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ARTICLE: Are You Hacking At The Branches Or Striking At The Root?

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Are You Hacking At The Branches Or Striking At The Root Of America's Problems? Your answer reveals your tactical focus and your combat effectiveness in this war for America’s heart and soul! American essayist, poet, and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) once said, "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil for everyone striking at the root..."

Although Henry's commentary on our human condition is over a hundred years old, we can still see its relevancy in America today. We have many well meaning and sincere people who launch initiatives, or focus energy, in areas that don’t actually attack the root causes of America's problems (our turning from God, His Word, and His Ways!); instead their aim is on the branches (symptoms instead of causes), and therefore they have little or no effect on the big picture.

In Florida, there is a plant known as "Brazilian Pepper". It is a bushy evergreen shrub, with compound leaves and shiny red berries that quickly reaches 30 feet tall, with a similar spread. Typically, it grows into multi-stemmed trunks, creating a tangled mass of arching and crossing branches... a nightmare of dense thickets to many a local resident. I know, because I have done personal battle with this weed!

As a gardener, I first learned to respect its adversarial role on my property, when with machete in hand, I began to hack off the branches that were encroaching on my lawn. The poison-ivy like rash I developed on my forearms, from its leaves and dripping sap, took longer to heal than it took the weed to grow its branches back! The lesson I learned was to destroy the roots on my next attempt, or I would be engaged in a never-ending struggle of futility.

The Creator God: Our Root

Jesus Christ spoke of the importance of the root to the health of the branches, when he said,

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:4-5)

The Battle Over Americas Moral Code: Secular-Humanism versus Christianity

Those who now seek to destroy America know exactly what they are doing! They are attacking at our roots, and at the Vine (Jesus Christ). Years of failure, at cutting off our branches only to have them grow back stronger and bigger, have taught our enemies to attack at the source (or root) of all our personal and national blessings (Almighty God). They have now infiltrated almost every area of our society and are very busy systematically eliminating every cultural reference to God as our Creator, Sustainer, Protector, Source of our unalienable rights, and as the Author of our blessed American History.

Some of our young adults today, ignorantly and arrogantly scoff at the notion of America being "One Nation Under God". But their foolishness is just proof we have fallen short in teaching our history and in following Biblical wisdom with our children: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

Years of maintaining a national debt and fiscal irresponsibility have also desensitized Americans to God's holy wisdom on personal and national finances. Indicative of our current mindset, President Obama quadruples our national debt during his first year in office, and relentlessly strives to crash our country's financial infrastructure. Yet most in America, still do not resolve to demand accountability.

As a den of thieves running amuck, many in Washington, D.C., seek to destroy our nation's wealth, our heritage, and our national sovereignty (Psalm 2:1-3); but you and I must also be held culpable and accountable before God, in this national sin, because we have forgotten His word: " The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender" (Proverbs 22:6).

Lessons learned by a teenager as they begin to balance a $200.00 checking account, are tragically lost on most in Congress, who spend and waste the people's money and our children's future along with it.

Those who seek to destroy and then rebuild America in their image, continue to plant their poisonous trees across this land; and our human-centered, feeble response is only a struggling attempt at cutting off the enemy's branches, while they attack us at our roots. We will lose this fight if we do not collectively change our tactics!

You Cannot Fix A Broken Christian Nation Without Jesus Christ and God’s Wisdom!

It is no coincidence that evolution is now taught in more public schools than is creation. Not many colleges post the following quote by the 26th President of the United States on their walls anymore:

"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education" - Theodore Roosevelt.

More employers now demand a secular college education, from their employees - in order to be promoted up the ranks, while negating the Wisdom of God imparted through a careful study of His Written Word.

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek (research) ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31-33).

More universities today purposely destroy the Christian faith of their students, than Christian Colleges can strengthen and save. With so many learning institutions dedicated to destroying the spiritual heritage of our great nation, it is no wonder so many children grow up today expecting that the government, wealth, or power will provide for them... instead of God, the Father of Lights!

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:1).

Our Founding Fathers established America as a Christian Nation, and Almighty God blessed America more than any other nation in the history of this world - precisely because of this!

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, property, and freedom of worship here” – Founding Father Patrick Henry.

We have allowed “homicidal maniacs” in our society (John 10:10), those bent on our national destruction, to cut at our roots, and the source of all of our national blessings. We are now withering, and if left unchecked, will eventually die! Look around you... Can you not see it for yourself? The leaves are curling, that branch is dead, we did not get any fruit on the tree this year. God's blessings on America are falling away like leaves dropping from a dying branch... AND IT CAN GET MUCH WORSE!

"If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned" (John 15:6).

Unless Jesus Christ grafts us back into the vine, we will wither and die, as a people and as a nation; regardless of which politician we elect, which party is in control of power, or how much gold or silver we have stockpiled.

If we are to stay favored as a nation, in the eyes of God; we must learn to discern between God’s way and the world’s way. We must choose to “Obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29-30).

We must learn to be more like our Founding Fathers, “We recognize no sovereign but God, and no king but King Jesus.” – John Adams.

We must learn to be more like the apostles, “These that have turned the world upside down and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, …saying that there is another King, one Jesus” (Acts 17:6-7).

We must learn to speak and act boldly as Jesus told us to:

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:12-13).

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye DO them” (Matthew 21: 12-17).

The unbelieving and the immoral minority in our country, and those of their ilk, who have gravitated to positions of leadership and power – while we have slept, are very troubled when they see God’s people called to action (Acts 17:8)! And for good reason too! Praise God!

The Solution to killing weeds is to attack at their roots!

Likewise the branches of the Body of Christ can only prosper and grow when they are connected to Jesus. If we stay close to God and to His Word, we will bear much fruit (John 15:4-5)! So “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with ALL thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10); then go sharpen your sword, and start hacking, and chopping, and make saw dust out of the roots of those who seek to destroy this nation – a nation God has built with our very own hands!

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

So How Can I Make A Difference?

- Get back on God’s side, because God is always on our side, and He wants only the very best for you and for all of America (John 10:10)!

- Inquire of the Lord what He would have you do for Him (James 1:5)!

- Pray and Study God’s Word to get direction (Proverbs 3:1-6)! We send out FREE weekly Bible Studies to anyone that simply asks. Now YOU can study The Bible wherever you are!

- Align yourself with likeminded individuals and groups. Even Jesus had a team of like precious faith (Matthew 10:1) to go into battle with!

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to see some of those God has empowered to again subdue the land, hack at the roots, Preach the Gospel of the Coming Kingdom of God, and exalt His Holy Name, through Jesus Christ!

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12)


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