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This Month's Scripture Verse:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:1-5


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How To Turn A Small Protest Into A Big Protest

This month's anti-drone protest at the Horsham Air National Guard Station outside of Philly was smaller than last month's. That was sad. However, these protests could never be large enough to have an impact because of the location. So what is the point of a small protest?

Like all protests, a small protest can create awareness of a problem. But if the only result is that some have an increased awareness of the problem, then the protest has become insignificant. For it is just as when one's faith is dead without works, awareness without followup is meaningless.

What we protesters have now is a mixture of responses from no comment to a few nay-sayers to people beeping their horns in support. It is like playing a football game before a crowd. Some, in the crowd, could care less about the game.  Some, in the crowd, boo one of the teams on the field. While those who honk are satisfied with staying in the stands and cheering for us. 

But when it comes to protests, we need are more players than fans. I don't mean that people who drive by should immediately park their cars and join us. What I do mean is that the people who honk for us should perform other activism that supports the cause. Other activism could include going to other protests, calling or writing their elected officials, talking to their friends about the issue, and publicly expressing their opinions. 

Until we get enough players, we will get the same old, same old government behavior. That behavior consists of when business speaks, government listens. For it is business that benefits from drone attacks sans accountability. It is their equipment and support that the government pays for and those government checks come from our current taxes and our future debt. But the deficit spending is not the only debt we will incur. There is a moral debt that will be exacted on us by our current targets once they gain power. And history tells us that no empire lasts forever. The end will most likely be brutal unless we change our direction and game plan.

But as it stands now, there are not enough anti-drone players on the field to win the game. Why? It is partially because the fans whom we have are content to just cheer from the stands rather than play with the team. And those in government who make the decisions are not threatened by a small team with a large fan base. Rather, what changes their mind and behavior is when they have to face a big team that has a multiple threat offense. 

My fellow Conservative Christians should be first to join the team to enter the fray. We could show why by playing Madlibs. We start with writing the following sentence:

For with our _______ protests, we are talking about limiting the power of our government so that it becomes accountable for its _______ actions against _______________. 

What Conservative Christian should balk at actions that limit the power of the current government? But when we fill in the blanks, we see why many Conservative Christians don't even watch the game. Why? Look at the filled in words:

With the anti-drone protests, we are talking about limiting the power of our government so that it becomes accountable for its deadly actions against those, including children, from other countries

Are my fellow American Conservative Christians too conscious of how fellow-Christians are being either persecuted to care when others are being hurt? Are my fellow American Conservative Christians too infected by the tribalistic virus that kills one's sense of moral absolutes? If so, then for these Christians, right and wrong are determined by who does what to whom.

If American Conservative Christians have lost their sense of right and wrong in this issue, is there any chance that it can be found in nonChristians? And if it can, what shame will that bring to the Gospel? The answers to these questions and more will be answered by what happens after next protest. 

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