Oh Say Can You See…?
A Fox News article by Jane Hampton Cook retells the story of the
writing of The Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, by Francis
Scott Key on the bi-centennial of that event.
She writes “When sight becomes a gift of beauty and hope, it is called
Key had boarded a British ship to secure the release of a prisoner of
war. While the British agreed to release the man Key found himself
temporarily a captive of the British. Seems the two men who would be
released had seen and heard too much relating to the pending attack on
Baltimore so they could not be freed until the battle was over.
I’m told the siege raged on for 25 hours, all day and through the
night, but when the dawn broke and the bombs quit falling and rockets
quit firing there stood the fort. You can imagine the feelings that
must have overwhelmed Francis Scott Key when, through the mist and the
smoke, he witnessed a huge 30x42 foot flag rising to the top of the
pole. Baltimore was safe and America was still free and Key, who had
witnessed it all from behind enemy lines, would go on to write one of
the most time tested patriotic songs ever written.
This stirring account reminded me that in the battle of good vs. evil
we are behind enemy lines. In the spiritual battle for the release of
men from their sin Jesus went behind enemy lines. This world belongs
to the enemy and consequently we must witness all the plans for
attacking God first hand. From the destruction of innocent civilians
in the act of abortions to the beheading of the front line troops in
the Middle East to the attack on faith by our courts and lawmakers and
in our schools; we see the enemies plans every time we pick up a news
paper or check the headlines through the electric media.
But though we must view the horrifying sights from the camp of the
enemy let us not overlook those Holy advances on unrighteous ground.
We live in the threat of enemy retaliation but we have a privileged
vantage point looking through the eyes of truth with the knowledge of
the “more certain word of prophecy”. It’s easy to find reasons for
hope that the fortress will be standing in the dawns early light.
I know a husband and father who is not going to let the enemy win. He
refuses to conform to the world, but He is going to fight for his
marriage whatever that involves because that is what God wants. He’s
fighting behind enemy lines.
I just watched a video clip of a TV news anchor proclaiming on air he
is dying soon from inoperable cancer yet He is born in Christ and is
not going easily and he promises to finish strong and stay at his post
until the end. What courage it took to say that on live television,
behind enemy lines.
I know people who take to the streets risking retaliation by the enemy
to proclaim the word of victory in Christ Jesus.
People, look out from the enemy camp and see the victory that is
coming. Rejoice in the knowledge that “the gates of Hell will not
prevail”. Our God has already written the end of the story and He wins!
Don’t be afraid; don’t lose hope; the world is full of insightful
happenings. In the dawn; victory is His, the dead rise again, the
prisoners are freed.