we step back in the afterglow of the glory of Resurrection Sunday, and all
that it means to us as members of the Christian faith, we once again have
to face the problems (or challenges, or opportunities) which seem always
to be before us. Robert Morrison, writing in Family Research Council
(FRC), addressed this situation in these words: "While critical temporal
issues are important, they do not endure."
He is right, of course. One
is almost reminded of the comment by the traditional "old lady" who
said her favorite Bible verse which she applied to all her problems was
"it came to pass -- not to stay, but to pass."
We have for our immediate
and constant use, the power of prayer. In the Epistle of James (5:16) we
find this promise: "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man
availeth much."
Paul urged us to "Pray without ceasing." (I Thess. 5:17)
And Jesus promised: "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name
he will give it you ... Ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

(John 16:23-24) And when it comes to national affairs -- we have another
powerful capability -- our vote. There are now 559 days until Election
Day, Nov. 6, 2012 -- let's use that time to pray for our leaders, and to
ask God's direction as we vote to restore America to the Nation it was
always intended to be. And make plans to participate in the National Day
of Prayer on Thursday, May 5.
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It seems appropriate to note that American News Commentary (ANC)
is not primarily a source of current news, but rather a commentary on the
events which are contributing to the news of the day -- and doing so from a
Conservative Christian -- and Evangelical -- viewpoint. Our approach is
not in line with those who wear buttons with the letters: WWJD, meaning
"What Would Jesus Do." Jesus walked this earth and ministered and taught
as the Son.of God. We obviously cannot do what He was able to do.

We often refer to Jesus' teaching that we are both the Light of the world
and the Salt of the Earth. We are ready to accept the concept of being the
Light of the world ... we agree on our responsibility to preach the Gospel,
in Jesus' words in "all the world," but we have hesitated in accepting His
statement that we are also Salt -- that we are to affect the nature of life on
this Earth.

For too long we have held the view that Christians should not be involved
in politics -- but being "salt" means exactly that. Why should we leave the
conduct of government on this earth to immoral persons who demonstrate
no concern for God's purposes or for the Christian approach to life?

Thus, we will continue to discuss the problems of the day from a viewpoint
which is both pro-Christian, and pro-American.

So, as in the title of the president's annual speech to Congress, what
is the "State of the Union" today? Where to start? There is the economy --
still a shambles . . . total unemployment (according to the Obama Labor
Department figures) is just a tick under 9%, with probably more people out
of work than perhaps ever before. Prices of the necessities of life, including
food, are slowly but steadily rising. Gasoline, which a mobile America needs
so desperately, is right at $4.00 a gallon, with $5.00 or higher on the horizon.
The national debt continues to grow to numbers we can hardly conceive, and
yet we are facing a lifting of the debt limits, but with no limits on government
spendng in sight. It's sort of an open checkbook for the president.

With respect to moral issues, which are of prime importance to Christians,
the Obama administration is still on course to repeal DOMA, the Defense
of Marriage Act, and thus open more doors to homosexual "marriage." And
the Democrats' commitment to fund abortions, particularly through Planned
Parenthood, remains firm, thus essentially putting the American public in the
abortion business, which has already legally killed some 50 million innocent
babies since the Supreme Court decision in Rose v. Wade.

Internationally, we have been engaged in two wars -- one for 10 years, and
the other for 9 years, and with no satisfactory end in sight for either one. And
now we are unofficially engaged in a third military conflict - in Libya - which
cannot be called a "war" because Mr. Obama committed us there on his own,
without the approval of Congress. Our actual goals in Libya remain unclear --
one day Mr. Obama stamps his foot and says Qadaffi must go. But the next
day Mr. Obama's position is that a regime change is not our objective. And in
the volatile Middle East, we are still considering Syrian President Assad as a
"reformer" -- in Hillary Clinton's words -- although his "reform" efforts to
date have been more on the massacre side, as he orders the killing of hundreds
of his fellow Syrians who oppose him.

And interspersing all these situations are natural disasters and weather
anomalies which are wreaking havoc across America and all over the world.

So as we move from the glory and wonder of Easter's Resurrection Sunday,
we are faced with the need for prayer for God's wisdom as we face these
problems . . . and as we remember the plight of our fellow Christian believers
who are suffering persecution, and death, at the hands of Muslim jihadists,
and others who oppose the Christian faith.

