Have you ever read the story of Nehemiah? After the post-election detox, I’ve been thinking a lot about that story, and the frustration that Hoosiers all over the state of Indiana are feeling. I’ve been reading posts from a lot of angry Hoosiers about how the common core battle didn’t go the way they wanted. I’ve talked to many confused pastors about the unnecessary loss of the marriage battle and lawmakers distancing themselves from pro family values. Each time I see this, or hear of the restlessness of Hoosiers, I wonder out loud, “Imagine if every one of us followed Nehemiah’s building plan? Why reinvent a political wheel that doesn’t work? If we would have used his plan in 2014, twenty pro common core lawmakers would be looking for a new job and twenty lawmakers who voted against marriage would be sending a moving truck to the statehouse in Indy to move their things out with Ms. Kubacki and Ms. Heuer!
Let’s re-visit the story of Nehemiah.
This story gives us a beautiful set of instructions of how to get a job done and keep your eyes off shiny objects. Nehemiah was charged with the daunting task to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. A downright dangerous task. His blueprint was brilliant. He knew he had to unite the group of workers and keep them focused. After seeing the anger of Sanballat and his army, jeering and mocking him, he acted swiftly and employed the prayer warriors. (Don’t even try to do anything without them) Neh. 4:9 says “We prayed to our God, and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.” I can’t say this strongly enough…Build a prayer network around you! But don’t stop there. Nehemiah set up physical guards to guard the process day and night. He ignored the jeers of the opposition, kept his mind to the task, and was keenly aware of his surroundings at all times. The time came for him to announce the plan.
So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome,and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes. When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. And I said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and widely spread, and we are separated on the wall, far from one another. In the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.’” — Nehemiah 4:13-20
He divided the team. Each family worked on their portion of the wall. (my translation: their district, their town, their county, their state) They didn’t get stopped by shiny objects. (one day I’ll spill the campaign plan for you to see how it works deep inside a campaign structure) One neighbor didn’t go to the other side of the wall to help Bill. He worked on his portion of the wall.
Shiny Objects avoided… the wall was built!
Imagine if every conservative in America would take care of his or her own portion of the wall. The progressives couldn’t even get a toenail in! In the midst of a battle, it is essential that the leadership take a step back, and look at the battle plans; reassess, and renew. We can’t grow weary because we lost a couple of battles. Remember, the Progressives are ahead of us by over a decade. They have been patient. They have been waiting for this day. They have a collection of beautiful shiny objects to throw in our path!
For everyone who is complaining about common core and the marriage loss this year… did you take care of your portion of the wall? Did you put up primaries? Did you run? You can’t fix something if you offer no solution. Lawmakers don’t care about your grumbling…. they care about your action. They care about moving trucks.
When you decide to implement the plan and take care of your portion of the wall, it does not come without pain. You will be mocked, growled at, threatened physically, financially and spiritually. It is not an easy task. Believe me. I know first hand. Just remember step one of the plan. They did not implement it until it was surrounded with prayer and fasting.Think it can’t be done? Just ask district 22 and district 83 how they felt the night of May 6th, 2014. I was there. After a betrayal by a state rep, and hundreds of hours from a tireless team working on their section of the wall, I can tell you there is no better feeling in winning the battle for the soul of our nation. Right here on our wall. Right here in our district. I found this picture online, and it is a gentle reminder for me to keep pressing forward. It was taken about a week before the primary at the NRA convention in Indianapolis. Keep it in your minds as you take your position on your own wall.