Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history. dday3

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but 40 years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June, 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers — the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machineguns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After 2 days of fighting, only 90 could still bear arms.dday8

Behind me is a memorial that symbolizes the Ranger daggers that were thrust into the top of these cliffs. And before me are the men who put them there.

These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war.dday1

Gentlemen, I look at you and I think of the words of Stephen Spender’s poem. You are men who in your “lives fought for life . . . and left the vivid air signed with your honor.”

I think I know what you may be thinking right now — thinking “we were just part of a bigger effort; everyone was brave that day.” Well, everyone was. Do you remember the story of Bill Millin of the 51st Highlanders? Forty years ago today, British troops were pinned down near a bridge, waiting desperately for help. Suddenly, they heard the sound of bagpipes, and some thought they were dreaming. Well, they weren’t. They looked up and saw Bill Millin with his bagpipes, leading the reinforcements and ignoring the smack of the bullets into the ground around him.

Lord Lovat was with him — Lord Lovat of Scotland, who calmly announced when he got to the bridge, “Sorry I’m a few minutes late,” as if he’d been delayed by a traffic jam, when in truth he’d just come from the bloody fighting on Sword Beach, which he and his men had just taken.

There was the impossible valor of the Poles who threw themselves between the enemy and the rest of Europe as the invasion took hold, and the unsurpassed courage of the Canadians who had already seen the horrors of war on this coast. They knew what awaited them there, but they would not be deterred. And once they hit Juno Beach, they never looked back.dday4

All of these men were part of a rollcall of honor with names that spoke of a pride as bright as the colors they bore: the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Poland’s 24th Lancers, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, the Screaming Eagles, the Yeomen of England’s armored divisions, the forces of Free France, the Coast Guard’s “Matchbox Fleet” and you, the American Rangers.

Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet, you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.

The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.

You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One’s country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.dday5

The Americans who fought here that morning knew word of the invasion was spreading through the darkness back home. They fought — or felt in their hearts, though they couldn’t know in fact, that in Georgia they were filling the churches at 4 a.m., in Kansas they were kneeling on their porches and praying, and in Philadelphia they were ringing the Liberty Bell.

Something else helped the men of D-day: their rockhard belief that Providence would have a great hand in the events that would unfold here; that God was an ally in this great cause. And so, the night before the invasion, when Colonel Wolverton asked his parachute troops to kneel with him in prayer he told them: Do not bow your heads, but look up so you can see God and ask His blessing in what we’re about to do. Also that night, General Matthew Ridgway on his cot, listening in the darkness for the promise God made to Joshua: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.”

These are the things that impelled them; these are the things that shaped the unity of the Allies.

When the war was over, there were lives to be rebuilt and governments to be returned to the people. There were nations to be reborn. Above all, there was a new peace to be assured. These were huge and daunting tasks. But the Allies summoned strength from the faith, belief, loyalty, and love of those who fell here. They rebuilt a new Europe together.

There was first a great reconciliation among those who had been enemies, all of whom had suffered so greatly. The United States did its part, creating the Marshall plan to help rebuild our allies and our former enemies. The Marshall plan led to the Atlantic alliance — a great alliance that serves to this day as our shield for freedom, for prosperity, and for peace.dday6

In spite of our great efforts and successes, not all that followed the end of the war was happy or planned. Some liberated countries were lost. The great sadness of this loss echoes down to our own time in the streets of Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin. Soviet troops that came to the center of this continent did not leave when peace came. They’re still there, uninvited, unwanted, unyielding, almost 40 years after the war. Because of this, allied forces still stand on this continent. Today, as 40 years ago, our armies are here for only one purpose — to protect and defend democracy. The only territories we hold are memorials like this one and graveyards where our heroes rest.

We in America have learned bitter lessons from two World Wars: It is better to be here ready to protect the peace, than to take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost. We’ve learned that isolationism never was and never will be an acceptable response to tyrannical governments with an expansionist intent.

But we try always to be prepared for peace; prepared to deter aggression; prepared to negotiate the reduction of arms; and, yes, prepared to reach out again in the spirit of reconciliation. In truth, there is no reconciliation we would welcome more than a reconciliation with the Soviet Union, so, together, we can lessen the risks of war, now and forever.

