How To Catch A Wild Pig
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was wrong that caused his suffering. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime. In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked:
“Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke.
“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn in the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. While we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
“One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free lunch and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself. If you see that all of this wonderful government ‘help’ is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, vote for the candidate who will end entitlements or else may God help you when the gate slams shut!”
America Could Use A Nehemiah
Pastor Michael Youssef has recently completely a series called, “Rebuilding Our Broken Walls.” In this series, Pastor Youssef describes what America needs to do at this time in our history.
Here are some things we might learn from Nehemiah. When Nehemiah mourned for Jerusalem, he prayed, fasted, and then went to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls.
The government and some of the citizens of Jerusalem tried to hinder and discourage him in all the same ways those who are seeking to save America today are being attacked. I suggest, as did Pastor Youssef, we need to follow Nehemiah’s example.
So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4
Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem…But when (they) heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king (in our case the establishment)?” So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build… Nehemiah 2:12, 19-29
But it so happened, when (…..) heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked …. Nehemiah 4:1
The first line of attack against Nehemiah was mocking and ridicule. This went on for a period of time. When it did not stop him, the enemy began to stir up the people against him.
…and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nehemiah 4:8
When confusion did not stop the work, some resorted to violence.
And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.” Nehemiah 4:11
Nehemiah, throughout this time continued to pray and seek God’s face and guidance.
The next step the enemy took was to stir up Nehemiah’s friends and family against the work.
For there were those who said, “We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live. Nehemiah 5:2
Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people. Nehemiah 5:19
After this, those who would stop the work sent to neighboring regions seeking to stir up opposition against Nehemiah and attempted to call Nehemiah to go into those regions for summits or conferences rather than continuing to work.
Nehemiah 6:12-14 gives the story of how Nehemiah resisted the mind bending attacks.
So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah 6:15
Nehemiah resisted every distraction and threat until:
Then it was, when the wall was built … I had hung the doors…Nehemiah 7:1
After this, Nehemiah began to restore houses and family ties within the city of Jerusalem.
I suggest we in American must act as Nehemiah acted. We must pray, discover God’s direction, and then refuse to be distracted until the nation is restored.