“Thank you for wearing that.”Submitted by JoshPocock on Mon, 04/30/2012 - 15:00
“Thank you for wearing that.”
As a married man with two children, the days of me putting great thought into what I am going to wear for the day have long left me. However, this past weekend I did take great pride in wearing my Ron Paul t-shirt. Now I have worn the shirt before to family outings, public places and even on vacation in Boston when my wife and I walked the Freedom Trail. But this past weekend was special.
I have the great honor of being a part of a committee that hosts an event every year where students all across the state of Ohio can come and compete in various events. All totaled, about 1,500 students and countless parents, volunteers and pastors – yes pastors – attend the event. See, this is a religious event full of the most devout evangelical Christians that you can find. And since the majority of my time is spent running around and conversing with students, I saw it as an opportunity to help educate the next generation – should they ask of course.
However, much to my surprise, I was stopped by more parents and pastors than I can remember. Some simply said thanks and some briefly chanted “President Paul”. But a great deal of them stopped with legitimate questions. One man in particular, a pastor of a fairly large church, stopped me to discuss two “issues” that he takes with Dr. Paul. His first was his desire to legalize marijuana. After a brief discussion where I explained the costs of the War on Drugs along with the ease at which I was able to purchase pot in high and the difficultly with purchasing alcohol (I wasn’t always a Christian), he quickly relented on this issue. I could tell that this was only a side point for him, and that his greatest hang up with The Good Doctor was coming next.
Then he said it. Those two words I had expected almost as soon as our conversation started. Foreign Policy.
I remained quiet and allowed him to explain himself. He had clearly heard it all before; everything from the civilian casualties in Iraq to the sovereignty and Constitutional issues with Pakistan and Libya. I let him speak for almost 5 minutes uninterrupted, and then he offered his closing line:
“Can you honestly say that after 911 we should have done nothing?”
I smiled as he finished, because he had set my response up perfectly. It gave me the opportunity to quote one of my favorite lines from We Who Dared to Say No to War:
“… and I cannot be persuaded, contrarily, that force is the answer to force, that hate is the antidote for hate, and that war will save the world from war. ‘For all they that take the sword,’ said a very wise man two thousand years ago, ‘shall perish with the sword,’ and according to my exegesis, ‘all’ means ‘all.’”
Once I finished the quote we both remained silent for a few moments and then I asked him, “Do you pastor, not believe in turning the other cheek?”
“Perhaps we should sit down together and study the scriptures where Christ promotes any violence or vengeance towards a fellow human being. I just need you to tell me what pages those scriptures can be found on.”
He simply smiled, and with watery eyes said, “Thank you for wearing that. Perhaps what we have once written off as ‘crazy’ is in reality the greatest example of humility ever displayed in modern politics.”
We shook hands and went our separate ways – him with a new found perspective to dwell on and me with a great deal of encouragement.
We are winning the battle for Liberty folks!! Let us give up our lives, our pride, our money, our time and our emotions in favor of this great message. Let us thank Ron Paul for curing the apathy of a generation and starting a fire that we will feed for generations to come. Let us teach our sons and daughters, our brother and sisters, and our fathers and mothers that Liberty above all else is vital. Let us remind Christians that God did not give men free will simply so that they can vote it away. Let us stay the course… united… inspired… and determined!!
Liberty or Death!