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Tug Of War

TUG OF WAR...is a time-honored tradition at Battle Ground Academy. Every year since 1935 the school has held this event which is between Greers and Platos. The entire student body is divided equally and all participate in the tug of war. During my years, on the much-anticipated day, we would march from school through the streets of Franklin, TN to the cheers and applause of those who were gathered to watch. We received the large grass rope and at the square a coin was tossed to see which group of us would choose the side of the Harpeth River we thought was best for victory. 


Each group set themselves, dug little trenches for our feet, and the rope was thrown over the bridge to us. It had a handkerchief tied in the very middle for each team to see. Every boy was now solidly entrenched with fear and one goal-pull the other guys through the Harpeth. The headmaster held a flag on the bridge and with anticipation we watched for it to be released. Let the tug begin! Each side would attempt to get some rhythm to pull the others off balance. ‘Heave Ho’ was continually heard on both sides. Several times it ebbed and flowed back and forth.


At times the leaders would command us to sit down and hold trying to tire out the opponent or to survive. It was painful as each person was using every bit of energy to succeed. After several minutes that seemed like an eternity, you sensed that victory, or defeat was near. Finally, one team started pulling the other side into the river. Losers all had to walk or swim across and taste defeat, while the victors chanted and celebrated. Note: I was president of the Greers my senior year and we stayed dry! YES!!!


Well, our families and our nation are in a tug of war! Never in my lifetime have the stakes been higher. Our ‘United States’ is being divided, mostly by design. Just like on tug day, Greers and Platos were enemies. Blacks and whites, gays and straights, Democrats and Republicans, pro-life and pro-choice, Christian and non-Christian; each being pitted against each other. Heave ho; back and forth the debates and ‘wars’ continue to grow more intense each passing year, or with each passing national decision by politicians and their appointed judges. Our culture is under attack. We have earthly and spiritual enemies.


None of this will ever be resolved by human effort or wisdom. Nations are made up of families. And based on Biblical truth, God ordained the family to worship and serve Him, to be the reflection of His goodness, love and mercy. He commanded the first family to procreate, fill the earth, have dominion and rule over it, for His glory and our good. Gen. 1:28. I see nowhere that He has revoked these commands. We see what happened in the Garden of Eden; Satan divided and conquered. And he is still active and gaining many victories. Maybe it is time to see our situation through spiritual eyes. Possibly it is the moment to resist him; dig in, hold on!“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee” James 4:7.


I truly believe that if men, (fathers/husbands) had not abdicated their authority and responsibility (like Adam) over the past half century, we would not be facing the redefining of the American family. Passivity is the enemy’s most powerful tool. Morality, godliness, obedience, love, respect and much more are products of the home. And fathers are God’s authoritative channel for these. Families have become divided, to the point of non-existence; boys and girls are growing up without the father figure, creating father wounds, many very deep. The symptoms are showing up in every part of our society. Congress, Supreme Court Justices, Presidents–none are capable of what one man in his home, trusting God for wisdom and strength for him and his family can accomplish.


Men, don’t focus on the people who are making ungodly decisions for our nation. They are merely reflecting a society that has turned from Biblical truth and lost their way. We are a product of what we worship! “You shall have no other gods before Me” Ex. 20:3. I submit that this is our basic fundamental problem. We have replaced Him with every conceivable lesser god. Right living starts first in a home, with the man leading his wife and children in the ways of the Lord; trusting God to be God! He and He alone is our answer! Our primary role is obedience. “Love your wife as Christ loved the church” and“don’t provoke your children to anger, but lead them in the way of Christ”.  


The ‘tug’ is on for your family. The world system and Satan are on the other side pulling hard to drag you down to defeat. Dig in, grab the rope and begin rejoicing; the victory can be yours! But how? The Spirit gave us the game plan through the Apostle John.


“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” 1 John 4:1-6 NIV. Says it all!


Copyright 2015

Bill C. Dotson



Scripture is from the New King James Version unless noted otherwise.

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