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Looking for new wineskins

David Barton, president of Wallbuilders, was on my Faith2Action radio program yesterday with some solid advice for our pro-family leaders. If you’re a leader, you’ve been through the battles, and chances are you’ve had some significant victories. You’ve seen what works, but there is a danger that comes with that. The “been there, done that” mentality will cost us, Barton says, if we are not flexible. He points to 1 Chronicles 14 where David was facing the Philistines in the valley and he hit them head on and “clobbered them.” A few verses later in the same chapter, David faced the same enemy in the same valley. Most would have just done what worked before, but David was smart enough to enquire of the Lord, and God gave him an entirely different strategy:

Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer. Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.

We need to be doing a lot more inquiring of the Lord and a lot less of the “same old, same old.”

Some things seem like no-brainers, but, well, they’re not. Like when Joshua was plowing through nations and the next one to fall tried the “old clothes moldy bread” trick. They wore sandals with holes in them and tore their clothes, pretending they were from a far off land wanting to make a peace treaty with the Israelites. We think we can handle the “easy ones” on our own – we do it all the time. Joshua 9:14 says, “They did not ask counsel of the Lord,” and it cost them greatly.

Barton said it right: We’ve got a lot of “old wineskins” that don’t do so well with new ideas and new strategies; as Matthew 9:17 points out:

Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.

The new idea? Taking the land. As I begin my program every day, “if you’re sick of talking and tired of losing battles we can win,” it’s time to do something different. Something new. Something pro-active.

A third proactive strategy needs to tackle the homosexual agenda. The homosexual activists have declared a “Day of Silence” this Friday in public schools. Many schools are joining them by allowing students not to participate in class discussions to demonstrate their homosexual advocacy. Some students are staying home. That’s fine. Some students are speaking up – that’s better – especially with an audience that won’t talk back for once. They might actually get a few words of truth in about a dangerous lifestyle without being called a bigot, for a change.

By the way, kids, here’s the definition of the word for future reference:

Big-ot: 1. noun. a conservative who is winning a debate with a liberal. See also: Syn. intolerant, extremist, homophobe, anti-choice, Nazi.

But here’s the best response to schools advocating an agenda that knocks an average of 20 years off your child’s lifespan: Inform the school district that if they participate in promoting behavior that is harmful to minors, they are in violation of state law and that you, as a parent or citizen, will pursue all legal consequences available to you.

What has worked in the past may not be what will work in the future in the cultural war we face. Let’s seek God for His strategy and take pro-active action as He directs.

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