(Revised 1/18/2008) As the Ron Paul Revolution has continued to advance and grow, its opponents have redirected their focus. Unable to effectively counter the logic and facts of Ron Paul’s stated positions, they are now increasingly attacking his supporters in a blatant attempt to discredit their humble leader.
Labels such as mavericks, weirdos, freaks, trouble-makers, extremists, idiots, and/or zealots have been thrown at Ron Paul’s supporters… and usually with an obvious tone of hostility or disdain in their voice. Yet, as I look at the broad spectrum of Dr. Paul’s supporters, I see everything from highly educated people to quasi-educated, Liberal to Conservative, young to old, black to white, Christian to secular—Democrats, Republicans, Independents, business people, celebrities, media/authors/artists, other politicians, and even ministers. The diversity is both startling and wonderful.
Sure, there are some rather “fringe” elements in the mix. A few of them have even done some really stupid things. Perhaps that is what Dr. Paul’s opponents are trying to draw attention to, in a “judge a man’s character by those he associates with” type of approach. Nothing else is working for them, so I guess they might as well try this tactic.
Last night I pondered this issue, and thought beyond all the insults and the media’s silly attempts to marginalize Dr. Paul’s supporters. I began to see that there is something truly familiar looking about Ron Paul’s “revolutionaries…” something even biblical:
David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. (1 Samuel 22:1-2, NKVJ, emphasis added)
Ah! Here is one reason why the revolutionaries look so familiar. They look like the people who were attracted to the leadership of David, the son of Jesse… who eventually became the next king of Israel. A ridiculous and ‘motley’ group this must have appeared to those who wondered about this David ‘who would be king.’
Here is a man who was anointed to replace wicked Saul as king by the great prophet Samuel himself. Yet, he is hiding in caves with his relatives, and the many ‘rejects’ of that day’s society. These were people who where in various forms of distress due to the errant decisions made by the nation’s backslidden leader, King Saul. They were people who were in debt up to their eyeballs because of Israel’s struggling economy. These people were severely discontented with the direction their nation had gone as King Saul’s blatant nepotism and militarism threatened the nation’s future. (Does history repeat itself, or what?)
Yet, from among this ‘unlikely’ group arose a troop of “mighty men“—the likes of which the world had never before seen. Likewise, I expect there to arise in the mold of Ron Paul a new generation who will forge beyond even what their patriarch has done to date.
Oh yes, there is something very familiar about Ron Paul’s revolutionaries… something even Christ-like (with regard to the types of people Ron Paul sometimes attracts):
Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:10-13, NKJV, emphasis added)
Jesus attracted people of all types during His Own ministry here on the earth—including the “sick” people of society. There were prostitutes, lepers, and even dreaded “tax collectors” among those attracted to His message of hope, salvation, and deliverance (However, I’m not too sure how many of this last group of people Ron Paul’s revolution might attract).
Some of the people Jesus attracted to Himself both alarmed and disgusted His critics. Nevertheless, Yeshua Ha-Meshiach ben David (Hebrew for Jesus Christ, the Son of David) announced to the Pharisees of His day, even as Ron Paul does to the Pharisees of today, “I did not come to simply ‘hang out’ with those you call ‘sinners’ but to cure them! Something you were never willing to do yourselves.”
(And NO, I am not saying Ron Paul is Jesus. But I am saying that there are similarities regarding the people they each attracted to themselves, and in their desire to relieve the distresses of those people.)
Moreover, the very thing that Ron Paul is offering today within the political and economic spectra to “whomsoever will” embrace his message has a few similarities to what Jesus still offers today spiritually. (Of course, Jesus offers the most important things: salvation, forgiveness, and deliverance to those who are ravaged by sin and all the curse produced by sin in one’s life.)
Ron Paul’s policies of free markets, a humble ‘Golden-rule‘ foreign policy, and personal liberty, are actually biblical principles applied within the political and economic realms. No wonder the ‘disenfranchised’ of society are drawn to Dr. Paul as they have been similarly drawn to Jesus for 2,000 years—and the Pharisees of today hate it just as much as their ancestors did while Jesus walked the earth. (And for more on the Gospel itself, let me refer you to my article The REAL Gospel.)