We cannot ignore the spirit of dissension so apparent in America.
It is not surprising or unusual to find the various elements of the nation's
media not in agreement with one another, but seldom has there been such
sharp, uncompromising disagreement focused on one person -- in this case,
Barack Obama. One of his staunchest supporters has been the very Liberal
Washington Post, yet last week even that paper took a strong editorial
position in opposition to Obama's foreign policy: "As a moral matter, the
stance of the United States is shameful. To stand by passively while
hundreds of people seeking freedom are gunned down by their
government makes a mockery of the U.S. commitment to human
rights. In recent months President Obama has pledged repeatedly that
he would support the aspiration of Arabs for greater freedom. In Syria,
he has not kept his word."

And also from the Post, Robert J. Samuelson, Opinion Writer, wrote this
week concerning the budget and our national debt: "President Obama is
mainly to blame. His recent budget speech at George Washington
University was a telling model of evasion, contradiction and deception...
He noted that businesses may not invest in a country that seems 'unable
to balance its books.' Fine. But Obama has no plan to balance the
budget -- ever...The president keeps promoting an 'adult conversation'
about the budget, but that canâ•˙t happen if the First Adult doesnâ•˙t play
his part...Obama is flirting with trouble, even if he doesnâ•˙t realize it."

Or there are situations where people like Suzanne Eovldi, staff writer for
the much read "Coach is Right" on the Internet, who is alarmed over the
effects of "political Correctness" on the Christian culture of our nation: "A
Seattle school in all of its political correctness now has renamed our
Easter eggs with the offensive term of 'Spring Spheres'...How dare they
take away our Christmas and Easter holidays?... How dare they, these
power driven Democrat liberals who are bent on removing the name
of GOD and Jesus Christ from America, and forcing the Ten
Commandments out of our halls of no longer Justice? How dare this
man say 'America is not a Christian Nation!'"

We should not fail to note that President Obama, who hosted gala events at
the White House to honor Islamic observances, and took time to recognize
Earth Day, did not make any mention of the Christian observance of Easter.

As always, a review of "What Others Are Saying" is very helpful in
getting opinions that the Liberal biased media won't share with you.

Mike Evans (Jerusalem Prayer Team): "Many believe that the clash
between the Arabs and Israelis is political and that the religious factor
has just lately risen to the surface; that is an erroneous assumption. It
has long been a conflict between two books and two spirits: The Bible
and the Quran, and the spirit of death (jihad) and the spirit of life. It is,
indeed, a religious conflict."

David Limbaugh: "In my book 'Crimes Against Liberty,' I described
President Barack Obama as dishonest, hyperpartisan, a bully, a
narcissist, and a hard core left-wing ideologue. Anyone who thinks my
description is exaggerated or too harsh didn't hear his Wednesday
speech on the budget."

Tony Adkins (Conservative Action Alerts): "Under Barack Obama's
watch,the EPA has become wildly out of control...The EPA forces its
regulations down the throats of American businessmen and farmers,
which is hurting our recovery."

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "A new Middle East will
emerge without the presence of the United States and the Zionist
regime [Israel], and their allies in the near future."

Gary Bauer (reflecting on the Palestinian terrorist murders of 5 members
of the Fogel family in a Jewish settlement): "In what world does it make
any sense for world leaders to
insist that a society with this degree of
barbarism and depravity be given a state?
And why do we think that
statehood would appease such hatred?"

Michelle Bachmann: "One thing I know is that people have weighed
President Obama in the balance, and he's been found wanting."

Craig R. Smith (Chairman, Swiss America Trading Corp.): "Our
political leaders have made far too many promises that can no longer
be kept. Someone has to tell the people the truth. Do you really think
that will happen during an election season?╡

Joe Scarborough (MSNBC TV host):
"Two thousand years after the
first Holy Week, the state of the Christian church is strong in
And if religious leaders continue to focus more on the teachings of
Jesus Christ instead of blindly following the agendas of politicians, it
will surely grow even stronger for years to come."

Robin Hayes (in Patriot Update): "When Barack Obama campaigned....
one of the numerous pledges he made was to do everything in his power
to put Americans back to work. But nearly 2 1/2 years and more than $1
trillion in tax-payer funded "stimulus" spending later, nearly 2 million
more Americans are out of work today. So even if you believed the
rhetoric about hope and change in 2008, I'm sure you'll agree: President
Obama has continually failed to lead."

