“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27.
In July of 1932, 20,000 World War I veterans gathered in Washington DC to demand the immediate payment of delayed bonuses from their service during the Great War. These veterans set up a community of tents and huts in two locations in our nation’s capital, the first in a location on Pennsylvania Avenue to the east of the Capitol, and the second in an open space on the southeast side of the river at a place called Anacostia Flats.
On July 28th, 1932, General Douglas MacArthur accompanied by Major Dwight D. Eisenhower and Major George C. Patton assembled military forces to move against these veterans who were not much different than themselves in order to remove them from our nation’s capital. They did so with great violence and strife. Soldiers on horseback and armed with sabers stabbed those in their way. Infantry forces armed with tear gas and torches dispersed the crowd and burned their lodgings to the ground. Tanks rolled against these unarmed veterans, crushing their remaining huts and shacks. It was a military rout, with current military members dismantling and destroying those heroes who had fought so valiantly only a generation before. It was a dark day for America when there were plenty of real enemies that should have been the focus of our forces.
Far too often, Christians move against other Christians who aren’t much different than themselves, sometimes with great violence and strife. We metaphorically stab those in our way. We disperse the crowds and burn their lodgings to the ground. Our tanks roll against our unarmed veterans, crushing them. Each time this happens, it is a dark day for the cause of Christ when there are plenty of real enemies that should be the focus of our forces.
PLEASE PRAY FOR UNITY AMONG BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA IN ORDER TO PROPERLY OPPOSE OUR REAL ADVERSARY. We must strive together for the faith of the gospel!
*Republished, with the author's permission, from the PLUS website.