Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
I had this post prepared as a stand-alone, but it seems a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s post on my Memorial Day summary of the kind of ship my father served on in World War II. His ship, the USS Ulvert M. Moore, was one of the “tin can” destroyer escorts sent to the South Pacific theater in 1944. I included an article on the so-called “little ships” along with a summary of my father’s service then, and some encouragement for us today.
On “the Navy’s scratch force of destroyers and destroyer escort carriers,” as writer Elise Cooper describes them in the article I cited yesterday, “Unbelievably […they] chased off the entire Japanese battle fleet, though at great cost.” They accomplished this to many people’s surprise for such small boats with no armor around the “tin can” exterior.
It occurred to me that each of us in our small theater of operations, so to speak, at home, work, or school, can also accomplish a lot both in the secular and spiritual realms in which we serve. Today’s post reflects this encouragement while also covering the formidable ideological enemy we face.
Although prophetically we may be at both a secular and spiritual “end of an age”; nevertheless, there is still some important “occupying” we can each do.
In the parable below where the “nobleman” is a type of the post-crucifixion, ascended Christ yet to return, Jesus commissions His followers–and us:
[Jesus] said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. (Luke 19:12-13, KJV)
On Our Commisions
1) Linked below is a radio broadcast from 5/25/18 produced by Olive Tree Ministries hosted by Jan Markell. The program is the second of a two-part series called “Endgame: The New World Order, Part 2”. Part 1 is linked here. Markell’s guest is filmmaker Curtis Bowers who speaks, in part, from his two-part DVD series “Agenda: Grinding America Down.”
Most of the interview concerns how communism* has been gradually infiltrating and influencing the United States for decades, in banking, government, education, even churches and seminaries primarily through “social justice” programs and certain controversial environmentalist causes such as Global Warming, now called Climate Change.
But it’s the final two anecdotes that will inspire and encourage you if you feel as if your part in the Great Commission is insignificant.
In the big scheme of things, no matter how brief or how small your part, every single believer’s participation is significant.
The Radio Program
On The KGB’s Long Plan
*2) For those who have not heard any lectures or interviews on the details of the, “long march” of communism through the institutions of this nation, I invite you listen to, “G. Edward Griffin’s shocking video interview, Soviet Subversion of the Free-World Press (1984), where he interviews ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov who decided to openly reveal KGB’s subversive tactics against western society as a whole.” (quoted from the YouTube summary, below).
Cultural Marxism is an insidious communist-inspired influence on politics and culture. This has now seeped into the cultural mainstream of Western society, becoming thoroughly ingrained.
Agreed. As an educator recently retired after 35 years, I saw a lot of the “gradual seeping” of Cultural Marxism in the schools–among most of the faculty and staff, not to mention textbooks.
At first, years ago, we could all, both political sides, discuss and debate various aspects and issues. Respectfully.
However, by the time of my retirement, the end of last year, if you were a constitutional conservative, add, a Christian, you pretty much had to find the (few) others of like mind before discussing anything of a political nature, as the vitriol of a number of the radical-left (more specifically, radicalized left), even among grown professionals, had ramped up considerably.
In higher education.
Where we (still) teach things like irony and critical thinking.
Add to that, we had grown to be very careful in the classroom as more blatant and discriminatory anti-conservative, pro-radical-left sentiments had done their “long march” through the education and minds of many students now come of college age, and the challenges had become more significant.
At least among the loud and activist few. Most students are still there to get a (real) education, pass their classes, and get on with life.
As a believer, though, prayer for wisdom and guidance helped.
Many, many times.
After all, there’s always a way to get “the message” across without using words offensive to those easily offended by non-PC, hive-mind words, because God’s Word is not bound. (2 Timothy 2:9).
And there are myriad ways to get it across.