Christopher G. Adamo (staff writer, New Media Alliance): "In virtually
every situation where the
U.S. government should be working on behalf
of the country, as well as many that
it should leave alone, it is consistently
inflicting grave damage. It is virtually
impossible to deny the
preponderance of concurring evidence. But are Americans
ready to face
the utter fiasco of the 'hope and change' instituted during the Obama
Administration's first two years..?"

This week we found more very enjoyable "One Liners" than usual . . .

"You˙re going on as if we don˙t know in America how to help our own
deficit problems. We do. We just have to tax people."
-- Juan Williams, on Fox News

"Barack Obama's Re-Election Campaign Theme Won't Be Hope and
Change, just
scorched Earth and Fear." -- Erick Erickson

"Libya is 700,000 square miles. It is on the list of the top 20 largest
countries on
earth. Obama is sending two drones ╉big deal."
-- from Conservative Byte

"I think Al-Jazeera has become indispensable...and I rely on them very
heavily, as does the State Department."
-- Andrea Mitchell, NBC/MSNBC News Anchor

And here are a few random "Afterthoughts" . . .

Psst. Mr.'s America's view on lifting the debt ceiling:
A CBS News poll released this week, even though heavily weighted to favor
Democrat respondents, shows Americans oppose a raise in the federal debt
limit by more than a 2-to-1 margin, with 63% opposed compared with only
27% in favor. (But why should our opinion count now? It hasn't for the past
two years.)

In case you wondered how to succeed in the Obama administration,
there are 3 simple steps: (1) Get a middle level job at some government
agency outside Washington; (2) Perform poorly, and be forced to step down;
(3) Expect almost an immediate appointment to a high level position in the
Obama administration. Here's a current example: Barbara Powell was TSA's
security director at Newark Liberty International Airport since 2007. After
a series of security lapses, an internal critique of her performance found
"inconsistent leadership," and an unsatisfactory "work environment"
which resulted in her resigning. She has now been promoted to the position
of senior advisor in the Office of Human Capital at the Transportation
Safety Agency headquarters in Washington.

A follow-up on last week's notes on control of our school system:
From Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister in 1874: "It has been
discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to
commence tyranny in the nursery."

Last week we learned that unions were using White House email
to circulate their messages to their members, and anyone else they
wanted to reach. The disclosure produced a great many comments on
the Internet. Here is just one, from "Patty" which caught our attention,
and we share it with you: "This kind of information sickens me. Day
after day we are bombarded with fraud, cheating, waste and
incompetence╜When will it end??? Oh, I know╜ When Obama
leaves office. That day canâ•˙t get here soon enough. He and everything
that surrounds him, administration, agenda, familyâ•œit all detracts
and disgraces this country. I thought that the Clinton days were the
most despicable, but I was wrong. Ever since Obama has come onto
the scene, America has been trashed."

We have to be constantly impressed by the wisdom and foresight
demonstrated by our Founding Fathers, who created this nation.

"The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and
immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free
government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the
affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world."
-- George Washington, 1789

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending
with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice,
ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of
our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was
made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to
the government of any other." -- John Adams, 1798

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy;
because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property
can bear taxation." --John Marshall, Supreme Court Chief Justice, 1819



issues ago we suggested that an appropriate verse from the Bible, the Word
of God, for the times in which we live is II Chronicles 7:14: "If my people,
which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." That promise,
spoken more than 3,000 years ago, is the word of eternal, almighty God,
and is as true today as the day it was first spoken. Now out of the more than
31,000 verses in the Bible, we offer these verses for this Easter season;
from Paul in I Corinthians 15:3-4, "For I delivered unto you first of all that
which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the
scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures." It is that timeless event, unprecedented in all
history, that we remember and celebrate on Sunday. It is the eternal fact of
the risen Christ that sets the Christian faith apart from all others. Abraham,
the founder of the Jewish faith remains in his grave; Mohammad, the founder
of the Islam faith remains in his grave; Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon
faith, remains in his grave; so also with Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and
of Hinduism, the third largest of the world's religions, with no specific founder.
It is the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ that makes Christianity
the supreme faith of all time. On this Sunday let us greet one another with the
traditional Easter greeting: "He is risen." And the response: "He is risen indeed."
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Here we are in the middle of Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday,
commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. There throngs of people
welcomed Him, shouting "Hosanna, blessed is the King of Israel," spreading
their garments in the streets for the animal that He was riding to walk upon, and
waving palm branches in His honor.

