Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
All military commanders and planners spend a lot of time determining what “ground” they will defend. In war, we stake the American flag and will defend that ground with our lives. In marriage, whether military or civilian, Mike and I tend to view each couple as having either a red flag, yellow flag, or a green flag staked on their marriage ground. What color is the flag staked in your ground?
Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court attempted to create a new category of so-called “rights” in the U.S. Constitution and in advance of Independence Day, a study, conducted by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in partnership with USA Today, found that that one-third of Americans can’t name any of the rights that the First Amendment guarantees. According to a USA Today story, less than two-thirds of survey respondents – 57% vs. 68% a year ago -- were able to cite freedom of speech as one protected by the amendment. Only 19% were able to cite the freedom of religion, down from 29%.
Something happened too terrible to put into words. What can we do as Christians to come to peace with such a thing and help others do the same? So often we witness tragic losses over which we had no control to stop and no power to rectify. The list is long and covers the breadth of history from the Holocaust to the recent shootings in a Church in South Carolina.