Last weekend some friends dropped a book off that they had picked up for us at a gun show. The author, Sara Weaver, had become a friend as they traveled the same gun show circuit and in the course of their fellowship she had graciously signed a book for Sir Knight and I.
I must admit - I have put off reading anything having to do with Ruby Ridge. It has always hit a little to close to home, to my mountains. I always wanted to believe that the "feds" had a reason to be there, to escalate the situation to its fatal conclusion. But I knew, in my heart-of-hearts, that what happened on that mountain was a travesty of the worst kind. It went far beyond seeking justice and became the cruel betrayal of a nation. The course of the Weaver family changed forever on Ruby Ridge, but the ripples of that moment in time have fractured not only a family, but an entire country.
When I picked up Sara's book, I was expecting a political dissertation on the state of the nation. What I found was a story not about politics, but about freedom - the freedom found only in the person of Jesus Christ. Sara recounted memories of her life, from her childhood in Iowa to the "big move" to Idaho, to the stand-off, including the deaths of her brother and mother. She told of trying to rebuild her broken life while caring for her younger siblings when going to live with grandparents and other relatives. But more than the story of her life, she told the story of finding her Savior. She told of the religious beliefs that took her parents to the wilds of Idaho. She told of her rejection of God and in particular of anyone calling themselves "Christians". She told of her darkest hours and how, in the midst of her own personal hell, Jesus called her name, bound her wounds and set her free.
From Ruby Ridge to Freedom is the story of victory - victory over hate, over anger and over unforgiveness. More than that, it is the story of hope. Hope in the ultimate salvation of Christ. Hope in Jesus' forgiveness and hope in sweet reconciliation.
As our country unravels at the seams we need to remember what freedom we are truly fighting for - not the freedom of a nation from tyranny, but the freedom bought by Christ on the cross.
Until next time....