Oh my, yes! There is something so familiar with Ron Paul’s revolutionaries…even something so Pauline (pun intended):
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29, NKJV)
The apostle Paul did not seem to be very complimentary to us Christians when he discussed our qualifications in the eyes of society. Sure, there are a few of us who might appear to today’s “elite” as if they had their act together. But, most of us look rather foolish in the eyes of the “wise guys” of this world. Yet, like Daniel did in his day, the Body of Christ has proven to be at least ten-times wiser overall than the world’s “magicians, astrologers, and wise men.”
Regardless of the many attempts by many governments to obliterate the Gospel (and those who preached it), it has spread farther and farther the more it has been attacked. As the ancient Christian leader, Tertullian, once said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” These foolish, ignoble, weak, base, and despised ‘nothings’ managed to spread the Gospel throughout the world in the face of persecution. Today we number about two billion people.
So, the “wise guys”of the world could not stop us Christians, no matter how hard they tried. Similarly, I do not believe they will overcome the Ron Paul revolution—at least they cannot to the degree that it is also based in truth. Yes, there is something so familiar about Ron Paul’s revolutionaries.
So, Dr. Ron Paul… carry on sir! Continue to hold high the banner of liberty, freedom, and prosperity in the face of all opposition and criticism. You are in good company, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, King David, the apostle Paul, and Christ’s many martyrs before you.
And please do not fret when your fellow candidates fail to fully embrace your honest policies, and when they mock you at the debates. This is their ‘lot’ in political life, for their true masters and globalist backers demand that they dance only to the ‘tune’ they play for them. Remember the words of Jesus Himself as he explained:
And the Lord said, “To what then shall I liken the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not weep.’
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by all her children.” (Luke 7:31-35, NKJV, emphasis added)
Dr. Paul, nothing will please them…so don’t even try. You have truth, and a growing ‘army’ of peaceful revolutionaries on your side. So, carry on sir!
Revolutionaries, you carry on too! Ignore the abuse, berating, and insults of those opposed to these timeless ideals. The self-serving agendas of such people dictate that they must treat you this way.
Nevertheless, be of good courage! Many who are now “oppressed, distressed, in debt, and discontented” will wake up and join your cause. Moreover, some who formerly opposed you will also repent of their error and fall in among your ranks. Throughout history many have, and this time will not be any different. Truth is on your side…and time always favors truth.
Yes, there is something very familiar about the Ron Paul revolutionaries. We can see their ancestors following David in his journey toward his eventual coronation as king. We can see their predecessors following Jesus in His earthly ministry—hanging on His every word of freedom and deliverance—as He eventually became their Savior through His death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection. We can even see their forefathers in the early Christians, who braved the persecution of their day and proved themselves “more than conquerers through Him Who loved them“—eventually becoming two billion strong today. Yes, there is something so familiar about Ron Paul’s supporters…
Of course, again, there are many credible and esteemed men and women among the “revolutionary” ranks. One look at Ron Paul’s endorsement page quickly reveals a large number of highly respected people who have joined the cause. Even legendary Conservatives Barry Goldwater, Jr. and Richard Viguerie have wholeheartedly supported Ron Paul.
Thus, not all the members of the Ron Paul revolution are “riff raff” in the eyes of the world. But those who are despised in their eyes should wear it like a badge of honor. Hold your head up high! Because you have a powerful procession of heroes who have displayed similar courage before you.
Epilogue: As I pondered this message again this morning upon awaking, I considered how to write about it even as I refreshed myself at the sink. Suddenly, I realized another ‘missing piece’ regarding why Ron Paul’s supporters look so familiar to me. There, looking back at me in my bathroom mirror, was a Ron Paul supporter—a particularly handsome one, who kindly greets me every waking day. 😉
Les Vies de Révolution!