A Call to Christian Courage in Troubled Times

I read an article recently about the Department of Justice (DOJ) bringing charges against Dr. Eithan Haim of Texas. He’s the doctor who blew the whistle on Texas Children’s Hospital’s continuing to do transgender procedures on minor children despite the hospital system saying it would no longer do so. Apparently, Dr. Haim was charged with HIPAA violations. 

I read this article days after President Trump was found guilty of 34 counts of some crime I still don’t understand. It really upset me. The people attacking this doctor, his commitment to proper care, his integrity, and the truth of X and Y chromosomes care neither for children nor the law. They are not unlike the people who used the legal system to attack President Trump. 

As sad as this is, should I let such people undermine me in my mission to spread the Gospel? Should I let them diminish me as a husband and father by becoming a perpetually angry guy? Should I cease to fight back effectively as Jesus would have me do, speaking the Truth in love? Should I allow them to steal my joy and peace in Christ? I ask because I think these are relevant questions for all Christian Americans to consider as we witness the systematic destruction of our nation.

In truth, I struggle with these questions. To see progressives tearing apart everything good while bankrupting this nation in every way absolutely infuriates me. But should I let it get the best of me?

I know it’s not wrong to get angry. Jesus got angry at the money changers. The Bible doesn’t say you shouldn’t get angry, it simply says in Ephesians 4:26, “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Still, I don’t want to be angry. I want to be purposeful and resolved as I live out my faith. But it’s hard.

Daily, I talk to God in prayer about how I can be the man He wants me to be while not letting godless, destructive, and deluded pawns steal my joy and my opportunity for good. My efforts to seek His guidance and, in accordance with 2 Corinthians 10:5, to “take my thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ” inevitably lead to two conclusions. 

First, I always conclude that it’s foolish to let people who are lost determine the direction of my life. That is to give them victory over me. It’s like losing twice. Second, as a Christian, I know that God keeps all His promises and He has promised that in the battle between good and evil, we will be victorious. It’s in regard to this second realization, that we will be victorious, that I had a revelation. It came up this month as I thought about the D-Day landings of World War II on June 6th, 1944.

Like the American progressives who have hijacked our government, our justice system, and our medical system, the Nazis were a group of Jew-hating, truth-bending, law abusing, child-manipulating, delusional bullies. They encouraged attacks on Jews by spreading lies and they used the law to attack anyone who objected. In fact, Dachau, one of the first concentration camps, was initially built strictly for political prisoners. Sadly, like American progressives, they also targeted children. 

In some ways, their schemes weren’t nearly as diabolical as today’s progressive schemes. The Nazis formed the Hitler Youth and the League of German Girls as a means of inculcating German children into their systemic hatred and they made up laws about overcrowding to ostracize Jewish children from German schools. Today, children are given “gender affirming” drugs, they are castrated, they have their breasts cut off, and they have their tracheal cartilage shaved. What progressives and the Nazis will certainly have in common in the not-too-distant future is that in the end, both will have destroyed their countries. But that’s where we come in. If we so choose, we can be like the men of Normandy, taking our place in history as we fight in faith to turn the tide of evil.

I think all of this is indisputable as progressives have come out into the open in recent years. They taunt God at every turn. And that’s why we can’t allow them to steal even an ounce of our ability or desire to resist.

As I pondered all of this in light of the D-Day landings of June 6th, 1944, something else occurred to me. In my upset over Dr. Haim’s story, as I prayed, I realized that when the heroes of Normandy hit the beaches of France and faced Nazi artillery, tanks, mines, and machine guns, they did not know which way the war was going to go. Still, they were willing to lay down their lives in that fight between good and evil simply because good was good and the Nazis were evil. Things are easier for us today as Christians because we know that we will ultimately be victorious.

Think about it. As Christian Americans, if we could lay down our comfortable secular lives for five minutes and fight, and vote, and attend school board meetings, and petition our elected officials, and protest, and meet anger with kindness, and prioritize faith in our lives and in the lives of our children, at least we would know that whatever the sacrifice, it would be for the ultimate victory. The Bible assures us of this in 1 Corinthians 15:57-58; “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Unlike the brave men of Normandy, we can be certain that our sacrifices for Christian American values, however small by comparison, will be laid on the altar of victory. In that knowledge and that certain joy, all we have to do is put one faithful foot in front of the other on a daily basis. The question is, are we willing to do that?

My prayer in writing this is that as you reflect, you will experience the peace of God’s promise and the sense of purpose that it conveys. I hope that on a daily basis, like the men of Normandy, you will take heart, find a place for action, and fight valiantly. We cannot let the enemies of God shape us, steal our joy, or diminish our zeal for faith-based courageous action.

May this month remind us and encourage us as Christian Americans as we give honor each day to the sacrifice of those who defended the world from evil 80 years ago. 

God bless and semper fi.

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Colonel Richard Mendelow (Ret)

Colonel Richard Mendelow (Ret) is the host of "Courageous Christianity with Richard Mendelow," a radio show on 100.7 FM in Houston, Texas, livestreamed at KKHT.com, and podcasted on any podcast app. When he's not flying Boeing 777s for a major airline, He leads the Courageous Christianity Ministry which equips Christian warriors for the spiritual battlefield; helping men stand firm at the intersection of their faith and the secular world.