A QUIET REVOLUTION

(Post by: Madie Hobbs)

Prior to visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, I did not know much about the historical figure of James Madison. I knew, of course, he was our fourth president, and he wrote some of the federalist papers, but besides that, he was a mystery to me.  

The Colonial Williamsburg foundation puts on interesting shows for people who are visiting, which is explained briefly in my last blog post, and one of the figures my family and I were able to see was James Madison. When I tell you his presentation was wonderful, I use the word to its very fullest extent.  

He discussed in great detail his education, the great philosophers he learned from, the boarding school he attended, and the way these things shaped his entire life. He was a very quiet man, and not entirely sociable, which made him rather endearing to me, as I can relate with his personality.  

You would think, however, that possessing these qualities would not make him inclined towards politics, and he admitted as much in his presentation. He claimed that he was quiet, and sometimes harsh, and was not particularly interested in making a name for himself that would go down in history. This was another point on which I could relate with him.  

Over the course of my life, I wouldn’t say that I have been uninterested in making a mark that would be remembered in history, but much of my time has been spent behind the scenes, and I have been primarily content with this. I have lived in quiet solitude for most of my sixteen years of life, and I must say I have grown quite fond of it.  

Not many of you know this, but over the past year or so, I have taken up writing. I’ve worked on writing a few of my own novels and am hoping to possibly pursue a career in writing fiction. James Madison was also a passionate writer and spent a good deal of his presentation discussing this passion and how it was the reason he did such great things.  

He said one specific thing in his talk that I have committed to memory, and which has been an inspiration to me ever since I heard it. He spoke so eloquently of the revolution he was truly fighting as our nation became independent and called it a “paper revolution”. He spoke from the depths of his heart regarding the eternity of the written word, and how writing has the power to change all our lives.  

The one specific thing he said was this…  

“Is not the Revolution we find ourselves engaged in one that will outlive all of us? One where quiet people sit, in quiet moments, and with pen and paper quietly put forth ideas that thunder through the world. Is not this a Revolution worth dying for?”  

I’m sure this quote will not have quite as profound an impact on some of you as it did on me, but may I just say that these are some of the most beautiful, elegant, and radically inspiring words I have ever before heard.  

You see, at the end of his presentation, he left me with a desire to be a Founder in my own time. To be someone who quietly thunders through the pages of history and is ultimately a vessel the Lord uses to turn the tides of Good and Evil.  

That day, the Lord impressed upon my heart one simple thing: Sometimes, I call quiet people to do loud things, even when they don’t think they can. 

I know, dear reader, especially if you are quiet and deeply feeling like me, that may sound like the most difficult thing God could ever call you to do. It quite possibly sounds downright terrifying to some of us. But may I just encourage you today that what you do with your quietness could echo through the tides of history and make a profound impact on the Kingdom of Heaven.  

I truly believe the Lord does some of His best work in the people who utter as few words as possible. Who are perfectly content living in the shadows and assisting others in their climb to the stars. Who are equipped with humility and passion. We have seen God use these character descriptions over and over again throughout scripture.  

The primary thing that matters is what you choose to do with your quiet personality in your quiet moments.  

“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (I Peter 3:4 ESV).  

Do not allow your quiet personality to hinder you from doing the powerful things the Lord calls you to. But go on boldly, more boldly, in making your mark for the Kingdom of Heaven. Allow God to do His best work in you, and hand your passions over to Him, so they may be used to their fullest extent.  

This is how we begin a quiet Revolution.  

“If something burns your soul with passion and desire, it is your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence would be yet another dull book in the library of life.”
~ Charles Bukowski  

SO, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?

= What do you do with your quiet moments?

= How do you want to be remembered in history?

= What are you going to do differently?

A COMMON CAUSE

(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

This past week, my family and I packed our camper up and headed to Williamsburg, VA. Williamsburg was the very first place I fell in love with in a book, so when my parents asked what I wanted to do to celebrate graduating High School, I knew a family road trip was on the horizon.

