THE SCRIPTURES SPEAK OFTEN OF WAR
THE SCRIPTURES SPEAK OFTEN
OF WAR, WARS AND WARFARE . . .
REAL AND RUMORED . . . AND OF
WARS BEING MADE TO CEASE
This nation, for so long acknowledged as a "Christian nation,"
today faces so many serious problems -- the health care
fiasco, our economy in the midst of total destruction, our
loss of respect on the international scene, our shift from
the historic principles which made us great, the yielding to
the homosexual minority, the complete and utter decline in
morality -- that the fact that we are at war on two fronts,
with other fronts in the offing almost escapes us in our
daily perusal of the news.
In the Bible war is spoken of as hostilities between cities,
states or even tribes on political or religious grounds. It is
also spoken of as the inner conflict between forces of good
and evil within an individual. For the Christian it is spoken
of as the daily struggle to maintain a spiritual life in the
midst of a wicked and profane environment.
It is also spoken of as one of the elements leading to the
return of our Lord. But in Psalm 46:9 the God of Jacob
is spoken of in these words, "He maketh wars to cease
unto the end of the earth ..." and He promises, "Be still
and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the
heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." And then the
Psalmist promises, "The Lord of hosts is with us; the
God of Jacob is our refuge."
Despite his exercise of temporal power, and his scheming
to "change" America, even President Obama cannot
prevail against our God.
The one war, as yet officially undeclared, is of Biblical
hostilities between Palestine and Israel, and in that conflict
the Obama administration and the United Nations have
cast Israel as the aggressors, and the Muslim forces of
Palestine as the people under attack. This is the war that
needs to be resolved, with God's plan and purpose for
His land kept foremost in our nation's actions.
In the two wars now in progress, we seem constantly
haunted by our fear of "another Vietnam." But we walked
away from that conflict without victory, and survived as a
nation. Russia walked away from failure in Afghanistan
and survived. Meantime, leaderless we await a long
overdue decision. Again we urge prayer for wisdom to
be given to President Obama to make the right decision.
A current day comment on war, from Bob Hebert,
writing in the New York Times: "The U.S. economy is in
free fall, the banking system is in a state of complete
collapse and Americans all across the country are
downsizing their standards of living. The nation as
we’ve known it is fading before our very eyes, but we’re
still pouring billions of dollars into wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq with missions we are still unable to define.
Even as the U.S. begins plans to reduce troop
commitments in Iraq, it is sending thousands of
additional troops into Afghanistan. The strategic
purpose of this escalation, as Defense Secretary Robert
Gates acknowledged, is not at all clear. We invaded
Afghanistan more than seven years ago. We don’t
even have an escalation strategy, much less an exit
strategy. An honest assessment of the situation ...
would lead inexorably to such terms as fiasco and
quagmire. Instead of cutting our losses, we appear to
be doubling down. As for Iraq, President Obama
announced last week that substantial troop
withdrawals will take place over the next year and a
half and that U.S. combat operations would cease by
the end of August 2010. But, he said, a large contingent
of American troops, perhaps as many as 50,000, would
still remain in Iraq for a “period of transition.” That’s
a large number of troops, and the cost of keeping them
there will be huge. I can easily imagine a scenario in
which Afghanistan and Iraq both heat up and the U.S.,
caught in an extended economic disaster at home,
undermines its fragile recovery efforts in the same way
that societies have undermined themselves since the
dawn of time -- with endless warfare."
There are ideological differences in the White House.
Conservative columnists Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer
commented last week on White House Communications
Director Anita Dunn's statement that she considers Mao
Tse-Tung and Mother Teresa as her "favorite political
philosophers." Hmmmmm. Aside from our wondering
how the Communications Director for Barack Obama
could consider a communist revolutionary, one of the
greatest mass murderers in all history, as one of her two
"favorite political philosophers," we also wonder how
as Obama's Communications Director she can handle
Mother Teresa's words as she received the Nobel Peace
Prize: "We are talking of peace...the greatest destroyer
of peace today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a
direct killing - direct murder by the mother herself."
Thus Dunn's "favorite political philosopher" has views
which are diametrically opposed to those of her boss, an
ardent supporter and promoter of abortion.
An exercise in date setting: Remember when you were
a child, and began counting how many days till Christmas?
Maybe it is time to start counting again -- but this time
keep a record of how many days to ELECTION DAY,
2010. Starting right now, today, there are exactly 370 days
to November 2, 2010. That can be the day we Christians
unite and replace the Obama-controlled Democrat Congress
with people who really represent us, and who will help
return this country to the moral, ethical, religious -- even
Christian -- country it once was. Mark that date!
Agreed -- we should not quit citing great "one liners."
"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the
oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.
It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars
and the losses in lives." (General Smedley D. Butler, USMCR)
"Three forces threaten Democrats in the 2010 elections: populist
anger on the right, disaffection in the middle and potential
disillusionment on the left." (Dan Balz, in The Washington Post)
"This isn't like four bad years of Jimmy Carter or even eight
years of Bill Clinton. This is the systematic transformation
of our nation from an open, capitalist society, to a Big
Brother-type, socialist nation." (David Horowitz)
Our Founding Fathers commented on current day life:
George Washington had this to say about the sexual
promiscuity that seems so prevalent today among our
entertainment personalities and prominent politicians:
"More permanent and genuine happiness is to be found
in the sequestered walks of connubial life than in the
giddy rounds of promiscuous pleasure."
-- George Washington, 1786
And this very pertinent word of advice: "Religion in a
Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best
Security." --Samuel Adams, 1780
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