I was glad to receive your recent correspondence. It has been too long, as time is not the friend of older men, such as us. I affectionately recall those valiant days when men and women sacrificed for honor and country. The times captured us when each day brought news of change and danger. Those were difficult days, and I heard from others that not all was well there. Liberty is at stake, and from what I hear and confirm in your recent letter, it is being threatened. Stay steadfast, my dear friend. As it was in those days, it is true today. Remember the truth. As the beloved Apostle John commanded,
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him… The world is passing away, and also its lusts, but the one who does the will of God lives forever… I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie is of the truth” 1 Jn. 2:15;17;21
I recall with fondness those earlier days when we stood together. Those were turbulent times. Yet, we could always set our sights on the founding principles. They were our standard. Further, our leaders inspired us to stand by our convictions and truth! Although they were passionate, they were fully conscious of their responsibilities before their Lord. I suspect the Lord has those amongst you now. Remember Elijah, who complained he was the only remaining prophet of Israel. The Lord rebuked him, revealing that many had not bent the knee. As in those times, as is in ours, He will raise those men and women today who will lead – those who have not bent the knee or are in love with this world. Watch and see what the Lord will do. I do not doubt that although your body is older, the youthful passion for freedom and liberty flows through your veins. Despite your complaints to the contrary, He is stirring in your heart!
As you know, Christian leaders are inspired and lead by example. They risked, and in the face of adversity, they stood, and we stood with them. As I hear it told, such stalwart figures are absent, apart from you, my old friend. I also have learned that there is a distinct lack of leadership, but there is also deceit and denial in the face of danger and despair. Such things should not be, as you rightly know.
Be not dismayed, my old friend, the Lord Almighty has a purpose for such times. As the Apostle James declares, the testing of our faith develops perseverance; we should consider it pure joy. We know what that brings about. And, as you rightly stated, His plans are not thwarted by the machinations of men.
Remember, be patient. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness. His timing is right! He will rise men and women, and I suspect He has done so already. It is His timing.
Lastly, dear friend, be encouraged. Rejoice in the Lord always; again, rejoice. The wise of this world, who are wise in their own eyes, will be seen for what they are – lovers of this world. And we know His plans for those who love the world.
In warmest affections,
Adonijah Burton, Esq.