If you’ve been around for some time, then you know where I (as well as my family) stand politically. We don’t do a very good job of keeping it a secret, ha! American history is undoubtedly a passion of mine, and as a young person/new college student, that passion is being tested and refined daily.

Prior to our trip to Williamsburg, I had been feeling very defeated when it comes to the ongoing fight for freedom that we find ourselves in today. For a couple years I had been hoping and dreaming about going to a particular Bible College I had researched and quite honestly thought was the perfect fit for me. I would be able to graduate debt free (a huge goal and conviction of mine), study online while continuing to do ministry here at The Few and receive the degree I felt the Lord leading me towards.

I was accepted earlier this year, and was beyond excited to begin my college adventure. My first semester began in August (of this year), and I was completely shocked, taken aback if you will, by the required reading material and foundational beliefs of the school.

Like many others, the school is woke. I am not exaggerating when I say this discovery was like one of my worst nightmares was taking place in real life. I am sure there are some that would think that is over-dramatic of me to say, and it’s fine if you are one of them.

However, the things they believe and are teaching their students was enough to make me leave the school. Now, why am I sharing this with you?

Young people all across America, in private schools and public ones, and on almost every college campus in between, are being taught to hold their country in contempt. We’re being told that our Nation’s past is full of nothing but darkness and hatred, and that we are all inherently racist.

This is exactly what I was being taught at a Bible College, and would have been taught for the next four years if I would have chosen to stay.

Hear me when I say there are very few things (abortion being one of them) that are more anti-Biblical than social justice and wokeness.

Many Christians are openly accepting the idea that we are inherently racist. However, to say this is also to say that it is a sin the blood of Christ could never wash away because it is inherent. Are we willing to believe that lie?

In order to make people hate America, you have to make America hate-able. This is exactly what the Left does day in and day out. Why is this their aim? Because America was founded upon Biblical principles that have guided us for the last 230+ years.

They know it is especially difficult to fight for a common cause when you don’t have a common identity.

This is why they constantly remind us of our failings in the past, such as the slave trade, Jim Crow, etc. It is completely intentional. They want us to believe that America is worth destroying, and one of the most important places they occupy and change minds is in the classroom.

Why else would we leave the borders open, allow cities to be burnt to the ground, and let evil people tear down our statues that stir up feelings of American exceptionalism as they very well should?

They refuse to acknowledge that we have overcome more than any other Nation in history, in such a condensed period of time.

Did you know we were one of the first countries to outlaw slavery, and not long after that we put our Navy ships on the shores of the Americas and the mid-Atlantic in order to capture slave ships. From 1820-1861 (41 years) over 100 suspected slave ships were caught. Unfortunately, anti-American revisionism forgets that America’s record of anti-slavery is exceptional compared to the rest of the world.

In fact, America was the first to elect an African American into office in 1641. The first British African elected in Great Britain was in 1987, and the first Russian African elected in Russia was 2010 (Wallbuilders).

We have forgotten that slavery, both globally and in America, was never simply white on black. Just as every people group has owned slaves, and prior to the 1700s, there were more white slaves globally than there were black slaves (America’s Exceptional History, 2020). We do people a great disservice by teaching them to hold their country in contempt and view it, as well as themselves, as racist.

It is saddening to me that many authors and leaders today are trying to convince Americans that being American is the problem. This is not to say that America does not have a past, or has messed things up in certain areas, but I firmly believe we should not allow people who believe we are the root of the problem wipe away our American culture that was built upon solid, Biblical principles.

Needless to say, our time in Williamsburg reminded me once again, how important our beloved America is. Whether we are young or old, let us learn our history, and be proud to bear the title, “American”.

“Our cause we leave to Heaven and our rifles.”  (The Hanover Resolves 1774)

References

America’s Exceptional History of Anti-Slavery. (2020, January 18). Retrieved on October 10, 2021, from