On Saturday evening I spoke at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California and had a great conversation with one of my table companions, who’s name was Arthur. Here was a very successful business investor, but his face was downcast and his spirit was aching for his country. He confided in me his state of dejection for the direction in which America was heading, and the constant lies and deception emanating from the Obama administration. He felt hopeless in affecting a positive change for the Republic.
Arthur’s sentiments reminded me of the sermon my Pastor, Scott Eynon of Community Christian Church, delivered two weeks ago on Father’s Day, which was taken from the series “The Story.” It was Chapter 21: Rebuilding the Walls, the story of Nehemiah and the reconstruction of the Jerusalem wall. In many ways we must endeavor to rebuild the walls upon which our Constitutional Republic was established — since we have a president committed to “fundamentally transform” those walls.
Many of you — well, except for the liberal progressive socialists — ask what can be done, just as Arthur asked me Saturday night. Pastor Scott delivered the answer two weeks ago: be a difference maker. As Pastor Scott stated, “One person wholly devoted to a cause bigger than themselves is hard to resist. One difference maker can indeed change the world.” Of course for those who are Christians, we follow the life and example of the greatest difference maker, Jesus Christ.
However, there are those who seek to follow others they believe are difference makers, such as “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky, who dedicated his book to Lucifer. And many follow the precepts and concepts of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
The contrast is that one set of principles advocates the restoration of the wall representing individual liberty, courage, strength, and resolve and commitment to fundamental values. The others represent a tearing down of walls — the walls upon which the guardians of freedom stand watch to serve and protect.Therefore be a positive difference maker, a guardian, and not a negative difference maker, a radical. You can see the contrast in the manner of those who go forth joyously to rebuild the walls of freedom as opposed to the anger, vile and vitriolic manner of those radicals who seek to tear them down — read the comments section in any conservative posting if you need an example! Positive difference makers must be as persistent as the opposition and be as active. It means seeking out the means to communicate how to increase the numbers of those willing to rebuild the walls — and in case you haven’t realized, I’m talking about a figurative wall of liberty and freedom, not a physical one. The progressive socialists are the only ones who wish to build a physical wall, and it took a positive difference maker named Ronald Reagan to stand before that wall and issue his great command to tear down that wall.
That is the power of one positive difference maker. Unfortunately today, we are watching a negative difference maker seeking to rebuild the wall of separation and individual subjugation. We are witnessing the resurgence of the most dangerous ideology that follows one of history’s most negative difference makers — Muhammad — as followers seek to establish a brutal sharia-based Islamic state of totalitarianism and terror.
As I told Arthur, now is the time to gird ourselves with a rugged determination to make a stand and confront these clear and present dangers — not with dejection, depression, despair, and despondency — but with determination and dedication.
We must take our desire to restore freedom’s wall to the op-ed pages, into the social media sites, and to our elected representatives (albeit some of us are represented by some real chuckleheads).
We must let the voices of positive difference makers made known — there are more of us than there are of the others. We cannot go away quietly in the night. We cannot allow our future generations to not enjoy the greatness of America.
Be a positive difference maker and restore the “shining city upon the hill” because the negative difference makers are out there building the walls of the “city of no consequences.”