It’s fitting to remember here the great losses also suffered by the Russian people during World War II: 20 million perished, a terrible price that testifies to all the world the necessity of ending war. I tell you from my heart that we in the United States do not want war. We want to wipe from the face of the Earth the terrible weapons that man now has in his hands. And I tell you, we are ready to seize that beachhead. We look for some sign from the Soviet Union that they are willing to move forward, that they share our desire and love for peace, and that they will give up the ways of conquest. There must be a changing there that will allow us to turn our hope into action.dday6

We will pray forever that some day that changing will come. But for now, particularly today, it is good and fitting to renew our commitment to each other, to our freedom, and to the alliance that protects it.

We are bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We’re bound by reality. The strength of America’s allies is vital to the United States, and the American security guarantee is essential to the continued freedom of Europe’s democracies. We were with you then; we are with you now. Your hopes are our hopes, and your destiny is our destiny.

Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: “I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.”

Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value [valor], and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died.

Thank you very much, and God bless you all.

President Ronald Reagan – June 6, 1984

Aggression

Today, the bellicose rhetoric coming out of North Korea has brought a new nation into the limelight.  While part of me believes that North Korea, failing to provoke the US or South Korea into something that they could then demonize or the world stage in order to leverage concessions (which is their usual approach to rhetorical confrontation), the other part of me thinks that their leadership is either wildly miscalculating the situation, or intentionally prefacing some action that they have already decided to take.  Why is a question that is impossible to answer from where I sit, but the cards on the table are growing more interesting and frightening.

First, the admission that even stunned the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was that North Korea has the technology and means to develop a ballistic-capable nuclear warhead.  This is a major, major problem.  This puts them far ahead of Iran in terms of geopolitical threat and as a destabilizing force on the world stage to any nation.  It is not a technologically challenging feat to mount a multi-stage rocket on to a seemingly benign cargo ship, sail it to within range of your target, tear away the fake hull and launch a nuclear tipped missile at your target.

They have increasingly elevated their rhetoric over the past weeks from the typical war preparation crud that they do every year or two and have openly stated the nuclear war is unavoidable.  Even the Soviets and the US at the height of the Cold War despite the thousands of nuclear and thermonuclear warheads aimed at each other were constrained by mutually assured destruction and a desire to SURVIVE and never explicitly threatened the launch and immolation of each others’ citizens, cities, infrastructure, or allies.  North Korea has done this – by explicitly naming Japan as their first target.

While some may ask if I believe this all to be words with no action to back it up?  It could be complete bluster on Pyongyang’s part.  And threatening Japan is not new to the North – they still hold a grudge over the invasion, occupation, and atrocities committed generations ago by the Imperial Japanese, but while others have forgiven and forged new ties with modern-day Japan, the North stubbornly clings to this bitterness and hate.

One of the most important lessons I have learned is that you must take into account the national culture of someone when trying to understand what makes them tick.  Chae-myun is basically what westerner’s think of as saving face in Korean.  It goes much deeper than that though in most Asian cultures.  Chae-myun is an obligation to one’s honor, to the honor of one’s family, and to the honor of one’s ancestors.  Going further, any action or behavior that could be interpreted by one as disrespectful, challenging, or confrontational towards someone (or in this case a nation) would be interpreted as an assault on that person’s (nation’s) dignity and honor.

At this point though, another aspect of chae-myun needs to be considered, and that is the directness and challenging speech emanating from North Korea is a direct threat to damage the cohesive of the Japanese-American-South Korean alliance.  Further, the North’s rhetoric is evidence of a lack of self-control and recklessness, which is paramount to maintaining the balance of mutually assured destruction as a limiting factor on the North’s behavior.  MAD relies on rational actors that genuinely are concerned about their own survival and do not wish to die in the decimation of total nuclear war (and all nuclear war is total).

So adding up all of the various threats, culture aspects, and actors involved, the North does not come across as rational in this case.  They are in possession of probably no more than a handful of nuclear bombs with the largest test yield being six kilotons of TNT equivalent.

