Sunday, December 5, 2010

ATM Sunday Message for December 5, 2010

Confederate Christians and fellow Compatriots:
Below is my message for Sunday, December 5th.  Please feel free to forward or reply.  Your comments are always welcome.  This message may also be used in camp or other newsletters.
May our Lord bless you all in your Christian service and in service to our most honorable Confederation.

Bro. Len Patterson, Th.D
Chaplain, Army of Trans-Mississippi
Member, Chaplain's Corps Committee
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Ravening Wolves and Rattlesnakes!

Even a casual reading of the eleventh chapter of Hebrews would be sufficient to explain why it is called the "Faith Chapter." It speaks of the abiding faith of God's leaders and prophets in the Old Testament. It tells us in verses 35 and 36 that these Old Testament Saints were tortured, mocked, scourged, bound, and imprisoned. The following verse goes on to say, "They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented."

New Testament Christians have experienced the same treatment over the past two thousand years. They have been mocked, imprisoned, tortured, and killed, for no other reason than their faith, by those who are no better than ravening wolves or rattlesnakes.

It seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Men of lesser character will persecute and attempt to destroy (at least their reputation if not their life) those who take the moral high ground and proclaim the truth. Consider our own Confederation and Confederate Cause. There's a Black History month, a Hispanic Heritage month, Cinco de Mayo, Juneteenth, Muslim holidays, and Chinese New Year. But if we attempt to set aside even a day to celebrate our Southern heritage, we are belittled, debased, and denied. Our Southern rights are opposed by those who are not only willfully ignorant, brainwashed, bigoted and filled with hate, but are determined to destroy our proud Southern heritage and all that it represents.

Consider Union President Lincoln. He stated plainly that Black people should not be considered equal to White people. On the other hand, Confederate President Davis adopted a Black boy to be his son. Consider Union General Grant. He (or his wife) owned slaves, and continued to own them until after the war. On the other hand, Confederate General Lee was morally opposed to slavery and did not own slaves. Consider Union General Sherman. He at least condoned, if not encouraged, brutality against civilians, including Black men and women. On the other hand, Confederate General Jackson started a school for black children so they could learn to read and write. So who are the bigots? Who are the racists? Who are those who willingly degrade the character and reputation of honorable men to further their own self serving agenda? Who are the ravening wolves and rattlesnakes?

Our Confederate forefathers, from generals to privates fought for truth. Our Southern heritage and traditions represent truth . The Sons of Confederate Veterans continue to carry the banner of truth. And, those who have put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ follow truth. And, although you can't debate a ravening wolf or reason with a rattlesnake, truth will prevail.

May God bless us in our service to Him and our just and most worthy cause, and help us in our struggle against the pernicious efforts of ravening wolves and rattlesnakes.

Brother Len Patterson, Th.D.
                                  Chaplain, Army of Trans-Mississippi

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