As we have now entered the seventh anniversary of that day of terror, September 11, 2001, it is humbling and amazing to see how much has changed. I was an 11 year old child at the time, and last year on this very day I wrote a reminiscence of the event in full. If you will take a moment to read it, you will understand better why I have been so passionate about the state of this nation. That spark of concern was lit during the historic Election 2000 when I was but ten (perhaps I should include journal entries from that time…though it would be rather embarrassing). It was kindled further the next year as I watched the country get thrust into turmoil, struggle to fight off her enemies in the succeeding years, and then heard whining, manipulative and condemning voices within her very soul lash out against truth. Oh, I cannot begin to explain how deeply it stabs me to hear anti-American, anti-common sense, anti-Bush, anti-military screeching. It burned me even to tears at times as I attempted to use my own writing skills to be a voice of righteous reason. I began publishing The A Place To Read Gazette and most of my articles focused on political topics. My first article about the War on Terror was written in 2004 and titled “What In The War’s Going On Here?“. Feel free to analyze those 14 year old girlish petitions as you wish.
But to the point of this blog post:
“Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, ‘From what city are you?’ And he would say, ‘Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.’
Then Absalom would say to him, ‘See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.’ Moreover, Absalom would say, ‘Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.”
And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.”
~ 2 Samuel 15:2-6
Through a little campaigning, I dare say, Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel. Isn’t that how the liberal media works these days? By focusing on things of bad report – whether it be inventing non-existent problems or exploiting real problems for their personal gain (“Oh, if only the country would give us full control…”) , they whip and woo mercilessly to get their way. The nature of their unrestrained bias demonstrates an age old lust for power. Americans are easily brainwashed by all the nay-saying and the smooching, and thus a new ideology takes over. It grieves me to see how many stolen hearts there are in my own generation.
I was intrigued to find that the story of Absalom’s conspiracy has a direct foot note to the book of Romans:
“Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our LORD CHRIST but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.”
~ Romans 16:17-18
What a warning…we must stay on our guard, be critical and suspicious thinkers, and yet we must not give in to the dissensions that are threatening to divide us…dissensions heralded by the lustful liberal media as well as those within the Christian conservative crowd.