For comparison, the bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were between thirteen kilotons and twenty-two kilotons respectively, and just the United States alone has 650 B83 free-fall variable yield nuclear bombs with an upper yield of 1.2 megatons.  (Grand total the US as of November 2012, possesses 1,722 ready-to-deploy strategic nuclear warheads split between land-based, submarine-based, and aircraft-delivered bombs, with an estimated reserve of about 2,800 warheads, and 500 tactical yield warheads).

It’s not that North Korea is foolhardy, it’s that they’re toying with being labeled absolutely bat**** crazy.  What makes it even scarier is that crazy people are impossible to predict. 

Should we expect an attack?

Should Japan?

Never in the past have I thought so from North Korea until now.

The right to use force in self-defense arises in response to a hostile act (attack) and/or demonstrated hostile intent (threat of imminent attack).

Indicators of Hostile Intent

Aiming or directing weapons

Check

Adopting an attack profile

Check and Check

Closing within weapons release range

Check – Rodong-1 & -2, Musudan, and Taepodong-2 ballistic missiles have the range capable of striking Japan, Okinawa, and possibly the U.S. territory of Guam.

Illuminating with radar or laser designators

Not necessary with ballistic weaponry

Passing target information

Check


When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’

Ezekiel 33:2-6

 

 

Danger Close

It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think that they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge.

Prime Minister (UK) Margaret Thatcher

I posit that Lady Thatcher was the exact woman needed for our cousins across the stormy Atlantic to face down not just the threat of Soviet domination or annihilation, but also to maintain the dignity of the British Empire even as it’s glory had waned in comparison with that of the American superpower.  She saw the threats, took them seriously, and understand most importantly the limits of her own power and intelligence.

Today, I have noted a far too casual approach to the aggressive posturing and threats of a remnant of the old Cold War in North Korea’s continuing belligerence, provocations, and outright brazenness toward South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

Instead of confronting a madman and threatening the outright devastation and annihilation of his country in response to an attack, we are talking of a proportional response to any attack.

So if North Korea shells Seoul, killing hundreds of thousand and destroying the South’s capital, we shell Pyongyang?

If North Korea sinks a South Korean navy ship or an American ship, we sink the attacking vessel only?

What deterrent effect does such a restrained counterattack provide?

If Tokyo is laid waste by a medium range ballistic missile carrying a low yield nuclear warhead, we fire a single nuclear shot into North Korea in response?

What assurance of safety and security do the Japanese or South Koreans feel at such a “restrained” response on our part?

You do not cow a belligerent state or person into behaving by the expectations of the society at large by going tit for tat with them.  You do not expect obeisance based on limited reprisals and slaps on the wrist.  You look at North Korea – expose your biggest, baddest piece of hardware, and tell them that they are wrong, that their leader is a foolish little man, and that they – the citizens of North Korea – will suffer along with their rulers if they allow this belligerence to continue.

You sneak F-22 Raptors into their air space and buzz their field headquarters at low level, paint everything that goes into the air with targeting radars so their threat-warning indicators never stop beeping in their ears.

You sneak up a Virginia or Seawolf Class SSN into the baffles of North Korea’s most powerful, capable naval vessel and take hull photographs, then you back off and hammer their hull at close rang with full power active SONAR to let them know that they would be dead if we wanted them dead.

You land Navy SEALs and DELTA teams to go into North Korea and sabotage pieces of equipment, steal documents, and otherwise raise deniable hell by knocking out power generation, communications, and whatnot.

You use our vaunted B-2 stealth bombers to drop leaflets over the North advising them that the next overflight may contain bombs, not paper, if their leaders continue their belligerence.

You remind the North that they are not tangling with an equal.  You remind the North that they are tangling with the most technologically superior, well-trained fighting force ever fielded or sailed on the open seas and that any provocation – verbal or physical, will not be met with proportional response, but with overwhelming destructive force and significant loss of life and treasure.

Uncalled for?  Overly aggressive?

When a despot warns of war I listen.

Madmen rarely conceal their intent in advance.

Victory! The Day of Redemption

I am overtaken.

I have nowhere to turn.

I am surrounded.

I cannot escape.

Here is where I will make my stand.

My armor feels heavy.

My sword is chipped and damaged.

My brow is covered with sweat.

I feel the warm seep of blood from somewhere on my chest where an arrow struck me.

