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August 10, 2011 - Fan Club

By Scott Harrup

Writing for National Review Online, Paul Kengor recently shed light on a little-known memo that predicted the impending collapse of the Soviet Union some eight years before it happened.

Herb Meyer was vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council and special assistant to CIA Director Bill Casey. Meyer wrote the classified epistle addressed to Casey and Deputy Director John McMahon in 1983.

You’ll want to read Kengor’s article and his analysis of Meyer’s foresight. One vignette in particular caught my attention.

Kengor notes:

“The memo was leaked to syndicated columnists Evans & Novak, who devoted a column to it. There was subsequent uproar throughout Washington, which made Meyer very nervous. He was summoned to his boss’s office.

“‘Herb, right now you’ve got the smallest fan club in Washington,’ Bill Casey told him grimly. As Meyer turned pale, Casey laughed: ‘Relax. It’s me and the president.’

“Today, Meyer says with a chuckle: ‘If you’re going to have a small fan club — that’s it.’”

I think many of us relate to Meyer. At times we feel as if the world’s against us, and for something we did that we know was the right thing to do. I suspect that scenario plays itself out often for the follower of Christ.

But when you rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance and obediently follow through, you don’t have to shrink from opposition. Like the apostles who responded to attacks on the gospel message, you can say, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29, NIV).

God, in His Word, promises His support, and would remind us that His is the only approval that truly matters.

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23,24).

“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:31-37).

So, whether you’re facing a mountain or a memo today, be encouraged.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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