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“Fortress” by Nicodemas Plus Three

January 27, 2019

Ruins of Byzantine fortress of Nymphea (“Frourio Nimfaias”), Greece, Author User:Gia (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

Some readers may be offended by this post, because of its political content.  For that I extend my sincere apologies.  But I do not write this in an effort to advance a political agenda or support a particular party. 

I am neither an expert on border security, nor an advocate of “open” borders.  Certainly, the traffic in illegal drugs, weapons, and human beings is a grave concern.  For all I know, a wall may, in certain locations, constitute as legitimate an element of border defense as electronic surveillance and increased patrols.

Unfortunately, the demand for a wall has come to mean something more. 

The demand for a wall is a demand for security at all costs; for protection against change, and an invading hoard of barbarians; for exclusion of all those “different”, therefore, dangerous.  The demand for a wall has racist overtones, acknowledged or not.

The demand for a wall is prompted by fear, and belief in a zero sum game.  One side must lose, for the other to win.  That both might derive benefit is not a possibility.  So we are told.

Ours is a wealthy nation in a world of poverty.  We can turn our backs on those in need, or find a way to share our resources.  The choice is ours. 

The poem I have reblogged here captures my anxiety – for the welfare of the poor and the welfare of this nation, should we forget them.

“It was snowing that night the wall was completed, not many noticed, tired of the fight.

Yet some…rejoiced in their victory, believing the Enemy was defeated and that they could rest in their holiness once again.

However, the angels in Texas, bowed their heads with tears in their eyes,

began praying for all those stuck inside the Fortress, for those believing that somehow,

in some way, they were righteous, and so having turned their backs

on the poor.”

-Reblogged courtesy of Nicodemas Plus Three

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Prov. 31:8-9).

The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.  But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish” (Ps. 9: 17-18).


  1. Earthly walls may be helpful for a time, but in the end, they inevitably fail. The arm of the flesh is too short and too weak.
    Psa_20:7  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
    Psa 118:8,9  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. 
    Isa 49:16  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

  2. Anna, you might know that I am not a political person per se, but I am a lover of the truth. And you did speak the truth here! ⭐

    A border or a wall between people does not do any good to anyone. We had an inner German border for 28 years which served to deepen the yawning chasm between the West and the East. Even today, 30 years after the wall was opened, we have not grown together as a German people yet. Too big are the differences of the systems in which we had to live.

    Furthermore, where there is the law, transgression is even closer. A wall will tempt many to climb over it. In the former GDR people were killed when they tried to escape. This cruelty reminds me strongly of cultish behavior: where tyrants rule, nobody is allowed to have an own free will as an individual anymore.

    Actually, I believe that Donald Trump is wrong here as he listened to these false spirits of anxiety and fear. I know some Arab people and other immigrants here in Bavaria. Just yesterday I had a good talk with a young Arab father of three small kids. Of course, I listen to God before I talk with them. However, I never made any bad experiences in doing so. I believe that fear is never the answer as God did not give as a spirit of fear but the Spirit of adoption as children of God (cf. Rom 8:15).

    Keep up the good work, Anna! ❤

  3. Amen Anna! Thank you for the reblog, and I love the way you have it all flowing together. The Scripture quotes are powerful! Your article is excellent and I so agree! Our nation needs to repent and that includes conservatives for the way people have been treated.

    • Thank you for the use of the poem, Nicodemas. There is no question that immigration (and poverty in other forms) are challenging issues. I believe, however, we will only grow as a nation if confront them.

  4. Raymond Eric permalink

    Wow very very beautiful and nice nature,nice post , how are you and your beautiful family

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