I try to ignore the hot pain, but I grow weak as the life drains from the wound.

I try to avoid the attackers as they press.

There are too many.  They are too strong.

I am lost…. defeated.

I feel someone coming.

I feel hands beneath my arms, lifting my broken armor off.

My burden is lessening.

I can feel strength renewed in my arms.

My sword has been remade.

I look to my helper…

The Lion.

The Lamb.

He is Risen.

My enemy is falling back before His thunderous voice.

The tide has turned and they are fleeing before Him.

I look around and see that I am not surrounded by enemies, but warriors of light.

They answer to Him.

The enemy falls before them and Him.

The battle is won!

 

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

1 Peter 3:18

I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

Revelation 6:2

Froggy

Kim Jong Un is getting froggy with South Korea and the U.S.

If North Korea unilaterally cancelled the nonaggression pact that formally “paused” the Korean War back in the 1950’s, then they are deadly serious as that formally returns the peninsula to a live state of war.

Prayers for those men and women not just in South Korea, but the U.S. servicemen there, and the souls in the North living under a godless dictator.

Interesting times indeed.

 

Boys and Girls

With the recent decision by the Pentagon to allow women to be placed in front line combat units, I have been chewing on what I wanted to write regarding it for weeks now.

First, let me state that I firmly believe that women are just as capable as men of defending their lives in the face of danger.  Thank you Samuel Colt, John Browning, and the many other pioneers of modern firearm design for bridging the strength and mass gap through applied science and ingenuity.

Second, let me state that I firmly believe that the idea of placing women in front line combat units will be met with disaster.  Disaster in the combat unit integrity, mobility, combat effectiveness, casualty rates, and cohesiveness because women are not as fast or strong as men in nearly every case.  Disaster in readiness as women have been proven to break down faster under the stresses of forward deployment than men and require many times more the number of medical evacuations from the battlefield from noncombat injuries and medical conditions. Disaster culturally as the protected status of women will be forced to change to accommodate this politically-motivated maneuver.

Paula Bolyard did a great job digging into this issue.  I recommend reading her article Raising Boys Who Grow Up to Be Men Who Go to Combat With Women.

 

War

Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust.

Psalm 144:1-2

War.  A terrible concept.  Hell visits Earth in battle.  Men kill.  Men die.

What is the Psalmist saying though here?  He isn’t exalting God for keeping him out of war, but for preparing him for it.

In that day, wars were fought up close and personal with sword, spear, ax, and club.  They were fought at throwing range with slings and javelins.  They were fought at slightly longer ranges with bows.

Wars were dirty business, just as they are today.  They required athleticism, just as they do today.  They required mental discipline, just as they do today.  They required a stout heart, a steady hand, and a discerning judgment, just as they do today.  Those truths are eternal and they hold true whether we are speaking about physical human war or spiritual war, like those we fight continually day-to-day just living on this Earth.

I know that I have been particularly laser-like in my focus on the current push for greater gun regulation.  I also know that it is a temporal issue, not an eternal one, but I also know that the Psalmist (whom I presume is David, the man after God’s own heart) wrote this Psalm.  I firmly believe that scripture speaks on multiple levels and while it is able to be interpreted that we also must not ignore the plain speech.

I hope that the next time you read scripture, you are shown not only the hidden deeper meaning to it, but also the bold plainly written one right in front of you.

If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

Luke 22:36, NIV

He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Luke 22:36, KJV

Let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.

Luke 22:36, ESV

He that hath none, let him sell his coat, and buy a sword.

Luke 22:36, 1599 Geneva Bible

et qui non habet, vendat tunicam suam et emat gladium. (roughly translated: and who does not have, sell your tunic and buy sword.)

Luke 22:36, Vulgate

 

Lord, make me fast and accurate.
Let my aim be true and my hand faster
Than those who would seek to destroy me.
Grant me victory over my foes and those that
Wish to do harm to me and mine.
Let not my last thought be if I only had my gun.
Lord, if today is truly the day that you call me home,
Let me die praising your name and in a pile of empty brass.

 

 

Stand

The last few days I have written about hope and the need to rise to meet the world’s challenges.

