by Pastor Mark Downey
Let me begin by recollecting a scene from the movie, "Patton", in which George C. Scott reenacts the encounter General Patton has with a soldier at a field hospital. The General is honoring his wounded men until he comes to this one guy shaking like a leaf and he asks a nurse, "What's wrong with the man?" She said something like, "Oh, sir, he's suffering from the emotional stress of the battlefield." At that point, Patton takes off his gloves and starts smacking the soldier in the face, calling him a coward; telling him there's nothing wrong with him and running him out of that hospital where other soldiers were bleeding, bandaged and dying on their deathbeds.
Do you think Patton understood the implications of cowardice among his troops if gone unchecked? For one thing, you're not going to win a war, if your men lose the will to fight. By the same token, do you think our God understands the ramifications of a coward in and among His people, Israel? When the Lord declares in Jeremiah 51:20 that our race is His battle axe and weapons of war, the thought of a coward doesn't even enter the picture. In fact, the word coward is not even in the Bible, although, as we'll see, there are cases of cowardice. God's Word is more focused on the godliness of victory and the means in which to achieve it than having a preoccupation with defeat.
I'm going to show you why the politics of surrender is ungodly and what constitutes the ungodliness of being a coward. But first, let's define the word coward. From the early European languages there were variations of spelling, supposed to be from French root words coart, couhard and culum vertere, meaning 'to turn the tail'. The term found its way into heraldry when a lion's tail doubled between his legs. So you can probably see the modern cliché of 'putting his tail between his legs' has a direct inference to a coward. We see the body language in dogs and other animals.
We can best identify a coward by saying this: a coward is a person who is bankrupt of courage when confronted with danger; a fear of exposing one's self to injury, pain or loss. I came across a synonym for coward. How many of you have ever heard the word poltroon (paul-trune')? It means a spiritless coward, craven, characterized by complete cowardice. Did you pick up on the word spiritless? Without spirit, we're dead. If we're spiritually dead, how can there be godliness? What is godliness? It is conforming to the will of God. It's our divine nature, the breath of life made in the image of God to take dominion of the earth. I know that's no small order from our Commander in Chief. We've been trying for thousands of years. But there are things out there in the world that quench or extinguish our battle axe spirit, and the Israel race of God finds an easier and softer way of life in man's law and man's will.
I believe there is a connection between a coward and ungodliness. Psalms 73:12 tells us who they are: "Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world, they increase in riches." This is not knocking the prosperity of godly Christian economics, but rather chastising the love of mammon and all the ungodly wars of Babylon. Who is the coward in Mt. 10:39, "He that findeth his life" for filthy lucre sake, or "he that loseth his life for my sake" for Jesus Christ? The Bible suggests those who will not die or kill for what is right and wrong, will themselves lose their own life. "The way of the ungodly shall perish" (Ps. 1:6). "Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes, God condemned them with a catastrophe, setting an example to men intending to be ungodly" (II Peter 2:6). Do you suppose the godly battle axe was designed to destroy the ungodly cowards among us? The book of Jude talks about the apostasy of the church and a time when people just don't give a damn about anything except their own gain. And verse 4 says "for there are certain men crept in unawares (cowards), those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men who turned the grace of our God into unbridled lust."
What better illustration of this than the criminal policy of the Catholic church, to hide and cover up their perverted predator priesthood before the world. Their cowardly fear of exposure couldn't be much more blatant. Verse 8 of Jude continues "Likewise, these of a perverted imagination mongrelize our race, despise dominion (or reject authority) and speak evil of dignities." This is the mindless politically correct cowards of corporations and a godless government of greed who call good evil and evil good. The Bush cartel is a family of cowards, rich ones at that! George Sr. flew one of those WWII planes with a glass bubble on the underside of the fuselage for a machine gun and twice he crash landed this type of plane, killing the gunners. 'A fear of exposing one's self to injury, pain or loss'. These sorry excuses for manhood are going to get a visitation: Verse 14 "behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints" to execute judgment upon all to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds"; verse 16 "these are murmurers, complainers, leading lives according to their lusts, they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage"; verse 19 "these are the ones who cause divisions, being animal-like, not having the Spirit." Do you recall earlier, the word poltroon means spiritless coward?
Have you noticed in the news lately how the antichrist jews are armed to the teeth with super heavy tanks, behemoth bulldozers, state of the art bullet proof vests and body armor and high tech weapons used to kill innocent Palestinian civilians? Their cohorts in the media put the spin on this war against terrorism. There is mounting evidence that 9-11 implicates jewish complicity, not Arabs. There is an atmosphere of cowardly motivations, not only from the perpetrators, but also from the same American public that has paid taxes to the unconstitutional jewish controlled IRS that returns the jewish investment of bribing Congress with the lion's share of foreign aid. This is not the lion of Judah, but the lion whose tail is doubled between its legs.
The rhetoric from jews and Catholics and any other political/religious bully is the vile murmurings of cowards who despise decency and godly authority and speak evil of dignities. They exert a false authority becoming adversarial to scripture, because they have committed themselves to a point of no return in contradistinction to the biblical delegation of authority. A coward is not just a soldier shaking like a leaf because he fears death. There is a much more elevated coward in positions of authority who are entirely dependent upon the worst of man's sin nature, such as fear, resentments, intimidation, greed etc. It is not a fictional Satan that manipulates and deceives us. It is real life adversaries of God which bring the misery and despair so that they may live in comfort at our expense. Well, let me tell you something. The IRS is not going to last forever and neither will the midget cowards on a lesser scale. And it's for this reason, and this reason alone, that God is not mocked.
The day we accept no substitute for the government of Jesus Christ is the day we become the head and not the tail. The enemies of God will always be the tail, i.e. the real cowards, as long as we do not assert godly authority. It is not in our blood to ignore, surrender or compromise the Laws of God. God never meant for us to be a race of wimps and pusillanimous cowards. There are those elements that would emasculate our men and reduce them to chattel. But that kind of timid man, lacking resolve, is contemptible to the God of our fathers. "Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for your work shall be reward" II Chron 15:7. So, men and brethren, what shall we do?
I refer you to II Tim 2:16, "shun profane and vain babblings, for it will lead to further ungodliness, like a cancer of sophistry." Shunning is an old Klan practice of deliberately avoiding someone. Profane is the opposite of holy. Holy means pure, so profane would be impure, mixed or adulterated. Vain babblings comprise the worthless talk or a fruitless writing aimed at undermining God's Word. The lesson here, is that a coward will not avoid the trappings of deviant aberrations of Christian theology. A coward will willingly confuse good for evil, thinking the yoke of God is too heavy. Everyone doing what seemeth right in their own eyes is a cowardly perspective. Cowardice is the anarchy of ideas in order to maintain a position of authority in the midst of chaos.
I say again, from last week's sermon, that we gain our countenance of peace in the midst of chaos by learning to trust God. Cowards do not trust God. A coward will put 'in God we trust' on our coins and then debauch our economy with usury. A minister will talk, talk, talk about faith (but it doesn't mean anything) until he dares to do something regardless of the consequences. You see, talk is cheap for the coward. It is far more convenient to use innuendo than evidence. The coward will cry 'please don't confuse me with the facts' and then takes the facts and confuses you. There's a lot of talk these days about heros, much of which is misplaced and confusing, especially since 9-11. I'm going to continue this theme, 'The Ungodliness of Being a Coward' by clarifying more biblical examples as it pertains to the triumph of our racial will to be more than conquerors through Him who loved us.