This week the students took a week long Reformation Tour. Here Joseph writes about his thoughts on seeing Airds Moss.
Blood, running freely through marshy fields, flowing freshly from martyr veins, was a grotesque scene that over three centuries before, marked Airds Moss as a field of slaughter. Cameron, a man singularly gifted and piously zealous was, with brother and fellow Covenanters, cut down on the ground upon which I stood. Airds Moss. The name, for years, resonated with me and I always esteemed it as a place of utmost importance, but as I stood where one of my chief heroes fell for owning Christ and His covenanted cause, it was not just an act of sight-seeing – it was deeply emotive and spiritual. On the field, my mind traced the route that Cameron’s band had made, until met with their horde of murderers. The recorded prayer of Cameron, “Lord spare the green, take the ripe” coursed through my mind, mixed with what I imagined the din of battle to have sounded like. Horses thundering, swords unsheathed, flint ignited, screams, prayers…. And then the stillness of the aftermath. As still and gentle as it was when I stood there. The deed had been done. The lives of men “of whom the world was not worthy” thrust into the bosom of their Princely-Redeemer. And Scotland, in the stillness, without great grieving, was, on that field, bereaved of one of her greatest witnesses. The quietness begged reflection on all of these things. The breezes, coldness, light – all of it coaxed me to think upon the banner of Reformation that lost one of its greatest bearers on this field. Oh that cause! Christ’s cause! On this field Christ suffered in his servants.
That cause must be raised again, not for Cameron’s sake, but for the sake of Him who Cameron loved above his own life – it must be raised for the glory of Christ. It is not the Cameronian cause, as though he had concocted the whole doctrine, it is the cause of Christ. And yet so few true witnesses – even among those who claim to be Covenanters.
On this field my singular prayer was that the Lord would raise more of Richard Cameron’s heart. Oh that it may be so.
Let King Jesus Reign and All His Enemies be Scattered.
– Joseph Dunlap