In order to be effective though, you have to know why you stand.  What is it that drives you to stand firm in spite of the world?  There are lots of things that you could cite and I won’t judge any of them because whatever it is that will drive you to throw down when the world comes calling and the bell is tolling is worthwhile to you.

Arctic Patriot wrote about freedom and liberty the other day.  Would you fight for freedom?  Do you know what freedom is?  Freedom from what?  Would you fight for liberty?  Do you know what liberty is?  Liberty to do what?  These words represent concepts and principles and I could get all philosophical about them both as I believe they are worthwhile enough that they should be defended fiercely, but that is because I believe that I understand them and the implications of the loss of either of them.

So, let’s get back to the crux of the issue.  What do you stand for?  What thing do you look at and know deep down at the core of your soul that you will not compromise?  There is no wrong answer, but there MUST be an answer.   Perhaps for you it is your family – your spouse, your children, your grandchildren.   Perhaps it is your principles.  Perhaps it is your friends.  Perhaps it is your home-built business.

Why must there be an answer?  Shouldn’t we all just agree to compromise so we can live in peace together?  We’re all citizens of the world, or Americans, or whatever.

Good cannot compromise with evil.  If I am to be obedient to God, I cannot, under any circumstance, strike a deal with evil.

Evil is like a pollutant.  Imagine you have a fresh water spring.  Striking a deal with evil is like inviting someone to pour just half of the pollutant into your spring that they wanted to… yes, you compromised, but in the end your spring is still polluted and no longer useful as a source of water.

Can you compromise with someone who wants to kill you?  “Well, I’ll just let you chop off a few limbs.  Will that work for you?”

The world is telling you compromise. Bend. Don’t be so strident. Don’t be so stubborn. It’s for the common welfare.

Do not compromise. Do not bend. Rise.  Stand firm.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Matthew 5:13-15

Prize Fight

Is it possible to be meek and unassailable?

Meekness is a hard concept to understand because it is not a word that is used terribly often in modern society.  The modern definition is akin to calmness and gentleness.  As followers of Christ, we are called to behave meekly in all matters.  Christ did not come to call us to being completely submissive or compliant with the world though, but to challenge it openly.  Now some might say that is a paradox, but I don’t believe it is.

I believe it is completely possible to be meek and strong at the same time.  What strikes me is odd is how much focus is on Christians being meek.  The word “meek” appears four times in the entire Bible (1 Kings 21:27, Psalm 37:11, Zephaniah 3:12, and Matthew 5:5).

David may be our best example from the Bible about being openly meek.  Throughout the Psalms, he shows humility and deference to God, but was David weak?  Was he a pushover?  David routed those that came against him and Israel because he was centered and controlled.  He was gentle, he was humble.

Could meekness be strength under control?  The writer of Proverbs seems to think so.

The wise prevail through great power,
    and those who have knowledge muster their strength.

Proverbs 24:5

This is all well and good because we are called to draw strength from God through faith, but how can we apply this to the world today.  Why does this matter?

We are in a prize fight.  Christ says that the “meek shall inherit the Earth,” but never stated how.  The world, as I have mentioned before is fallen and at war with itself.  The one constant in human affairs since the beginning of recorded history is that war is never far in the past and never far in the future.  How does a people seek to live meekly without appearing weak and ready for conquering or slaughter?

President Theodore Roosevelt may have best summed up this paradox resolution with the philosophy of speaking softly with a big stick.  In order to be gentle, one must be strong first.  Meekness is controlled and disciplined strength.

Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.

Colossians 1:11

Strength uncontrolled is rage and destruction.  Humility without strength is an invitation to those with strength to attack you.  Strength and humility in tandem is a powerful combination as it allows you to respond patiently.  Why did Christ direct us to “turn the other cheek?”  Not to offer it up to be hit again, but in order to confront our attacker directly.  To dare the striker to try it again while we are looking, ready, aware, and able to respond.  Why else then would David praise God in this way?

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    my fingers for battle.

Psalm 144:1

David understood the way strength, meekness, humility and faithfulness all must be intertwined in order to sustain yourself in the world.  In order to achieve the peace and prosperity promised, in order to gain the inheritance promised, strength was needed.  That strength was harnessed though by his faithfulness to God.

Great you might say, but how does that matter today?

