I was glad to receive your recent correspondence. It has been too long, as time is not the friend of old men, such as us. I affectionately recall those valiant days where men and women sacrificed for honor and country. All of us were captured in the times when each day brought news of change and danger. Those were perilous days, and I hear from others that not all is well there. Liberty is at stake, and from what I hear, and you confirm in your recent letter, it is being threatened from within. Stay true my dear friend. As it was in those days, it is true today. Remember the truth. As the beloved Apostle John commanded,
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him… The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. ..I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie is of the truth” 1 Jn. 2:15;17;21
I recall with fondness those earlier days where we stood together. Those were turbulent times. Yet, we could always set our sights on the founding principles. They were our standard. Further, our leaders inspired us to stand by our convictions and truth! Yes, although they were passionate they were fully cognizant of their responsibilities before their Lord. I suspect the Lord has those amongst you now. Remember Elijah, who complained he was the only remaining prophet of Israel. The Lord rebuked him revealing to him that many had not bent the knee. As in those times, as was in ours, He will raise up those men and women today who will lead – those who have not bent the knee or are in love with this world. Watch and see what the Lord will do. I have no doubts, and although you body is older, the youthful passion for freedom and liberty flow through your veins. Despite your complaints to the contrary, He is stirring in your heart!
As you well know Christian, our leaders inspired and led by example. They risked, and in the face of adversity, they, we stood. As I hear it told, there is an absence of such stalwart figures, apart from you my old friend. I also have learned not only is there a distinct lack of leadership, there is revelry in the face of danger and despair. Such things should not be, as you rightly know.
Be not dismayed, my old friend, the Lord Almighty has a purpose for such times. We should consider it pure joy, as the Apostle James declares, the testing of our faith develops perseverance. We know what that brings about. And, as you rightly stated, His plans are not thwarted by the machinations of men.
Remember, be patient. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness. His timing is right! He will rise up men and women, and I suspect He has done so already. It is His timing.
Lastly, dear friend, be encouraged. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.” The wise of this world, who are wise in their own eyes, will be seen for what they are – lovers of this world. And we know His plans for those who love the world.
In warmest affections,
Adonijah Burton, Esq.