Think back just a few days. This year was Palm Sunday a special event in your
church ... in your community? Or did the turmoil shaking our world cause you
to focus your attention elsewhere?

After that day of welcome and praise for Him ... five days later He was dead,
crucified and buried. Today we observe that day as "Good Friday."

But three days after the sadness and sorrow of the day of crucifixion there is
always the glorious morn of Easter -- Resurrection Sunday -- and we can say
with Paul, "Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits
of them that slept ... in Christ shall all be made alive." (I Cor. 15:20,22)
And that is not, in the words of Mr. Obama, "an obscure verse."

But current events are not the problems facing Christians elsewhere.
We are all familiar with the persecution Christians face in so many parts of
Muslim world, as the followers of Islam destroy Christian churches, attack
Christian believers, and kill -- even behead -- followers of Jesus Christ, simply
because their religion instructs them to kill all infidels. In Egypt, Muslims have
gained a foothold in the new "democracy" we encouraged them to develop,
and persecution of Christians has drastically increased. And in Iraq, where we
forced upon them a form of "democracy," almost all the nation's Christians
have fled to more safe places. But those examples are just part of the familiar
story in Muslim countries. Yet 6 out of the top 10 recipients of U.S. economic
aid are Muslim dominant nations.

But it isn't just in Muslim countries that Christians are being attacked.
These news stories were noted in a quick survey during the past week ...they
are just a few examples of the ongoing persecution of Christians in India today.
Karnataka – Police on April 10 arrested a pastor and other Christians of the
New India Church in Mysore after some 25 Hindu extremists attacked their
Sunday service. New Delhi – A mob of about 150 Hindu extremists on April 9
attacked a Christian meeting in East Delhi, beating Christians with clubs and
stones, including women and children. Madhya Pradesh – An enraged mob
of Hindu extremists on April 7 stormed into the prayer meeting of a Christian
Assembly house church shouting anti-Christian slogans. Four
Christians, including a police constable, were beaten on April 1 in Madikeri
district on allegations of “religious conversion abetment,” as if conversion were
illegal in India. And there are more. . .

At this Easter season our prayers should be in behalf of our fellow Christians.
throughout the world who are not free to worship our risen Lord, and who are
suffering severe persecution -- often death -- for their faith in Him.

And prayer is a very real and urgent challenge for Christians to meet.
We have previously reminded American Christians of the National Day of
Prayer, Thursday, May 5. This year there is this encouraging news; we all
remember that in April of 2010, District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that the
National Day of Prayer, established by Congress in 1952 and proclaimed by
every President since Harry Truman, amounted to an unconstitutional call for
religious action on the part of the government. But just last week, a three-
judge panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that
decision, and ruled that the National Day of Prayer did not violate our
constitution. Let us, as the American people, utilize this day to pray for our
nation and the Christian cause throughout the world. And remember also our
weekly count-down to Election Day, 2012 -- there are now just 566 days
until Nov. 6, 2012, during which we should pray for our nation, its leaders,
and for God's direction as we vote to restore our nation to what it should be.

Again, this week, we remind you of "What Others Are Saying" . . .

Jack Kinsella (Editor, Omega Letter): "We have this problem of
discerning whether Obama is a brilliant strategist playing six moves
ahead of everyone else – or if he is the most incompetent buffoon ever
trusted with the keys to the nuclear football."

Michelle Bachman: "I have gotten things wrong that I have said in
the past, but when it comes to credibility, I think the President's
credibility is far worse than any other public official's."

Heritage Foundation: "Since his presidency began, Barack Obama
has proven that what he cannot do very well for himself or for the
nation is provide even a modicum of leadership on out-of-control
government spending."

Ehud Barak (Israeli Defense Minister): “We are facing a diplomatic-
political tsunami that the majority of the public is unaware of and that
will peak in September.” (He was speaking of the Palestinian Authority
plan to advance the UN resolution which would make the State of Palestine
a UN member, holding territory including the West Bank, Gaza and East

Mike Evans (Jerusalem Prayer Team): "An Islamic Revolution is
sweeping the Middle East today. It has already overthrown the
governments of Tunisia and Egypt. Open warfare has broken out in
Libya, and the revolt is spreading like wildfire, threatening to topple
the leaders of Syria, Jordan and Bahrain as well. Why did no one know
that this was coming and speak out?" (And he points out a quote from a
book he wrote in 2007: "An Islamic revolution is spreading and is on
the brink of becoming America's greatest threat since the Civil War.")