Consider the incidents in Benghazi and Cairo on September 11th, 2012.  American soil was attacked.  An Ambassador was killed along with other American citizens.  The President of the United States, together with the other talking heads of his administration, have waffled about this issue.  They have stated that it is our own fault by blaming our freedom of speech and the movie maker of some two-bit piece of junk that has been online for months anyway.

The administration has blamed terrorists within Libya of the attack, but without acknowledging the command and control exhibited by the attackers which allowed them to not only overwhelm the Consulate in Benghazi, but also the former Navy SEAL bodyguards with the Ambassador, and the supposedly secret safe house.  

They have blamed the passion of the mob, but independent reports from inside Libya have said there was no mob in Benghazi prior to the attack.

The lack of coordination here is not the patience I spoke of above, but rather than ineffective understanding of the fundamental problem that the United States, and western civilization as an whole, has with the Islamic world.  We look weak.  The United States has enough firepower and destructive power pent up that we could destroy every square inch of this planet, yet the person who wields that mighty gauntlet is weak because his personal viewpoint of America’s role in the world is not one of strength and preeminence, but one of supplication.  The President has been deferential, has promised more flexibility in the future, and has literally and figuratively bowed before the world.

This invites disaster.

Why have American deaths in Afghanistan in Obama’s not quite four year term totaled 1458 when President Bush’s term ended with 575 American deaths?  Is it because we are winning the peace and the war is “winding down?”

No, it is because the current Commander in Chief does not understand the basic precept of si vis pacem, para bellum (“if you wish for peace, prepare for war”).

David did not shy away from war.  He was humble. He was obedient. He was faithful.  He was a warrior with strength under control.  Our current President has neither strength, nor control, and that lacking is an invitation to the forces arrayed against us in this world to challenge us.

Just look at the news for examples of those challenges.  China and Japan are potentially heading toward a war over uninhabited islands.  A peace deal with the Taliban has been scrapped (the fact this was even considered is a sign of weakness too). Russia is reestablishing it’s influence in it’s former Warsaw Pact states.  The U.S. is running out of Benghazi with it’s tail tucked between it’s legs.  North Korea has increased it’s belligerence and threats of war. Drugs, weapons, invaders, and war has spilled over our southern border more than once during this President’s administration.

Instead of being meek, we have a President who is weak.  The rest of the world knows it too and are taking advantage.

Indulgence

I often write about freedom and liberty and how the concepts themselves are born out of scripture.  I write about how those scriptures influenced and formed the foundation for the men, for the principles, and ultimately for the documents which developed with the founding of the United States of America.

This city on the hill is more than just a physical place, a country on a temporal Earth, but it is a metaphor for the Kingdom of Christ.  This country, at it’s founding was a revolution in governance.  It placed individual men as the ultimate sovereign power within it’s power structure.  These men were not kings in the old monarchical sense of things in Europe, but rather kings as Adam was intended at creation.  He was master of all creation, and he answered only to God Himself.  This is how God intended this place to work.  This is the Biblical foundation of the concept of the individual sovereignty which is essential to the functioning of this republic.

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams

The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

Benjamin Rush

The founding fathers of this country were intensely passionate about the role of God as the solid foundation of this country.  Without this passion, it is hard to to imagine the American Revolution ever taking place.  It is hard to imagine the challenges faced, the hurdles overcome, and the belief in “the cause” that persisted in the face of repeated defeats in battle, and the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their path personally and politically.  This nation was founded as a Christian nation, and anyone who doubts that needs to go read up on the true fomenters of rebellion and insurrection.  How far we have fallen from those days when men of God spoke freely about the ills of the world and fought, literally, to oppose them.

For centuries, this country has endured wars, droughts, economic calamities, and a divisive civil war which truly pitted brother against brother and father against son.  We have climbed the ladder of nations and risen to the top of the ash heap as the most powerful country militarily and economically in the history of the world.  Was it worth it? Did we sacrifice what made America that city on the hill in order to achieve temporary greatness?

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Galatians 5:13

Have we abused our freedoms won to live indulgently in the present or did we preserve them and protect them for our children and our grandchildren?  Have we sacrificed the future in order to maintain the present?

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Matthew 16:26

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