In March of 1775 an attorney rode into the small town of Culpepper, Virginia. There, in the middle of the town square, he saw a man tied to a whipping post with his back laid bare and bloody with the bones of his ribs showing through the flesh. He had just been whipped. Similar to Yeshua (Jesus), the man had been mercilessly scourged with whips which had been laced with pieces of metal.
The attorney is quoted as saying, “When they stopped beating him, I could see the bones of his rib cage. I turned to someone and asked what the man had done to deserve such a beating as this.”
The reply given was that the man being scourged was a minister who refused to take a license. He died from his torture at the hand of the intolerant three days later. He was one of twelve men who were locked in jail because they refused to take a license to preach the Word of God.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Shortly after witnessing that brutal display of intolerant hatred the young attorney, Patrick Henry, arose to address his fellow delegates that were meeting in the Virginia House of Burgesses. He concluded his famous speech with these words.
“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! – but there is no peace. The war has actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry was willing to take a stand against intolerant hatred. Will you do your part?
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