This one has a bit of a long intro, so bear with me as I explain the WHY before I get to the HOW.
Each morning, when I do my daily prayer, I ask God to put me where I can help. That may be on the side of the road, at a gas station, on the receiving end of phone call, or even right in front of my keyboard. I use the ending of Romans 6:13 to offer my services to God as a protector:
Offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness.
You can call it silly, sentimental religious nonsense if you wish, but because I say this every single day, I’ve found myself at countless injury accident scenes (including one bad rollover and one bad car versus pole) where I was the first person to treat the injured. One time, I came across a Michigan State Police Trooper pinned between two cars, with multiple other injured people on scene. As everyone else drove by, I jumped out to help.
It’s not always an accident or medical issue (although I’ve intervened in a heart attack). One time, I pulled into a gas station and there was a distraught elderly woman at the next pump. I asked how I could help and she tearfully explained that her husband had recently died and that he had always pumped the gas. She was upset because she had no idea how to work these new, modern pumps. I spent some time helping and teaching her. Now, I had never stopped here before and popped in on a whim. That wasn’t me; it was God presenting that chance to help to me.
Now, I’m not telling you these to get kudos or likes. I’m telling you because God offers you choices as to whether to get involved in or not. Every single incident here had something in common. The vast majority of other people, everyday citizens, just passed on by the incident. They were presented with the same choice I was, and they chose to move on. We are called to NOT pass by. The story of The Good Samaritan points this out:
He went to him and bandaged his wounds…
Remember, the Samaritan was a pagan and Jesus said he was a better follower of God’s law than the priests and Levites who just walked on past the injured man.
Ok, JD, neat story, but what does this have to do with preparedness? I’m glad you asked, actually.
Our nation, and the greater Western world, is, whether we choose to admit it or not, is in a state of cold civil war. Forces of evil and globalism seek to destroy the fabric of our society and are willing to do so through force and force of arms. They are burning churches and counseling centers, political offices, and possibly even food/energy plants to the ground. They are attacking people on the street.
I mentioned earlier that I asked God to put me where I am needed, and explained that He did, numerous times. But as I was finishing TW-04 (YES, I FINISHED IT), I was researching the story of Gideon. Gideon complained that God hadn’t magically solved the situation they were in, which is remarkably similar to ours. Here is how He answered Gideon:
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.
Am I not sending you?”
Convicted, right? So many of us are waiting for the “Big white knight on a big white horse”, as my friend Don the Pleb puts it, to show up and push the “auto win” button, that we aren’t willing to do anything ourselves. This is the false hope that Patrick Henry warned us about.
Now, I realize that it’s not yet time to go do “kinetic” things and we’re afraid of the risk of arrest. No activity in life is free of risk, and if we don’t do SOMETHING, we might as well stop complaining about it and move to the pod, eat the bug, and become some variant of LGBT, because that’s eventual outcome of doing nothing. Waiting is no longer a viable option. Also, please don’t blow the hopium of the mid-terms in my direction.
There are concrete steps, short of kinetic action, that we can do to try and push back. I’m going to give you a short list of things you can (and should) do today.
The first is one I’ve harped on forever. Carry a first aid kit. There is no excuse not to be carrying trauma gear at the point. Mass shootings, bombings, and assaults are literally everywhere and getting worse. Carry an IFAK (www.solatac.com – PTK) everywhere you go. I carry an extra IFAK for treating others in my backpack and a larger, mass casualty kit (again, Solatac has one) in the back of my SUV. Carry SOMETHING. Don’t neglect a boo-boo kit for minor cuts and scrapes.
The second one is pretty vital. We are seeing vandalism and arson attacks on churches and counseling centers all over the country with the Roe v Wade decision, and they are only going to get worse as we near the midterm election. I encourage you to get out and protect your local churches by at least getting out and watching over them. If you see illegal activity, call your local law enforcement. There is nothing illegal about this and it needs to be done.
I encourage you to research your state laws about self-defense and citizen’s arrest. Not because I want you to arrest anyone, but because I want you to understand the legal protections that are actually on your side and the level of force the state allows you to use when someone is committing a felony in your presence. Arson is a felony. Aggravated assault, like we keep seeing, is a felony. Property destruction, with inflation, is almost always a felony. Understand also that prosecutors are setting aside self-defense laws at charging time, but if the Rittenhouse case taught us anything, it’s that in the end, the laws as written do indeed protect you in the long run. It is worth standing on principle.
If a police officer asks you what you are doing, explain yourself – “I am keeping watch over our local church” and SAY NOTHING ELSE. There is absolutely nothing at all illegal about that. Don’t let an officer tell you to “move along” because you are suspicious or “loitering”. Loitering means having no business in the area. Protecting community assets is business in the area. There is no law against “suspicious activity”. Make your own decisions, but these are valid legal concepts. Unless you are stopped for a motor vehicle violation or being detained for an articulable crime with probable cause, there is generally no requirement to provide identification.
On the flip side, if you aren’t willing to do at least these two things, or are too afraid that something bad will happen, you’ll get arrested, or you’ll lose your job, I ask you to do two things. First, don’t leave me a comment about all the reasons you can’t do these simple things. Second, please unsubscribe, and then unfollow me on Twitter.
We are at an inflection point. We can’t afford people who aren’t willing to do even these two, simple, LEGAL things, to push back a little against the forces of evil and resist the Marxist takeover. It really is an attack on our religious freedom.
…Be strong and courageous. Do no be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
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