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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 03:41:24 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

The Trail of Tears (2)
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

The tragic story of the displacement of Cherokees to
satisfy the insatiable land hunger of the early
settlers provides a wealth of lessons for our own
times.

The Cherokees were largely a peaceful people. They
followed a path that provides a spiritual application
for the Lord's church. While our situation is
different, the paths of the Cherokees do prove
illuminating.

Humanity has always possessed a fear of those who are
different. Untold numbers of people have lost their
lives for having a different color skin or culture. It
is all the more heartbreaking when the two cultures
blend, and it has no effect on the outcome.

   "During the early 1800s, the Cherokee
   adopted their government to a written
   constitution. They established their own
   courts and schools, and achieved a standard
   of living that was the envy of their white
   neighbors. Particularly noteworthy was the
   invention of written language by Sequoyah
   (George Gist) in 1821. Utilizing an
   ingenious alphabet of 86 characters, almost
   the entire Cherokee Nation became literate
   within a few years. A Cherokee newspaper,
   the Phoenix, began publication in the native
   language in February 1828. Prominent
   Cherokees are too numerous to list but
   include Senator Robert Owen and Will Rogers.
   Despite all they have endured, the Cherokee
   level of education and living standard ranks
   among the highest of all Native American
   tribes."/1

White settlers, for the most part, despised the
Cherokees because they were different. Yet, they became
just like the White settlers, and the Cherokees
nonetheless found themselves on the Trail of Tears.

Christians need to hear this lesson. We think that if
we become increasingly worldly, the world will no
longer mock us and we will stop being perpetual punch
lines.

The Cherokees should force us to awaken from our stupor
and realize that this is a gold-plated lie of Satan.
Becoming increasingly worldly only benefits Satan and
diminishes our spiritual influence in the world. With
the light of the Lord extinguished, his message cannot
pierce the darkness.

A professor of a Christian college recently defended
profanity on his website and claims that Christians
should embrace the practice.

Christians walk around almost as immodest as the world
and I fear that the attitudes of many in the church
about fornication are loosening. We can easily say that
the overall moral condition of God's people is changing
for the worse.

Remember, when the world moves away from God and we
follow, we are also moving farther away from the Lord.

Rationalizations turn to 1 Corinthians 9:19-20, where
Paul indicated that we should become all things to all
men. He was discussing Jews and Gentiles and spiritual
matters. He did not mean that we should be as sinful as
the world in order to win the world!

If we will be sanctified (Ephesians 4:1,17-19), we
will become lights to the world (Matthew 5:14-16; John
8:12), rather than being sullied by the filth of
darkness (1 John 1:5). Assuredly, Satan will be happy
to take our hand and pull us further from our Father.

Ultimately, the Cherokees were victims of gravity. The
settlers were going to take their land, no matter what
happened. Likewise, Satan will keep attacking us, no
matter what we do. By joining the darkness, we simply
give in to his lies and bring glory to the Devil (John
8:44).

Satan is the ultimate liar and far too many are
succumbing to his monumental lie. There is a vast
difference in going and pulling sinners from the flames
of sin and setting ourselves on fire!
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1/ http://tolatsga.org/Cherokee1.html

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