If there is, I don’t know where it is. There is on the other hand, passages of scripture, as well as other historical accounts, that seem to indicate that we are to stand firm on matters that might violate our conscience.
This is the fourth in a four part series where we will look at examples of standing firm – making a sacrificial decision in order to not violate our conscience. These are not stories, fables, legends or illustrations. All are well documented historical accounts. Two are from the bible and two are from military history.
Davey Crockett, James Bowie and William Travis were 3 of some 200 men defending the Alamo against a Mexican army numbering in the thousands. Their names are recognized to this day as American icons. Why?
Are they known as incredibly stupid? Are they known for ignoring their newly appointed Commander in Chief – Sam Houston – order to abandon the indefensible Alamo? Are they known for being losers? Were they pathetic victims? Were they known for their craftsmanship and skill?
They, together with their comrades, are known for their courage!
Not just known – remembered! To this day “Remember the Alamo” is the battle cry of many causes.
Here’s the deal. The Alamo was indefensible. In fact, the Texans had recently taken it from the Mexicans. Now the Mexicans were coming to take it back. There was plenty of time to abandon the make shift fortress. Remember the phrase “line in the sand”? That originated from Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis. Addressing his rag tag troops, he used his sword to draw a line in the sand and called upon them to cross it and muster on the other side only if they were willing to sacrifice their lives in battle. Perhaps it took as much courage to not cross the line as it did to cross it.
For the Texans it was a suicide mission. Although eccentric, Generalismo Santa Anna was a formidable leader – he thought he was Napoleon reincarnated. Thousands of well equipped Mexican soldiers were arrayed to retake the Alamo. He had offered surrender, but with the warning that no quarters would be given. That means no prisoners taken.
The rest is history. The Alamo fell – but only after 13 days of battle. Those 13 days cost Santa Anna 1600 men by some accounts. More importantly, it cost him 13 days. It was a victory that Santa Anna could ill afford. Those 13 days allowed Sam Houston to prepare the resistance, but perhaps even more importantly, “Remember the Alamo” inspired the Texans to fight on to victory.
What inspired the rag tag defenders of the Alamo? The strategic importance of holding that ground? Fear of Santa Anna? Fear for their lives?
None of the above. They gave their lives. Not in fear. Not in desperation. Not in incompetence. But in faith. Faith that the cause they fought for was more important than one battle – or even their own lives. Faith that their just cause would prevail in the end.
And it did!
Life will draw lines in the sand. There will be times when any decision you make will be problematic. Even not making a choice will be a choice – and perhaps a bad one. “The lesser of two evils” option will confront you. Those times will test your resolve. You will either act in fear, or in faith. When that time comes:
Remember the Alamo!
When faced with a decision that offers a choice between the lesser of two evils, is your decision going to be based on faith – or fear?
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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