Tom Locke: Surviving Today XL

Tom Locke: Surviving Today XL

August 9, 2015 Tom Locke 0

Every Thursday here at stay tuned for another exciting chapter in Tom Locke’s story. Its not dystopian but, have mercy, its one man’s survival.

  •  God or Guide?

The timber grew up crooked. It seemed that no tree rose from the ground in a straight line. Instead they all clamoured towards the sunlight with limbs that spread like nerves or veins. Nothing in nature is straight or consistent. In our world we think beauty is about looking like so and so. Cutting our hair like whats his name. Nature tells us different.

Najair sat back against a large poplar tree. Small chips of rock hit his face as return fire from the Muslim radicals hit boulders and trees between them. He looked over the soldier who appeared from under the burqa in the cabin. He was short and stout an underdog with an incredible aim. He would smite two armed men for every duck and cover.

Najair was armed and returning fire as well but as he watched this brave soldier he thought of a Qur’anic verse.

Sura 26:227 “Except those who believe, work righteousness, engage much in the remembrance of God, and defend themselves only after they are unjustly attacked. And soon will the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take!

Over the last few days Najair had been so close to his god. With bullets whizzing by his head he may have never been closer to god than at this moment.

The gunfire simmered as the opposition began to reload. Najair popped up from behind the large bolder and squeezed off several rounds. He felled to two men before return fire. The hail chip up the rock again and the GUIDE echoed through his head.


noun: guide · plural noun: guides
  1. a person who advises or shows the way to others:

God, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide, god, guide. Over and over the words spiraled around in his mind. He was a devout Muslim within reason. The later portion of his beliefs was what the men he was killing lacked. Reason.

As he took cover he thought, ‘There was a time when we needed God to explain the world to us. A time before science and reason and logic. We needed Allah to explain the world because we were unable to. Does this mean with science there is no need for God?

If Ignorance is bliss than we need God now more than ever. For we understand more than ever. God becomes the guide. He will wade us through the information and those that desire to do evil with such information. The information at our fingertips has the capacity to do one thousand times the damage of any iron clad cavalery of the past. It is with this power we need a guide more than ever, a God.

Without God to guide us we look to holy books to explain todays world. Simply a feat that is impossible. Instead we set our compass by these solid teachings of morality and experience. If we seek to live by any Gods word exclusively than we become the monsters before me.’

He popped up from behind the stone and offed three more of the radicals.


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