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Thursday, October 23, 2003

"The US is putting relatively little effort into a long-range plan, but we are putting a great deal of effort into trying to stop terrorists. The cost-benefit ratio is against us! Our cost is billions against the terrorists' costs of millions." --Rumsfeld Memo

Constantine was smart enough to see it at the beginning of the 4th Century. American leadership needs to see it now, instead of persecuting people who point it out. It is a religious war that we are in and denial will not make it go away. The Islamic militants know the nature of the war, and we cannot re-define it away. Islamists hate America and the West simply because of the liberty that is the heritage of Christianity. They cannot stand it that women go unveiled. They hate it that we have so many choices. They hate it when the Gospel is preached freely. They hate it when the nation does not acknowledge that there is no God but Allah. They are an 7th century religious faction with the potential of mobilizing millions of people.

What is the answer? Return to our heritage, the strength of self-aware Christianity--a robust Christianity that is not ashamed of the Bible or the truth claims of the Bible. Jesus Christ is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption, according to I Cor. 1. General Boykin is right, you know. The God of the Bible is the living God; all the idols are dead Gods. We do not need to mistreat anyone who disagrees, but we need to stop pussy-footing around, trying to be all things to all people. There are millions of Americans who agree with General Boykin, but who have been intimidated into pretending that all religions worship the same God. George Washington prayed to Jesus Christ. Bibles were passed out to the soldiers during the War for Independence. God's word and His Son's name adorns the monuments of our nation as a witness against us.

It is folly that we wallow in our national guilt over slavery and segregation to the point that we forget that God forgives the sins of His people, through His Son Jesus Christ. Those who do not believe in Christ do not believe in the forgiveness of sins, and they will keep reminding us of them as long as we let them--as long as we cower in our collective guilt, and as long as they reap political benefits from reminding us of our guilt. Forgiveness of sins means that we don't have to listen to the blackmail anymore. We are so afraid of repeating the sins of discrimination that we treat a small boy on crutches from Iowa with the same scrutiny that we give to a twnety-two year old male from Arabia. Madness!! For the same reason we cower before the sodomite lobby, who would rather have their abominable, unspeakable lusts satisfied than see a vibrant and strong Christianity in their midst. We don't want to "discriminate" so we turn our military units into emasculated social experiments.

For the same reason we debase and corrupt the service academies, because we are not willing to admit the truth that a brave and righteous nation does not send its women to war. But the radical feminist lobby that puts its agenda before the good of the nation would rather see the military ruined rather than admit that their theories of emasculation and gender equality are bogus. There is a generation alive in America today that would rather see the nation destroyed than see it return to the Christian principles of faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ and the Bible. But they are becoming increasing irrelevant, because the great heartland of America sees the issues. These are not days for girlie men in touch with their feelings, but days for hard choices and heroic deeds.

The healthy part of American Society today is not in the sodomite community, the feminist anarchy, or the corrupt and immoral Hollywood crowd. They will fight for nothing except the right to indulge their own lusts and break every one of God's commandments. The health is in the millions of Bible-believing Christians, who know their God and believe the Bible. They do not need government programs or incentives to live their faith and contend for rightousness. They have lived their faith and confessed their Lord in spite of the organized effort to silence them in the public schools, the political arena, in liberal churches, and in entertainment They will live and die for their faith. But they will not fight for multiculturalism or moral relativity. They include whites, blacks, Hispanic, and many, many other races, and they will fight for their faith. Sound the trumpet of faith and America will rise again as she has so many times before. This was the message that came from President Bush in the days following 9-11 and it energized the nation, but now the sissy voices of accommodation and fear and compromise have dampened that spirit. We hear the whine of the weasel rather than the cry of the eagle.

This is what the sorry voices of liberal multi-culturalism fear more than anything, for they know the power of the faith of true Christians. They will do everything to keep that trumpet from being sounded. But it is the only way to overcome the terrible enemy that we face. As long as we trust our weapons, our wisdom, our diplomacy--all of which are important--and do not trust in the God and Father of Jesus Christ the Son of God, we wil continue to be confused, bewildered, hag-ridden, and guilt-ridden.

Get the girls out of the front lines; get the girls out the military academies; call for manly men again to defend their faith and their homes. You will be surprised at what you get. This is not protestants against Jews, nor catholics against protestants, nor even catholics against Mormons, nor even evangelicals against socinians, and it certainly isn't men against women. It is more basic than that. It faith vs. the infidel. It is an old, old battle, that Islam began in the 7th century against Christ and His church. If it is not so, then let Islam close down the hate schools, expel the radicals and terrorists from their midst. They will not do it because they cannot do it. We did not start this war, but we will finish it by the grace of God, but it will be a long and difficult journey. But after the Living God has chastened and refined us, we will come forth as gold.

There is no post-Christian era, because Christ rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God today. If you don't know what that means, I will be glad to explain it. You can begin by reading Ephesians 1.

Psalms 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Psalms 108:13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

But what shall we do if we deny our God and He becomes our enemy? Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. God knows His enemies even if we do not.

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