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Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
We take our freedom for granted. Here we sit today, praying, singing,
fellowshipping, worshipping God together, reading His Word…w/out fear of
reprisal, intimidation, persecution, and w/ no restriction from the
government, whatsoever. It is a blessing we very much take for granted.
We came to this country, not for freedom of speech, but freedom of religion!
First and foremost, we came here for freedom of religion, and for that
reason it tops the list of amendments, and is intertwined thruout our
Ill.—people in China, N. Korea, Sudan, several Palestinian countries, etc.,
risk their life in attending underground churches.
War is a regrettable thing…although necessary…no one in their right mind
likes war, and nobody wants to go to war. War is not glamorous/romantic,
though Hollywood often tries to portray it as such. War is a terrible thing,
a regrettable thing…but, there are some things that are worse than war…
As the global war on terrorism continues, and many call for us to pull out
and give up, let’s answer this very important question:
How should believers look upon war?
What should be our attitude toward our nation continuing this war?
Where are we going to get our answers about war?
Well, we won’t get right answers from the bleeding heart liberals who are
afraid of going to war/Warmongers like UBL and Al Qaeda…who desire war.
The right answers about war are found only in the Word of God. There are
believers today who say that war is ALWAYS wrong. “Christians are to be
peacemakers” they say. (love everybody/turn the other cheek)
In every war in our history, from the Revolutionary War to the War on
Terror, there have been people who would not go, and would not support the
effort, calling themselves “conscientious objectors”. And then they try to
use the Bible as their defense. They do not understand 2 important things:
1. What the Bible really does teach about war
2. The nature of human nature
Back in the 70’s the hippies said, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a
war and nobody showed up! