the mighty power of King George and his supreme army and navy. Though the founders believed in their convictions, they knew that the beast would consider it treason, the penalty for which was death. This provided for a most somber and solemn pause in the assembly. It was in the gravity of that moment that Benjamin Franklin quipped something like: “Well gentlemen, we must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”

There was no doubt in their minds that to stand up to the beast would prove costly. And cost them it did.

Of the fifty-six, five were captured, tortured and put to death. Twelve had their homes burned down. Two lost sons. Nine died in the ensuing war with the beast. Carter Braxton signed as a wealthy trader and died in rags. Thomas McKeam and his family were driven underground and ended up in poverty. Eight had their properties looted. Thomas Nelson directed the cannon fire on his own beautiful estate, which the British General Cornwallis had converted into his headquarters. After destroying his own home, he died bankrupt. Francis Lewis’ home and property were destroyed and his wife captured and thrown in prison where she died. His son died in British captivity as well. A few months after signing, John Hart was driven from his home where his wife lay dying. He was hunted and hid in caves only to finally return to find his fields and grist mill laid to waste, his wife dead and his thirteen children gone. He died shortly thereafter of exhaustion and a broken heart. Richard Stockton died a broken man after being betrayed by a loyalist, imprisoned, and beaten, returning eventually to find his home gutted. Only days after signing, Lewis Morris found his 2,000-acre farm ravaged, his cattle butchered and his family driven away. Similarly, Arthur Middleton, Edward Rutledge and Thomas Heyward were captured while their estates were burned to the ground. Heyward’s wife died, watching it all.

 

These men had backbones. They did not recant. They did not retreat. They pledged their “lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” so that a nation built on new foundations might provide liberty to its people. They lost their lives and their fortunes, but not their sacred honor.

 

Today we fight a new beast. Do we have the same resolve? Are we willing to pledge our lives and fortunes, our sacred honor? Or will we capitulate, bow the knee and take the easy road?

This week, the beast was attempting to force a university in Oklahoma to bow the knee and remove the crosses and Bibles from its chapel. In Denver a baker still battles the beast over his Christian convictions. No question, the beast is huge, his claws are sharp, his teeth are lethal.

But so, too, was King George.

Do we have the backbone to stand?

The Remnant remains for a reason.

 

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  • Laurie Herman

    The beast is indeed an ugly, hateful beast. I am so hopeful that the Christian soul of this great nation has awakened and will have more and more voices speaking out for real truth. This next decade promises to have some crucial twists and turns. So thankful we have our Lord at the helm! Great to hear from you again, Del. Hope you had a nice Fourth. : ) --Laurie Herman
  • Nichole Kaiser

    Thanks Del for this encouragement. As I read 1 Peter this morning your words seemed to echo his. Peter is encouraging believers- those that have been exiled and dispersed- to be willing to suffer for righteousness. If we suffer unjustly we will be blessed. Christ suffered for us unjustly, we can join Him in that suffering when we suffer unjustly. In Chapter 4 Peter tells us not to be surprised when we do have to suffer for the right thing. To suffer like this should be part of our Christian walk. We should rejoice in the fact that we have the oppportunity to identify with Christ. Moreover, it is a chance to entrust our souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. I love that Peter tells us that if we live righteously we will have the Lord's attention, and He will hear our prayers and not be opposed to us. Praise God! Let's have the backbone to stand strong with a view that future blessing is coming and we can stand strong because God is on our side.
  • Sherri Hampton

    I believe we all have opportunities to "stand." If the Lord puts us in the public square, it is to shine His light. And also in the every-day of our common lives, there are opportunities all around to stand in the face of fierce opposition. "Making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil..." Thanks for the sobering reminder.
  • Paul Stanford

    Thanks Del for reminding us of their courage and how God's hand guided them in the establishment of this great nation. We can never forget. Also, recently viewed Is Genesis History. Thanks again for your great work should be seen by everyone.
  • Greg Logan

