Faithful Must Set Our Faces Like Flint and Not be Ashamed
What do God-fearing Americans do in the face of the godless agenda of the Left that we see all around us?
It’s upon us: an agenda that threatens our constitutional, financial and familial security … an agenda that violates common sense and defies reality … an agenda that is now focused on indoctrinating our children, and … an agenda, as I fear will soon come to pass, that will lead to government-run schools kidnapping children from their parents, claiming that our kids are their kids to raise,. As California is already trying, they will seek to pass laws to physically remove children from their families … and perhaps place them in some kind of government-funded 24/7 “student housing” facility, as Rhode Island is already hinting it wants to do.
What do we do about this evil? It’s Holy Week, it’s Easter week, and today is Holy Monday … it’s time for our FAITH to be raised in each one of us. So what can we do?
First, we must turn to God, restore our faith, pray, and lead by Christ’s example. No violence, but stand peacefully, resolutely, and relentlessly against the evil we see everyday now in our world.
On the first Holy Monday, the morning after Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he was hungry. He had gone to Bethany the evening of Palm Sunday and Monday morning as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. He saw a fig tree on the side of the road, but found no figs – nothing on the fig tree but leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree at once withered and died.
Most fig trees produce their fruit before the leaves comes. If you see a fig tree with bountiful leaves, you’d also expect it to have ripened fruit. What looked like a fruit-bearing tree on the surface, in reality, was a non-productive, non fruit-bearing sham. Leaves without fruit, appearance without substance.
So the question for us, in our personal lives, is: are we so concerned about appearance, like that fig tree that merely looked good – by enabling those around us to live out their false and godless delusions – and thereby making ourselves look good to the woke left and the social media goons?
Or, are we to produce actual fruit – substance – by setting a Christ-like example and by challenging this evil everywhere we encounter it? By directly confronting these false notions, these destructive lifestyle decisions, these divisive teachings … and transforming ourselves into fruit-bearing examples of what children of God should be?
But be warned, if and when you do set your Christ-like or Godlike example, you will will be attacked, vilified, and digitally crucified by the cancel culture left. We must be ready for this.
Since I became CEO of the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, 12 years ago, I was warned that this is not a job for the meek and that I must be ready to “take the arrows in defense of freedom”.
Today, I give you a similar, if not more Biblical warning, if you truly want to become a fruit-bearing defender of liberty.
So, second, you must “Set your face like flint”. In Isaiah 50:4-11, he prophesizes the resolute nature of Jesus to face the cross and obtain the glory set before Him… FOR THE LORD GOD HELPS ME, THEREFORE, I AM NOT DISGRACED; THEREFORE, I HAVE SET MY FACE LIKE FLINT, AND I KNOW THAT I SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED.
Indeed … Take the arrows … expect the arrows, do not be discouraged … but hold firm in your beliefs – never be ashamed for standing for truth and for God’s true light.
In verse 7, Isaiah expresses his complete confidence in God, declaring that he will not shrink back from His mission, despite severe suffering, opposition, and humiliation: “Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame” (Isaiah 50:7).
Flint is a very hard, dark rock, often used in the bible to represent firmness rigidity, as in the firmness of horses’ hoofs (Isaiah 5:28), the toughness of an impossible task (Deuteronomy 8:15; Psalm 114:80), and the inflexibility of unwavering determination (Ezekiel 3:8–9) (https://www.gotquestions.org/face-like-flint.html)
Set your face like flint is the figure of speech the prophet used to describe the Messiah’s unwavering determination to persevere in the excruciating task set before Him. Christ would endure humiliation on His journey to the cross to die for our sins. Nearly 800 years before it happened, Isaiah foretold the suffering of the Lord’s Servant: “I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting” (Isaiah 50:6; cf. Matthew 26:67; 27:26; Mark 15:19; Luke 22:63).
Luke echoes this resolute image of Christ set on saving His people: “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51, ESV). In Jerusalem Jesus would face arrest, torture, and agonizing death. With trust in God the Father to help and defend Him before His enemies, Jesus set off firmly and unflinchingly committed to finish His mission. There would be no backing out, and no enemy or accuser could deter Him from accomplishing His purpose. He had set His face like flint.
The crosses we bear in our contemporary society are nothing like what Christ endured over 2000 years ago. But our commitment to our faith should be no less determined.
In the face of the false religions of climate change, transgenderism, identity politics, cancel culture, communist-style economic sacrifice, and yes, even satanism … we, too, must set our faces like flint and stand for what we know are our truths … Gods Truth … and challenge these godless false idols wherever and whenever we encounter them – not with malice or violence – but with stoic and unyielding resoluteness in proclaiming the truth and by shining the light of God into this dangerous darkness put upon us by the radical Left.
Do not fall for the ruse of being manipulated into expressing respect for THEIR beliefs by betraying YOUR own beliefs. Why should their delusions matter more than your dignity? Set your face like flint and stand for what you believe.
Don’t be a vapid, socially good-looking, but barren leaf … it’s time for each of us to stand firm – with faces set like flint – to become fruit-bearing, truth-wielding children of God.
Our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust” can only have real meaning in our society if, like Isaiah, we actually do place our trust in God.