“And he said unto them, ‘How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?’”
- Luke 2:49 (KJV)
Evangelical Christians generally do not agree with The National Council of Churches when it comes to fighting a war on terror. Why? With few exceptions, the Council of Churches is made up of Democrats.
Excerpts: News from The National Council of Churches:
"God takes no sides in war”
Little Rock, Ark., October 2, 2006 — “God takes no side in war,” say the Reverend Bob Edgar and retired United Methodist Bishop Felton May. “Do not let anyone tell you differently.
“Writing in yesterday's edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Revs. May and Edgar look at the words of Jesus against the images painted in the news media on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“A central tenet of the Christian faith is that Jesus is the Son of God, that he is God, and that in the Bible he speaks for God. There are 'red-letter' editions of the Bible with the words of Jesus printed in red. In one of those red letter paragraphs Jesus says, 'love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you [Matthew 5:44],’ wrote May and Edgar, who is general secretary of the National Churches of Churches and author of 'Middle Church, Reclaiming the Moral Values of the Faithful Majority from the Religious Right.”
Evangelicals are well-informed about the world’s current events. However, it took the 9/11 attacks to galvanize them, and they became even more politically-minded. Acts of evil are of great concern to born-again Christians.
Although we were aware of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Americans were complacent because most terrorist attacks were still occurring abroad. We felt that it would never happen here. Now, we know that anything is possible. We must heed the evangelicals’ call to prayer and get back in tune with God, and worship constantly with Him.
Evangelical Christians are not naive. Fundamentalists understand the day and time we live in. George W. Bush, a born-again Christian, knows that the President’s first job is to protect America from all invasions and attacks. “My job – my most important job – is to protect America and to protect our homeland.” – President G. W. Bushhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/05/20020517-1.v.html
The diplomatic approach (which should always be used first) certainly has merit. We have excellent diplomatic resources and protocols infused within our government.
America reaches out and dialogues with the leaders of nations; Secretary Rice travels all over the world and leads our diplomatic efforts to engage nations in meaningful negotiations. The world, unfortunately, is impacted with complicated people and international problems that too often can't be negotiated away.
When Americans finally understood what took place on that September morning in 2001, they immediately accepted the strategies set forth by our President: America would be set on a war footing. We would no longer process terrorist attacks against our country as a mere criminal act. Taking a more aggressive stand was deemed the appropriate way to handle Islamic jihadists.
The war on terror must be taken seriously and prayerfully. God has implored us to pray for our leaders daily. With each and every day, more born-again Christians in America back President Bush. He took an aggressive bold stand against the ideology of death that festers within the teachings of radical Islam.
It was President Bush and his administration that “set the captives free.” By attacking the al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan and Iraq, once-enslaved nations were given an opportunity for freedom. “He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening [of the prison] to them that are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” (Isa.61:1, 2)
Born-again Christians understand that the pulpit is where the Word of God – not politics – ought to be preached. Godly people know the words of their Lord and Savior. Christ's believers have Bibles well equipped with the words of their Savior emboldened in red print. Bible study classes flourish in the Evangelical churches. We use our Godly wisdom to elect those who best represent our morality, including that which addresses wars and rumors of wars. God fights evil in this world by giving wisdom to those of His servants who lead our country. God gave America the man who sits in the Oval Office.
“A people free to choose will always choose peace.” President Ronald W. Reagan
“If to the justice of your cause, and the purity of your principles, you add prudence in your conduct, there will be the greatest reason to hope, by the blessing of God, for prosperity and success.” Rev. John Witherspoon (1723-1794)
“Let our age be the age of improvement ... Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered. ...And, by the blessings of God, may that country itself become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of Wisdom, of Peace, and of Liberty, upon which the world may gaze with admiration for ever.” Daniel Webster: The Bunker Hill Oration: 1825
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Marie's refreshing and spirited point of view is reflected in her writings, genuine and spiritual opinions regarding God and his teachings. Marie is a practicing Christian, a nurse, a student of the Bible, and a patriot. Many of Marie's articles are a reflection of her great admiration for those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is an advocate for the troops, as well as the Blue and Gold Star Mothers of America, and their families. Marie has appeared as a guest with political talk show host Bruce Elliott on WBAL-1090 AM.