Trying hard to stay positive this Independence Day.
Happened to be reading Maccabees recently. 2 Maccabees especially emphasizes the divine nature and reality of come-from-behind upset victories. Good to remember. On a practical level, guys fighting on their home turf in defense of their wives, kids, and God fight a lot harder than mercenaries and bureaucrats.
Finally, after a lot of bloodshed, Simon, who saw his brothers Judas, Jonathan, Eleazar, and John all die for the cause:
He brought peace to the land,
and Israel was filled with great joy.
Every one sat under his vine and fig tree,
with no one to disturb them.1 Maccabees 14: 11-12
So, you know, it can happen.
Then, if I’m not careful, I’ll think of all the prayers said by, for example, the people during the Black Death, the Christians besieged in Constantinople in 1453, the people on ships lost at sea, and so on, a million times – these people were certainly not less deserving or sincere than we Americans. Yet they died in the disasters they prayed to be spared from.
I guess the take-away for this July 4th: the Maccabees prayed, then fought like hell. No guarantees, but a sound plan.