The secular assault against godly standards in this country has greatly intensified, of late. The legal issuance of same-sex marriage licenses is scheduled to begin on June 17 in California. Recent prohibitive measures against homeschoolers in that Sate have been stalled, but not yet reversed. Meanwhile, the District of Columbia is currently attempting to gain control over the choice of curriculum for its homeschoolers, which would effectively usurp parental authority. Today, in New York State, Governor Patterson has activated an executive order authorizing all state agencies to recognize the marriage licenses of gay couples (and related benefits), married in either Massachusetts or Canada. Any official who resists will be accused of a human rights violation. For those of you who have watched The Two Towers, or better yet, read the novel by J. R. Tolkien, recall the assualt upon Helm's Deep. Once the seemingly impenentrable, outer wall was breached, the heroic defenders necessarily had to retreat to the inner defenses. Only the arrival of Gandalf and reinforcements saved the day. My dear friends, whether it is the economy, climatic devastation, or societal decay, the outer wall could soon be breached. The question of what course of action to follow, has weighed heavily upon my heart. It is a question that each of us can no longer forestall, though God's direction might vary given our personal situations. The Lord has asked me to join him at the front lines. I can no longer make occasional sorties and retreat to the safety of familiar ground. The prospect of hand-to-hand combat is very sobering, but for the sake of my children and their generation, I am compelled to advance. The world they are growing up in, is vastly different from that of my childhood 50 years ago. It cannot be reclaimed, now, unless the Lord directly intervenes. The Truth never alters, however, and must be upheld. Until today, I was at peace awaiting the unveiling of the secrets and making an earnest stand, now and then. But, God has asked me to station myself on the outer wall and pour out my life in confronting the onslaught. This may sound like either noble or highfalutin stuff. It is neither. It is simply obedience, nothing more, nothing less. The steps I must take are only now becoming clear. All I know is that this particular soldier must be unrelenting with no hesitation. There will be very little rest. Pray for me. I'm scared. 2Cor 10: 3-5 For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ! BTW, I prayed for you all today. Safe in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!