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”