Rise Up, O Men of God
This quote by Edmund Burke is done in Classic Roman with the first letter in Lombardic. The title of the hymn is done in Uncial, and the Scriptures about being strong in the Lord and being called for such a time as this, are in an informal handwriting. The colors are in red, white, and blue to stand for the United States of America, and show the need for men to stand for the Lord in our day of departure from Him. If we do "nothing", which is just outlined to represent no substance or action, the dark "evil" will triumph.
Abraham Hamilton, III made this comment about light versus darkness:
"Our Lord also said His church was to be the light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14). Interestingly, light is an affirmative force. Darkness is passive. Darkness is nothing more than the absence of light. It has no choice but to scatter at light’s first entrance. Don’t believe me? Let’s do a little experiment. Imagine a movie theater with nothing on the screen and no exit signs or floor lights. All of the doors to the theater are closed. Now, turn on your cell phone flashlight. What happens to the darkness? The light cuts through it. What do you think would happen if your light is held up in the back row, or pinnacle, of that room? It would give light to the whole room. Conversely, what happens during a solar eclipse? The moon completely interrupts the sun’s line to the earth. But, is it completely dark on earth during a solar eclipse? No. That is because darkness cannot overwhelm light. It only occupies the space light vacates.
Story Behind the Art
I have been given a Godly heritage. My father has served faithfully as a leader in the two churches we attended as I grew up. He was a captain in the Air Force and gave talks on the dangers of Communism. The only hope for America is for individuals to repent of their sin, accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and then pass the Good News on to others. May we each uphold our country before the Lord in prayer as we are instructed in I Timothy 2:1-6. Please join me in praying for our country and in broadcasting the Good News of Jesus Christ.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
RISE UP, O MEN OF GOD (from the hymn by William Merrill)
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
I Corinthians 16:13
Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?