Soon: Chapters 31-32: I Can Gideon Better Than You
The poor sad sack Christians in L.A. were sure lost until PAUL came along!
“…we’re no match for the army.” [said Barton]
“Neither was Gideon,” Paul said. It isn’t might that makes right, or the government would be right. We have God on our side, and we need Him to give us the victory, just like Gideon.”
Old Carl struggled to his feet. “Gideon is a perfect model, people.”
Remember, guys, Paul has been a Christian for TWO MONTHS. But he immediately hits upon the PERFECT MODEL to make the Christians spring into action!
Bit of a Mighty Whitey, wouldn’t you say?
So, “Old Carl” (’cause that’s respectful) spends the next two pages retelling the story of Gideon, which I can only imagine must be at least a bit interesting when someone other than Old Carl is telling it.
Then again, reading the relevant passages and the Wiki page, just seems like God and Gideon were playing the kind of weird “testing” games with each other that would be really unhealthy if they were a couple.
God, if you do this, I know you want me to fight. Okay, now do this, so I can be really, really sure you want me to fight.
Gideon, take all these soldiers to fight, except these guys who do something I don’t like. Okay, now send away those jerks. DO WHAT I TELL YOU TO DO, ME-DAMMIT.
Carl ends his “story” on this note:
“I don’t know how God is going to use whatever is left of the underground believers in Los Angeles to defeat the army. But I believe He would have us be as the men of Gideon, brave and willing to do whatever is necessary. And He will win the battle.” [Emphasis Jenkins’]
Yeah, this is why Bruce Barnes has his “dig a hole and hide in it” plan in Tribulation Force–if you think God is going to take care of everything, if all you have to do is be willing in your mind to be “brave,” and God will take care of the rest.
No wonder the underground Christians haven’t done anything except stockpile rotting fish!
I take that back: Barton has a plan!
“It’s not exactly Gideon-like, but it’s something.”
Hey, at least he admits that…
Barton has a mini-seaplane that he is going to control “robotically” to “blanket the city with leaflets.” Paul calls this plan “audacious,” and Barton is realistic enough to raise the possibility of Atheistopia shooting down the plane. He is even nice enough to admit that the whole plan wasn’t really his idea–it was “free exchange of ideas” Lois’s idea.
(Then again, if the plan (and plane) go to shit, they can always blame Lois!)
But you know, it’s not the worst idea I’ve ever heard. It’s comparatively low-risk (though Barton defensively chirps that “there are no fainthearted here“). It’s more out-there and imaginative than randomly leaving brochures for your waitress. So, in Chapter 32, possibly the first decent plan in the book.
What do you think? Good idea, bad idea?