The "One Liners" that everyone enjoys were not easy to find . . .

Sammy Benoit, reflecting on why Peter Orszag, Mr. Obama's Director of
Management and Budget, quit: "Instead of hope and change, Orszag
found teeth and talons."

David Martin, Media Research Center: "A media willing to distort the
truth to curry favor with a liberal administration is a dangerous thing."

And here are this week's random "Afterthoughts" . . .

A simple quiz about two items much in the news this week: We have
heard about the 7 instances the past few days where air traffic controllers
have fallen asleep on the job. And we have seen the video of Vice President
Joe Biden falling asleep during President Obama's speech on the national
debt. This is the quiz question: Which poses the greater danger for America
and the American people?

A week later, they're still talking about Obama's national debt speech.
Heritage Foundation: "Now, in the 9th inning, the same president who
handed his mantle of leadership to a "fiscal commission" has responded
to the call for reform by doing what he knows best – slinging arrows
with a partisan, poison-tipped speech, proposing higher taxes and
slashing America's defense spending to dangerously low levels."

Mark Baisley (defense-intelligence company CEO): "When President Obama
delivered his “Framework for Deficit Reduction” speech on Wednesday,
I kept thinking that America was being treated to the slickest example of
bait-and-switch since the Music Man came to River City."

In that speech, either the teleprompter or Mr. Obama prevaricated.
Mr. Obama said “We believe in the words of the first Republican president,
Abraham Lincoln, ‘Through government we should do together what we
cannot do for ourselves as well.’” Apparently he thinks no one is smart
enough to check up on him. Here is the actual quote from Abraham Lincoln,
and yes, by some definitions, he was the first Republican president: “The
legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people
whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well
do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities. In all that
the people can individually do as well for themselves, government
ought not to interfere.” It's that old credibility problem again. The Obama
version doesn't really say what Lincoln said.

In case you wonder where Mr. Obama gets his governing ideas . . .
Three issues ago (March 30) we pointed out how Mr. Obama's "Safe
Schools Czar," Kevin Jennings, (a practicing homosexual), aims to get
every school to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum. This past week he
got a big assist -- the California State Senate appoved a bill mandating the
instruction of "gay history in social studies lessons" in schools in the state.
Given California's Democrat Liberal government, the bill is likely to become
law. But these ideas did not originate with Obama or Jennings. Note these
quotes: "Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it
in his hands and to whom it is aimed." -- Josef Stalin; "The education
of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a
mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." -- Karl
Marx; "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have
sown will never be uprooted." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin; "The ruling
class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway
the emotions of the masses." -- Albert Einstein; and one of our greatest
presidents also recognized the truth of this approach: "The philosophy of
the classroom today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow."
-- Abraham Lincoln

There is always the question remaining: Is America a Christian nation?
Mr. Obama keeps insisting it is not -- ignoring the fact that 80%, or more, of
our population claims to be Christian. And there are those cynics, presumably
atheists, who claim the Founding Fathers were not Christians and did not
intend for America to be Christian. Looking back to the early days of our
nation, we recall the words of Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th century French
historian, to whom is attributed the phrase: "If America ever ceases to be
good, she will cease to be great." In 1835 he wrote: "The Americans
combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their
minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the
other...In the United States...Christianity itself is a fact so irresistibly
established, that no one undertakes either to attack or to defend it." But
even earlier, in 1754, in a booklet for immigrants to learn about a new nation,
Ben Franklin wrote about America: "Atheism is unknown there; Infidelity
rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country
without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an Atheist or an
Infidel. And the Divine Being seems...pleased to favor the whole country."
It would seem more logical to accept the opinions of men who were here at
that time, than those of modern-day cynics, trying to be politically correct.

Our Founding Fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson, with whom
Democrats claim kinship, spoke often about national indebtedness.

"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our
own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of
the public moneys." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1808

"I place economy among the first and most important virtues and public
debt as the greatest danger to be feared." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816

"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income,
growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the
employment of the pruning knife." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1821

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