    Del I am sort of lost. The founders did not have much of a back-bone at all - they continued to support the enslavement of men - except when it suited them to account for them as 3/5 of a human being (as if God creates 3/5 of a human being....). They entirely rejected citizens without property - they entirely rejected women - they essentially rejected blacks - if by nothing else were blantantly racists. These men were good with stealing from the native Americans.... thieves... This is all just a start - not to mention the blatant hypocrisy (a SIN btw....), etc. So I am lost - it appears your reading of history is grotesquely colored by some kind of agenda - and one that certainly does not reflect the Lord Jesus Christ. I am not even getting to whatever it is that you call the beast to day though I find the greatest beast to be the daughter of the whore - 81% of professed members which support a serial adulterer who gloated in manipulating and abusing women, an inveterate liar and con and entirely anti-Christ in every respect (I won't even get into qualifications or competence issues - simply the ethics that display the supporting community very much a beast that has struck this great country with something more akin to sewage rather than light (despite their haughty claims....). Sad....
  • Israel McCrery

    Praise God for the wisdom He has blessed you with. Praying for Gods shield over you. I wish all could clearly understand but, as is true since the beginning of time, not all will...willing do so.
  • Greg Logan

    I pray that all would deal with facts - rather than a deceptive religious agenda.
  • Israel McCrery

    Greg, At any point have you tried watching the Truth Project? Your concerns are real, but they are over looking the point. To not discount your concerns but, refocus your vision.... Factually, all human kind are born sinners, and whether one chooses to accept Christ or not, we all still die sinner(s) (redeemed or not). So what does that have to say about everyone, including all of the individuals Del talked about? They weren't perfect, and neither are you or me....or even Del 😳. No human ever has been or will be perfelect...except the One who God made in human form in order to die for us, to wash us of our sins. Does that stop us from sinning? Of course not (LOLOL), and neither will all of our concerns until the second coming....as much as one might think otherwise. Love you!
  • Greg Logan

    Israel Thanks for a bit of a more thoughtful follow-up. While I appreciate your response, it overlooks the fact that Del is simply passing off revisionist history and a highly partisan political agenda - pretty much devoid of facts. Partisanship is, at best, hypocrisy - and, most often, outright lying. That which is devoid of facts - is falsehood - contrary to truth. These are NOT the characteristics of someone who is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. re Truth Project I have watched a few selections. I believe one may have been on the Exodus - which had elements that may have been interesting but bore much more research. I watched Del's presentation on Jesus - I was quite disappointed - as I am with his presentation here. I think Del has an ability to be a lot more thoughtful than I have seen. Best, Greg
  • Israel McCrery

    Your words compel me to ask, are you searching for something? Your thoughts tell me you disagree but, you continue to read. I a can't get enough of Del, and have been re-energized by "Is Genesis History". I'm going to stop writing now but I just read a bumper sticker, 'Wag More & Bark Less'. Food for thought even for me 👍
  • Greg Logan

    Israel I am interacting with you because you are making the effort - which I find commendable. I do not recall how I originally ran into this blog - I think it may have come via em based on having signed up while the video series was playing in a Sunday school I attended. What I am looking for is to expose a partisan political agenda - that has infected the church of Jesus Christ. An agenda that is patently contrary to Jesus call to us - an agenda that appears to be pretty clearly seen in the above post. Likewise, I am looking to expose anything which denies the man Christ Jesus with another Jesus - another Jesus who is obscured because of the lack of knowledge by the average "Christian" who are unable to respond to specious traditional reasonings - including those used by Del. However, this latter item is not related to my posting here - only the former. Best Greg
  • Cheryl Mueller

    Greg, I read your response with some interest. I live in a very ultra liberal part of the country. I see many Christians struggle with this, too. May I suggest that you allow Christian brothers and sisters to follow their conscience? If the Holy Spirit has quickened their hearts to stand against a very great sin, then instead of attacking them for being "partisan", perhaps try to gain a better understanding. As a Christian who has run for office, I can tell you that the two major parties in this country have been dividing up along moral issues for many years. So when you try to root out partisanship within the body, you are basically telling us not make moral judgements about the political parties--yet you clearly have. I usually point people to the party platforms. Most Christians will make that (party) decision based on the abortion issue alone, although I think now you can add the marriage and LBGT issues to it as well. Just as we see clearly the moral issues of the past, these are the moral issues of our day. The humanists have been attacking the Natural Law for decades. They are making laws that force Christians to go against their moral beliefs. So try to step away from your own biases and look at the issues, the party platforms and the decisions being made from a biblical worldview. (What I do is try to imagine if we were in ancient Israel. What would God be saying about this or that? I.e. Murder of babies=No. Sexual Immorality=No. Greed=No. Forcing the acceptance of sin=No. Etc.). I can't help but think of the book of Daniel and how they stood up to and refused to bow to the false god. That is how many of us see where we are today. Imagine someone telling Daniel to not do what he believes is right--oh wait, that is exactly what happened! LOL There is always a battle of right and wrong going on. And as the article stated, we often face the beast as a minority. But as we stand on His Word, on His power, God is on our side. And Truth will prevail. It may take years, constant prayer, but it will. In the meantime, we need to stop biting at one another and seek God's ways, His purposes. all while we love and forgive our brothers.
  • Greg Logan

