Blowback Effect

“And when the men of the city arose early in the
morning, behold, the altar of Ba’al was cast down,
and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the
second bullock was offered upon the altar that was
built.
And they said one to another, who hath done this
thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said,
Gideon the son of Jo’ash hath done this thing.
Then the men of the city said unto Jo’ash, bring out
thy son, that he may die: because her hath cast down
the altar of Ba’al, and because he hath cast down the
grove that was by it.”   Judges 6:28-30.

It has been a historical position among pagans that when the Christian community proclaims some truth that the worshipers of Baal seek to destroy the messengers who are articulate to set out the truth. This always brings about turmoil for those who hear what is said and is acted out.

This blog, DiggingOldWells.com, is not meant to be a political statement by the author.  However, I would be less than honest not to draw a parallel between the actions of politicians and the events swirling around us.  Under these circumstances it would be a gross act of negligence. This is obviously one of the true faults of the men of the pulpit. They won’t even raise the issues of homosexuality, theft, child abuse and fornication. There are more examples what could be condemned from the men who are supposedly our religious leaders.  They have proven again and again that they are cowards.

What this country must have is a warrior class of men!  Instead, we have nourished a class of men who act like scared women. When I graduated from SMU law school there was one woman in my class. Today I am told that women populate at least 50% of the law classes. Now we are told woman may be in combat positions in the military. This will prove to be a disaster.

Every four years, (in the United States), people become agitated, upset and mentally moved. The reason for this is that there is an election for the Presidency of the United States. A part of this process is to ridicule, lie and cheat about the other side. This election cycle seems to be focused on campaigning against others.

Your author has lived through these elections: 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and now 2016.

This adds up to 22 of these fiascos! They all seem to have the same flavor. However, this four-year cycle seems different.  I think that the brutality is much more caustic in this year’s 2016th election.

From the view point of a nonparticipating person this one has much more at stake than others.. Here are some fundamental issues which will affect we Christians:

Will the muslim infidels continue to be allowed in this country?
• Will we allow the lies permitted by one of these candidates?
• Will we seek to resolve the debt crisis?
• Will we continue to go to war in the Middle East?
• Will we only apply the rule of law to the common people? and
• Will we stop corruption in the large Democratic cities?

It must be understood that if these issues are not resolved then we Christians will be sacrificed on the altar of Baal. All of the questions set out above must be answered because, if not – our Christian faith will be under great pressure to be destroyed. This will be done by either the muslims or the liberals or as it is often called progressivism. This election for 2016 has a deep spiritual tone to it.

 

BLOWBACK

From the reading of history about Israel these Jews never really understood that God gives out judgment for all of our actions. There is a lack of belief and of understanding on the part of the vast majority of the human race even today. In Judges 6:1, these words were written.

“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the
Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of
Mid’i-an seven years.”

An angel sent from Jehovah came and talked with Gideon. This conversation is recorded for us in Judges 6:21-23.

“Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff
That was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the
Unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rocks,
And consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then
the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight
And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord,
Gideon said, alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an
angel of the Lord face to face
And the Lord said unto him, peace be unto thee; fear not:
thou shalt not die.”

 

Now the emissary from God caused Gideon to act quickly. An altar was built at once by Gideon. This future general knew something had to be done so that the Midianites would be removed.

As people of God we are to act quickly to overcome the evil around us. The modern church forces “a committee” to talk for at least a year.

Evil is among us. Actions must be taken to thwart the evil.

It was true when Gideon lived and it is true now. In the large cities in the United States, they are run by people who are controlled by men and women without a sense of right and wrong. The same concept has been used by the elite who are involved internationally. We Christians are at a disadvantage in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now we are in trouble.

In 2009, there was published a book “The Sorrows of Empire”, by Chalmers Johnson.  Another of his works was “Blowback”. The theme of both volumes is that judgment comes. Even though it has been years since these came on the scene – his theory still is valid.

In fact, there was a plan to kill Gideon as told in Judges 6:30-31.

“Then the men of the city said unto Jo’ash, bring out thy son,
That he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Ba’al.”

“And because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
And Jo’ash said unto all that stood against him, will ye plead
for Ba’al? will ye save him? He that will plead for him, let him
be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a God, let him
plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.”

Gideon was told that payment was to be made. In our day and time, it was congressman Ron Paul who said, “They didn’t come over here until we went over there.”

Blowback occurs when evil is done.  The reverse happens when goodness is returned to us.

 

WAR CAME

In a brief statement war was pushed on the Israelites as set out in Judges 6:33.

“Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the
children of the east were gathered together, and went
over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.”

When laid along side of the times of Gideon, the question comes up whether we should go to war. The answer is a strong yes. In later years we know that much of the Roman army was Christian. There is a strong inclination that much of the time Jesus conversed with the military. Then also, the first Gospel sermon to the gentiles was to a Roman officer by the name Cornelius.

God has used war to cleanse a nation; this was the method he used to bring the Israelites back to worshiping Jehovah.

It seems in our time war may be of necessity to bring the people back to worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Son Jesus Christ.

There is in this writers view an attempt to put the bible stories in a form so to apply our daily life at this moment. Otherwise why would I write this blog every week. Unless the Bible is put in this context it makes no sense.
The call went out to the various Jewish tribes to prepare for war. This can be found in Judges 6:37.

“Behold I will put a fleece of wool in the floor: and if
the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all
the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save
Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.”

Why Gideon was so selective in his gathering we do not know but this is what happened.

In our nation for us to be strong the following should occur without delay:

• No more muslims allowed,
• Remove all muslims,
• Destroy all the mosque,
• Start paying off the debt, and
• Allow the unhindered flow of the Christian religion.

Are these radical ideas?  Yes!  Will they be accomplished?  No!

 

CONFIRMATION

Even at this point Gideon wanted assurance he had the blessing of Almighty God. These two attempts were set out in Judges 6:36,39.

“And Gideon said unto God, if thou wit save Israel by
Mine hand, as thou hast said.”

“And Gideon said unto God, let not thine anger be hot
Against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove,
I pray thee, but this once with the fleece: let it now be dry
Only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there
Dew.”

Gideon was not sure the result would come out as he hoped. There was an inward struggle going on in the mind of Gideon. He wanted to have confirmation that he would be successful in fighting the Midianites. This was only human.

In our lives we often try to bargain with God. This will not work. Our God has a plan that will need to be worked. Remember it is His plan not yours or mine.

CONCLUSION

There is a lesson for each person who is familiar with what Gideon did for Israel and thus for you and I in our walk on this earth.

The lesson to be learned is when the Lord puts a burden upon our heart this was for a reason.  Act upon it.

Another lesson is stand up for righteousness. This requires each person to stand for what God tells us.

Look around you and there appear signs of a colossal failure on how many have failed to bring about peace on earth. When we expect the government to solve a problem this is a sign of your ignorance. Rules and ideologies do not bring tranquility. The opposite is true.

God chose one man to bring peace to Israel. His name was Gideon. It is OUR responsibility to fight against evil.

 

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

I AM RESOLVED

“I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world’s delight;
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
These have allured my sight.

I will hasten to Him,
Hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest,
I will come to Thee.

I am resolved to go to the Savior,
Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true one; He is the just one,
He has the words of life.

I am resolved, and who will go with me?
Come, friends, without delay;
Taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit,
We’ll walk the heavenly way.”
GERALD K. FUGIT
July 17, 2016
DiggingOldWells.Com

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