The Line in the Sand : From The Desk of an American Writer

Hello my friends. I am coming to you with a heavy heart this evening! I am grieved for my country, These United States of America! You have probably heard of our two most recent tragedies, the shootings in Texas and Ohio. These are tragedies of a very real and personal nature; these tragic events effect families and communities, tragedies that effect schools and job sites, tragedies that keep happening over and over and over again! Yet our politicians are turning the loss of loved ones, the pain and suffering of families and communities into a political football!

As South Africans or people of other countries, that just might happen to read my rambling thoughts on paper, you too might relate to the tragic loss of life in your own countries, the in your face events of mass murder and mayhem we see on our tv screens, or in some countries, in your own neighborhoods! Our world is now, and always has been inundated with violence, malice, corruption and greed! {Ecclesiastes 1:9 New King James version: That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.} For politicians of any political persuasion rule by either heavy handed power, broken promises or outright lies!

I grew up in the American south in the 1960’s where I witnessed firsthand the prejudices against people of race, color and ethnicity, people that were not of the right social status, that didn’t have the right political or business connections, a different socio economic status or just did not fit in! A Bias that was based upon the outward appearance of a person! Today, in America, we see the reverse in action! Social Liberals are rising up and people of faith are being kept out of certain jobs, people of faith are being forced under penalty of law to compromise their personal belief system. People that hold to their constitutional rights are being punished by heavy handed courts. What is wrong has now turned into what is right, what once was evil is now good, and those things that should be abhorred are celebrated! These people of faith are standing in ISBINDI and UKHOLO!

I wrote to you recently of courage; please let me tell you two stories that will carry that theme into today’s article. In the early 19th century, a young backwoodsman and pioneer had become a national hero in the Indian Wars of the American South. David {DAVY} Crockett went on to become a congressman in Washington DC, from his home state of Tennessee. Crockett served with honor and distinction as a politician, but he had his fill of the belly and bottom of American politics. In His farewell speech to congress, Crockett is reputed to have said: TO HELL WITH CONGRESS, I’M GOING TO TEXAS! At the time, Texas was a territory of Mexico, yet striving for independence! To go to Texas would mean to go to war and to possibly die for what he, Crockett believed in, freedom! Crocket arrived in San Antonio Texas with a small contingent of men to help defend a Spanish mission, The Alamo, against insurmountable odds, from an approaching Mexican Army! Colonel William Travis, the garrison commander of the Alamo, took his sword in hand, and as the Mexicans trumpeter played “El Deguello,” {no quarter given} on his trumpet, drew a line in that hot Texas sand! Colonel Austin asked all that would join him in this fight of certain death, to cross over his line in the sand! Every man crossed over that line and every man, including Crockett and Austin, died that day!

Jesus drew several lines in the sand during his earthly ministry. The religious leaders of his day had trapped a young woman into a very compromising sexual entanglement. T dragged her away from her lover and threw her down at the feet of Jesus. His reply: John 8:7 – But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. The other line was made, not by his fingers, but by his cross, as he drugged it, bloodied and beaten, through the Via De La Rosa and up Golgotha’s hill!
ISBINDI! Courage! Crockett had it, Austin Had it, Mandela and King had it! But Ujesu Kristu, Jesus Christ was the true example of courage and through his Holy Spirit, we can find the ISBINDI , we can have the UKHOLO to Cross over:
THE LINE IN THE SAND!

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