HEAVEN IS MY HOME
Updated: Sep 30, 2022
I saw a t-shirt with a picture of a Native American warrior on it and the words, "Homeland Security, fighting terrorism since 1492. I got a chuckle out of that. I thought that was very clever.
Christopher Columbus was the point man for the European incursion into the land masses we now know as the Americas. Alien people who had no legal right to do so came and seized the land violently. After the genocide of the indigenous people and in the aftermath of numerous broken treaties and even after also forcefully and illegally importing alien people from the African continent the aliens from Europe established their own republic in place of the now conquered peoples and based it on a document with high principles such as the notion "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain inalienable rights such as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." These slave-owning framers of the declaration of independence and the constitution of the United States of America wrote this while they were in the process of exterminating the indigenous peoples of the land they were then occupying.
Fast-forward to 2010. The state of Arizona passed a law intended to rid itself of "illegal aliens." The irony of such a law did not escape me. Here, in California, which once was part of Mexico, Mexicans are considered illegal immigrants unless the government of this land says they are legal citizens.
The interesting thing about how California became part of the U.S. is that Mexico actually voluntarily handed California over to the U.S. for a price. It was not seized violently. It was a peaceful transaction which resulted in the legal becoming the illegal. Now, the once legal is waging a not-so-quiet war to regain its legal status in a land that was once its own. They see themselves in the same light as Chief Geronimo of the Apache nation. They see themselves as continuing in the tradition of fighting terrorism since 1492.
I have been waging a war against terrorism also; however, the difference between me and the indigenous people of this land is that my "struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." and, "the weapons" I "fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." I "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and" I "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4)" I have "put on the full armor of God, so that" now that "the day of evil" has come, I am "able to stand" my "ground, and after" I "have done everything, to stand." I "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around" my "waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with" my "feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this," I "take up the shield of faith, with which" I "can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I "take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)"
Unlike Geronimo, I do not represent the Apache nation. I am an ambassador of a nation that consists of a "chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God (1 Peter 2:9)." His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36) My nation is not a democracy. It is a monarchy with a monarch, a king, who is the king of kings, a most unusual king. A king who came into this world not to be served but to serve, a king who does not draft us into his army against our will, but one who inspires us to the point where even though he said, "If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. (John 15:20)," and even when "we are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed;" even though "we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair; We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed;(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)" and our response is "We have left everything to follow you! (Mark 10:28)" We will still follow him. We will endure persecution because he
demonstrated his unheard of, unprecedented, unconditional love for us by condescending from the heights of the eternal heavens to become one of us and die for us. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)." He did this while we were yet dead in our trespasses and sins and enemies of him. My king is my friend.
Philippians 1:21 "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."
This article was written by Warrior Richardson
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