Monday, September 17, 2012

Part Four of A Call to Christian Patriotism

We say the movie "Last Ounce of Courage" Saturday night. There were very moving scenes in it and it packs a punch for freedom in our country. Go to see it if you can. See trailer.

Lots of news this week of the anniversary of 9/11 eleven years ago. Ambassdor Stevens and three other State Department employees were killed in Libya; this was followed by protests in other counties, and the suggestion is that a YouTube video that slams the Prophet Muhammad is at the source of the attacks. Tim Brown reflects that Christians respond with truth to a film whereas Muslims respond with violence to a film at the Freedom Outpost. Suppose terrorists killed the producers of "Last Ounce of Courage"? Would we excuse them because of their emotions? I think not. Sure, the movies are different. Charles Krauthammer criticizes the state department here. This election may finally deal with foreign affairs, not just jobs and the economy.

And, this article calls for Obama to take a stand for Israel.

In our book in these ten Monday blogs, A Call to Christian Patriotism, published a year ago, but relevant today, Howard A. Eyrich again discusses more Scripture to shape the Christian patriot.

Deuteronomy 29:1-9. Moses was used as a leader. George Washington was used as a leader and the most amazing Constitution and Bill of Rights came into being--DEMOCRACY. The author writes:

If we desire our children and our grandchildren to enjoy the gift of this Constitution, we must engage with this Continental Army [of George Washington]. The war was won to secure this document and the freedoms it secured. But we are faced with increasingly strong guerrilla operations that would trash it. We must take our responsibility for leadership and engage in the process of self-governing. (p. 47)
We can vote wisely and we can pray as Mark Driscol writes here:

Yes, we should be informed citizens who take our privilege of voting seriously. Our involvement with the political process is what makes the form of government in the United States work. But God has something much more in mind for us when it comes to our political involvement. . . .

God, through Paul [I Timothy 2:1-2], didn’t specify what leaders we are to pray for and not pray for. He didn’t say we should only pray for one particular political party. He simply said, pray “for kings and all who are in high positions.
Matthew 27 and Revelation 19, 20. "The carnage of war is strewn across the face of history," writes Eyrich (p. 49). [Yet American's] "Christian underpinnings forged a nation in which the rule of law pushed back the forces of evil with more vigor than ever before. The Ten Commandments became the symbol of our existence. . . . Christian Patriots cannot relinquish the fight to push back evil (49, 50)."

2 Timothy 3:1-4. Eyrich lists earmarks of a politician he wants to see and contrasts these with the description of politicians who are covetous, boastful, proud, unthankful, disobedient, unholy, traitors, high-minded and lovers of self and pleasure. He also points to little help from media.

Deuteronomy 29 and I Peter 5:6. The author gives five suggestions. 1) Live according to what is right in God's eyes. 2) Pray for repentance as Daniel did. 3) Seek out and elect those who will bring reform. 4) Speak out as I am trying to do here. 5) Use our influence to call Americans back to our roots.

Isaiah 5:18-23. "We have replaced our Judeo-Christian value system with a postmodern system. This has led to both confusion and conflict, and the slow eroding of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution" (p. 58), write Dr. Eyrich. He points out that our leaders are angry and we have changed religious freedom into tolerance.

That film we saw last weekend, "Last Ounce of Courage," illustrates this attempt at political correctness that negates our religious freedom, a principal upon which our country was founded. This soldier appreciates our freedoms and his country. Like the son in the movie, he is willing to die for that freedom. 

Soldier Has American Soil He Is Tending Overseas

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