There is a deep valor in standing up for one’s own nation. Believing in a nation’s sovereignty literally means believing in the state’s right to “self-govern.” It is the patriotism that protects one’s own nation against those who seek to oppress or destroy it.
We could, at first, think national sovereignty has more to do with men. Men are often in governing positions; men are often the ones on the battlefield. We are told by the left that women care mostly about “women’s issues” like reproductive “freedom.” But this worldview misses a long legacy of women who are deeply involved in their country’s governing and protection.
Deborah, the Bible’s only female judge, was so important to Israel’s history that she was known as the “Mother of Israel.” She was a judge in the land, an amazing civic responsibility, but she became concerned that the Israelite people had been so long enslaved by the king of Canaan and his army commander Sisera. Deborah knew God was calling Israel’s army, led by Barak, to come against Sisera. She was brave enough to demand that Barak follow God’s call and brave enough to accompany him. Yet she was humble enough to not be the head of the army herself, and to share in the victory with another woman — Jael — who slew Sisera with her tent peg! It’s a remarkable story (read more in Judges 4 & 5) about protecting one’s nation.
Then there is Joan of Arc whose love for France led her to a battle of her own. Born a poor shepherd girl, she felt directly called by God to defend France from English oppression. In chapter one of his book, 7 Women, Eric Metaxas tells of the situation France faced: “It was not unusual for English soldiers to march into French villages, killing civilians, burning homes, and stealing crops and cattle.” This situation called Joan out of her comfort zone and into great acts of bravery: “Although I would rather have remained spinning at my mother’s side,” she said, “yet must I go and must I do this thing, for my Lord wills that I do so.” Her sacrifices eventually led to victory and the restoration of the King of France before her own capture and trial. Her ultimate martyrdom speaks highly of her commitment to God and country at all costs.
Whilst Deborah was “Mother of Israel,” Joan was “The Maid of Orleans.” Whether married or single, whether judging the laws or leading the troops, whether Israel or France, Deborah and Joan protected national sovereignty. They are an inspiration for concerned women who wish to protect America today.
In today’s world, women like Bev Ehlen protect America by educating our leaders, so that the loyalty of those leaders to America can grow against any internal or external threat.
Bev is standing up for America by working on the ground to educate individuals across Missouri regarding the Christian history and foundation of our country. Because of Bev’s work, each member of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) is given a copy of The Five Thousand Year Leap when they take office, which explains the twenty eight principles that the Founders used to create our republic and write our U.S. Constitution. Bev believes that protecting America requires renewed commitment to these principles and to the governing structure of federalism where each sovereign state makes up a wonderful sovereign nation.
In what way might God be calling you to protect America today?