Was I One Tin Soldier?

“to even lay down my own life,”

Great story line for a film back in the 70’s called “Billy Jack.”

Just had some interaction with a friend on the posts and her thoughts suddenly got me thinking about a film I remembered seeing when I was a kid that had a good theme and message derived from the dealings of Billy Jack with bad people so much like today but it’s even worse now all over the place and way more vulgar and sinister!  I could visualize how this all connects to my actual life experience in the very recent past and things that mean so much to me and should to the country!

The term One Tin Soldier comes from the book “Mere Christianity” by CS Lewis.  Jesus is the One Tin Soldier.

Then in the 70’s they tailored this movie role for Tom Laughlin “Billy Jack.”  His character was an “ill-tempered, karate-chopping pacifist” who battled racists through four movies. The first film, released in 1971, also produced a hit song: “One Tin Soldier.” I figure some thought was there about this character being a pacifist, making him a bit Christ like and he did step up to protect the innocent and vulnerable!

He was up against the haters or bullies and that correlates well with what is going on in our society presently extremely well; as mentioned I even know from firsthand experience in my own dealings with the bully government full of Nazi like thugs and conspirators that even went against me when I was trying to protect the environment and nature, the unprotected innocent, that they were trampling upon for greed, power, smoke and mirror crony agendas; negligently!

In the movies he had crowds with him in support of his voice and actions but I was totally stand alone, nobody else wanted to get involved or cared enough; but the times had a lot to do with that too, the 2000’s are not the 70’s!  Much had changed especially in the mind-set of people since back then!  Now we have the digital age and monster communication entities like Google!  Google is evil they support terrorist threats and accusations not peaceful accusations which is the flip-side of that 70’s era, it’s even blocking the internet from peaceful songs and ideas in some instances seeking to manipulate the public for nefarious agendas.

But the big contrast with this Billy Jack was that I wasn’t in a movie and had to be very careful and use my wits to face the harsh reality or I would have been crushed like a cockroach by what I faced alone, and they would have enjoyed that too much!  I never gave them that satisfaction!  Besides using my wits the thing that helped me Most of all was I had Jesus in my heart and thoughts always as I pushed through the lies, deception, corruption and dirt!  I never gave them that satisfaction so my head stood thick in spite of them; and out of the line of fire!  Jesus was my shield from even death that lurked nearby!  Even so, I took a lot of abuse and pain; I guess I had no choice!  When we serve God’s will it won’t always be simple or without consequence, but if I must suffer any consequence, “to even lay down my own life,” “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.  I can’t think of any other reason or purpose that is more appropriate and worthy.

Yea, maybe I am a Tin Soldier; I’m also a faithful servant of God’s in the name of Jesus Christ.  It’s been hard as nails and mean and ugly; doing so much damage to my life and body but so what, look at what He was willing to do for me on that cross, He the most innocent being ever to be in this world!

Lawrence Morra

“One Tin Soldier Rides Again”

Author: Lawrence Morra

Have worked in creative and news visual media as a photographer or cameraman and this POV has given me a better insight or view of the world. The Cameraman's POV. His Perspective on many things. All content on this site is copyrighted© by Lawrence Morra/Zero Lift-Off. All rights reserved. Email: lmor3@aol.com

10 thoughts on “Was I One Tin Soldier?”

  1. The people without Jesus are of their father the devil. They hate and live by emotions, not reason. We wear the Armor of God. “Helmet of Salvation, Breastplate of Rightousness. Girdle of Truth. Shoes of Peace , Shield of Faith. Sword of the Word, All thru the Love of Christ Jesus. Love you my HeartSon.

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    1. Oh yes Dear HeartMom in Jesus, all of what you said is so beautiful and TRUE! It brings a tear to my eyes and I think plainly what He said; “I am the Way the Path and the Life!” “None come unto the Father but through the Son!” I also know with this power of faith I feel in my heart that those inspired words spoken so many years ago by FDR during the war to end all wars during such a horrible time for the world, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” hold true even today in the turmoil of the new age digital world we are in. Our Lord and Savior is real and will never forsake His faithful; that is enough comfort for me by “faith” I know I truly have nothing to fear, nothing!
      I love thinking of and reading the 23rd psalm which speaks to this truth so vividly and poetically; so beautiful!
      A psalm of David
      The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
      He makes me lie down in green pastures,
      he leads me beside quiet waters,
      he refreshes my soul.
      He guides me along the right paths
      for his name’s sake.
      Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
      I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
      your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
      You prepare a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies.
      You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
      Surely your goodness and love will follow me
      all the days of my life,
      and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
      Son in Christ Jesus,

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  2. Needed to share these thoughts after reading this inspiring bloggers post, “GUEST POST: GOD DOESN’T SHAME OUR FEARS, HE UNDERSTANDS THEM!” The Godly Chic Diaries

    Sister in Christ Jesus, Emily,
    Well, you did hit it out of the park as they say in baseball; a home-run! You have beautifully expressed the dilemma you had experienced that was holding you back from living your life the way God intended, living “His will,” because nothing or anyone else’s can or will do, not even our own; after all he knows what is best for each and every one of us, as “He is the all-knowing and loving God Almighty!” He gives to us all the graces we need, and so “by having our unrelenting faith in Him alone we are as safe and secure as we can be here on earth,” as He watches over us, continually “holding our right hands,” never leaving our side in the greatest love by means of His Holy Spirit, as long as we have “faith in Him.” You reminded me of a wonderful simple saying but yet so mighty in its truth and certainly that one of our greatest presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) declared at his First Inaugural Address during the Great Depression Era and on through the Second World War when all Americans and even the whole world needed with their “faith in God,” great leadership to weather the storm and get all of them through one of the worst periods in mankind’s history, when he uttered these words he did just that to those who listened and believed with faith in God! “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
    You Emily have demonstrated by your example of “overcoming fear with your great faith,” exactly what this very well put passage of FDR’s expressed to a Nation so clearly in time of calamity and desperation; and you are now here in this time with your shining example, letting others know that “with God anything is possible,” we are capable of weathering any storm life can toss in our paths; even overcoming the “darkest fears!” God Bless you and yours.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra


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