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Choices – Hon. Christian Inkwell

Today, I received your correspondence in the post, delivered despite the burdensome rain. I wonder, as I watch the youngsters sprint up and down the lane, where the time has gone. My mind has great expectations, but my body lacks cooperation. Despite the weather and my aches, I was encouraged to receive word from you. I am delighted to hear you are well and as exuberant as ever. 

As I considered the wisdom of your pen, I was also reminded of the words of the great Apostle Paul,

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Col. 3:1-3

As I recounted to you in my last correspondence, my dear friend,  it is difficult to see the hand of God in these times. Injustice seems to rejoice in its constant victory. I am sure you have heard of the pugnacious acts against our old and trusted ally and the  frivolity in the conduct of our current administration. Our leaders spend their time bowing to the rule of earthly kings, while at the same time denying the one true Sovereign. Congress is drunk with its infatuation over the current executive, and whose constant delegation of its responsiblity in the face of the dangers facing the citizens, exhibits an arguably callous insensitivity.  Our leaders appear to lack a sense of shame in their conduct, at times even acting in ways that implicitly diminish the sacrifices of those who  paid for our freedoms with their lives.

The problem is a general lack of leadership and of Godly character in our leaders, a point you so eloquently elucidate in your letter. They have the audacity to act without fear of the Almighty.  As I provide this accounting, dear friend, I am reminded of the words of our former president General George Washington,

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

Such is evident  in the conduct of some of the members of Congress who purposely allow a precarious tip in the delicate balance of power, potentially destroying the very engines which have lifted them to their current positions.   It is a tragedy that I should have to witness such an event, but as you so eloquently pointed out, dear friend, the Lord Almighty is not slow in His promises. I recognize that despite appearances, I will strive to see what Elisha’s servant saw when surrounded by the world’s army. Not every knee has bowed to the king of this world.

These events, and many others we have not yet discussed, but some of which you are aware, has created an unrest in the hearts, not unlike what we felt many years ago as young men. Recall, my dear friend, how our hearts were stirred by the passion of our leaders.  Those leaders sparked a fire that spread further than any of us hoped or imagined. Such hope born on the shoulders of frustration and of righteous indignation was evident today. Today, I pray, will be a sign of the coming of the spring rain.

My dearest friend, beseech the Lord  on our behalf that we will receive His mercy and this land will again experience His blessings. May His cleansing fire spread, and may the healing rain follow.

In honest affection,

– Hon. Christian Inkwell

Dispatches – Adonijah Butler, Esq.

I was glad to receive your recent correspondence. It has been too long, as time is not the friend of old men, such as us. I affectionately recall those valiant days where men and women sacrificed for honor and country. All of us were captured in the times when each day brought news of change and danger. Those were perilous days, and I hear from others that not all is well there. Liberty is at stake, and from what I hear, and you confirm in your recent letter, it is being threatened from within. Stay true my dear friend. As it was in those days, it is true today. Remember the truth. As the beloved Apostle John commanded,

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him… The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. ..I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie is of the truth” 1 Jn. 2:15;17;21

I recall with fondness those earlier days where we stood together. Those were turbulent times. Yet, we could always set our sights on the founding principles. They were our standard. Further, our leaders inspired us to stand by our convictions and truth! Yes, although they were passionate they were fully cognizant of their responsibilities before their Lord. I suspect the Lord has those amongst you now. Remember Elijah, who complained he was the only remaining prophet of Israel. The Lord rebuked him revealing to him that many had not bent the knee.  As in those times, as is in ours, He will raise up those men and women today who will lead – those who have not bent the knee or are in love with this world. Watch and see what the Lord will do. I have no doubts, and although you body is older, the youthful passion for freedom and liberty flow through your veins. Despite your complaints to the contrary, He is stirring in your heart!

As you well know Christian, our leaders inspired and led by example. They risked, and in the face of adversity, they, we stood.  As I hear it told, there is an absence of such stalwart figures, apart from you my old friend. I also have learned not only is there a distinct lack of leadership, there is revelry in the face of danger and despair. Such things should not be, as you rightly know.

Be not dismayed, my old friend, the Lord Almighty has a purpose for such times.  We should consider it pure joy, as the Apostle James declares, the testing of our faith develops perseverance.  We know what that brings about.  And, as you rightly stated, His plans are not thwarted by the machinations of men.

Remember, be patient. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness.  His timing is right! He will rise up men and women, and I suspect He has done so already. It is His timing.

Lastly, dear friend, be encouraged. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.” The wise of this world, who are wise in their own eyes, will be seen for what they are – lovers of this world. And we know His plans for those who love the world.

In warmest affections,

Your friend,

Adonijah Burton, Esq.

The Word – Hon. Christian Inkwell

The Lord’s Day –

Supposedly a day of rest, but such was hard to find this day. Belligerents abound, and I have had word of naval blockades and of tyrants whose self-analysis of themselves astound. Diplomacy is not the strongest in the current administration, if I may so humbly assess. I would argue, as we did – maybe through youthful vigor more than seasoned wisdom – that surely His chosen people must defend themselves from belligerents. A  foreign county – or any country for that matter – has the sovereign right from Almighty to do so. Is this not what we ourselves fought to obtain and preserve for our posterity?

Is it any different, my friend, for other nations as it was for us in those days past. Do we not strive to maintain such today. Are such truths and rights of self-determination not for others as well as ourselves? Yet there are those who seek to rob others of their rights authored and granted by the Creator. James the Great indicated:

“What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and you do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do you no have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”  Ja. 4:1-3

My dear friend, what they want is not based on morality or truth. Is it not based on power and the insatiable desire to rob those who are free, and blessed by the Lord Almighty, their freedom and the blessings of liberty? They are envious of the Lord’s blessings and the status of His chosen people. Their lust for power is based of a deep-rooted and long-standing hatred – it is not borne out of love for one’s neighbor.

However, despite this country’s past allegiance and the evidence of the belligerency, the current administration is immobile, and I fear, such will be perceived as consent and an unwillingness to come to the aid of a long-time ally. It is a scandalous thing indeed when one cannot look to your friends and expect support when the winds of storm approach. It is a grave day when one turns its back on an ally – especially one who is the God’s chosen – can our great country, supposedly founded on our faith in the Lord Almighty, expect a blessing for such conduct?

Please pass my deepest regards for your family and hope they are doing well. My arthritis is working against me as is my mind – I cannot at times locate my spectacles despite having two pair.

I remain, your affectionate friend,

– Hon. Christian Inkwell

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