    Cheryl You are identifying significant issues - but your answer indicates that you do not understand what partisanship is nor are able to identify distortion and falsehood when it is wrapped in a lamb-skin. Partisanship is LYING! It is a false balance – an unequal weight and measure – a tipped scale. These are condemned by God OVER and OVER again! Partisanship is blatant hypocrisy - NOT a matter of “conscience”. Partisanship is a matter of SIN. I am judging and condemning SIN – as those of us in the Kingdom of God are called to do. The problem with the above article is that it represents a blatant mis-representation and grotesque partisanship distilled from a much larger agenda all intended to deceive its into a particular false, anti-Christ agenda. The very type of religious agenda that murdered Jesus Christ. The representation of the founders having “back-bone” is very idealistic. The fact is that along with whatever positive characteristics various demonstrated – they were demonstrated equal amounts of with cowardly, hypocritical and sinful characteristics. However, the complete reality does not fit the agenda that Del is using to manipulate his audience to buy-off on what is a larger anti-Christ agenda. In contrast, liberals – such as Martin Luther King and liberal Democrats – such as John F. Kennedy – the very liberals that you despise, hate and condemn – demonstrated massive back-bone – to the actual giving of their very lives – to right the huge wrongs the Founders created because of their cowardly evil. When you are interested in breaking the bondage of the agenda that has been covered the eyes of so many professing American white Christians, I would be happy to dialogue with you. However, you will have to decide that the truth of Jesus Christ is FAR more important than 21st American evangelical religion that has mis-represented Him and which you have chosen to impose on your own thinking as painfully demonstrated in your response which simply regurgitates these common anti-Christ memes with no reflection of truth nor of the Word of God. I say this with great sorrow – not only because of the loss for you – but for the degradation of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sincerely, In Christ Greg Logan
  • Cheryl Lankes

    We must join forces and push back- when one goes to the 50 yard line to pray, we must all go with him. When one refuses to bake we must refuse as well. We will grow our numbers by being bold because the youth are looking for leadership and proof of Christ in us. Lord God help Del help us with more posts like this that challenge and inspire us. Just as we are the church we are also the country, the souls of which are intertwined, for this we must be BOLD.
  • Greg Logan

    CHERYL LANKES You are advocating wrestling against flesh and blood - however, in the Kingdom of God, our call is NOT to wrestle with flesh and blood but principalities and powers. Wrestling with flesh and blood is simply to feed your flesh - in the Kingdom of God - our call is to crucify the flesh. Again - your focus is on the things below - of this world. In the kingdom of God our call is to focus on the things above - searching for a City whose builder and maker is God. You have been provided an agenda that is EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE of the agenda of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why have received a different gospel - which is no gospel at all? Greg Logan
  • Israel McCrery

    Adding you to my prayer list Greg. Your lost sole has some searching to discover, and I can only guess you now think I'm a part of your anti-Christ zombies. 😂 Jesus and I are going have a lot to laugh about. Sorry, I really didn't have to say that. I'm now exiting this commentary, and looking forward to Dels next God given words.
  • Greg Logan

    Israel Sad that you feel personal deprecation is a means of communication - and arrogance is the appropriate attitude. Your statement re "Del's God given words" - shows the level of cultic deception with which you are involved. You have chosen to completely abandon historical facts, critical analysis - and, most important, God's clear Word - the Bible - and simply grasp the straw of some human authority and their agenda. BTW - the word is spelled "soul" (not "sole"). And you won't be laughing with Jesus - nor will I. I will be prostate on my face before the Lord of Glory - and worshiping Him. I have no idea where you will be based on your comments. Sincerely, In Christ Greg Logan
  • Israel McCrery

    Sorry everyone! I'm feeling like I just played a bad movie for you. I going to stick to reading the posts, praying afterwards, ignoring mindless comments, and always LOLWJ! 😘
  • Greg Logan

    Israel - OTOH - you could try not playing games with the name of the Lord Jesus Christ - He isn't your little pet toy....

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