We all remember the Alamo. In 1836, 187 men fought thousands of Mexicans and one brutal dictator. But how many of you know that the Alamo’s defenders died for a cause that wasn’t 100% righteous? The big thing was the Texicans wanted Texas to be free from Mexico. They also wanted Mexico to restore the rights of slaveholders because Mexico had outlawed slavery in their 1824 constitution. Santa Ana, the Mexican dictator, supported that constitution but then he disregarded it when he became dictator.
Some critics of the USA point out what they see as hypocrisy of the Texicans. Sometimes issues are not 100% moral or immoral. Like it or not, Hitler did some good things for Germany. He convinced a German car company to make a car that the common people could afford…a volkswagon (the people’s car). Satan always puts enough truth in with a lie to confuse us. Laws have unintended consequences. It doesn’t mean that the law isn’t good or that the dictator isn’t bad. It just means we live in a fallen world where we have to choose between two flawed ideas or candidates.
Since God has given us the freedom to choose our path in life, let us be faithfully diligent in seeking God’s wisdom (James 1:5) as to how to proceed (Proverbs 4:6,7 & James 3:17). Yes, sometimes there are unintended, harmful consequences to doing what is right. But this is better than doing what we know to be wrong.
As we look back on the Alamo, this is what we see. Overall, the Texicans had a great cause. Was it a perfect cause?…no way! But it freed the Texicans from the oppressive regime of Santa Ana. The Alamo defenders were brave. They risked their lives for a cause that was greater than themselves….the freedom of Texas. They gave their lives in pursuit of this freedom. And in God’s timing, freedom for all people, including slaves, came about in Texas.
There are some things that are black & white, that are just plain right or wrong. But there are many more things that are not so cut-and-dried. We should be seeking God in all of life’s decisions, but especially the ones that are not 100% of one thing or another.
Ideas have consequences. May we seek God’s wisdom and be faithful in perpetuating what our forefathers have purchased at so great a cost and for what God has blessed us with.
James 1:5…”If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask of God, who gives generously to all…”
Proverbs 4:6,7…”Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
James 3:17…”But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peac e-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
With you on the journey,