Reading:  Deuteronomy 28:52
They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the Lordyour God is giving you.


In ancient China, the people wanted security from the barbaric tribes to the north; so they built the great Chinese wall. They took great pride in their massive fortress. It was so high they knew that no one could climb over it. They built it so thick that nothing could break it down.

Content with their handiwork, they settled in to enjoy their hard-won security and raise their children in peace. During the next one hundred years China was invaded three times. The wall was never successfully climbed or breached. The barbarians simply bribed the gatekeepers and marched through opened gates. The Chinese were so secure behind their walls of stone that they forgot to teach integrity to their children. I see a tragic parallel in America.

We have built a nation great and strong. It is unlikely that American soil will ever be forfeited through war, but the American soul has been lost to succeeding generations of negligent gatekeepers. We can no longer sing “Faith of our fathers living still” with a straight face. The Great Wall of China speaks a message across the centuries: Beware of misplaced confidence. He who guards the gate is greater than he who builds the wall.


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