February 23 to March 6, 1836 saw one of the most heroic displays of selflessness in history. For 13 days 189 Texicans (yes, that’s spelled right) fought the mighty Mexican army at bay at a small Spanish mission called San Antonio de Valero, just outside of the town of San Antonio de Bexar.
As a native Texan (and from San Antonio at that!) the story of the battle of the Alamo is very special to me. Yes, some of what you may hear is simply legend...but the majority is fact.
The basics of the story is that well trained army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was held at bay for 13 days (1836 was a leap year, FYI) by a comparatively small group of defenders who would rather die than surrender. Santa Anna demanded their complete and unconditional surrender: Colonel William Travis answered with a cannon shot.
So why am I bringing this to your attention? Two reasons. First, I am a native Texan, so this time of the year is special to me. Second, because there is a spiritual application to it.
Long about 33 AD or so, a group of about 120 were meeting in an upper room in Jerusalem. Soon, that number increased by 3,000. Next we find out they numbered 5,000 men.
They were faced with opposition that we can only imagine...they were threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and killed: all for their testimony about Christ.
To spare themselves this opposition, all they had to do is deny Christ...but they would not do it! They didn’t even have to mean it; they could have asked for Him to forgive them later...but they would not deny their Lord.
They were faced with overwhelming odds against them, yet they would rather die than surrender to the enemy.
Being a Christian is not a game. Being a Christian is a way of life that extends to EVERY area of your life: from the words you say to the close you wear to the friends you keep.
We are still involved in a very real conflict. We are still faced with overwhelming odds against us. We are still facing an enemy who is demanding our complete and unconditional surrender.
Will you answer with a cannon shot?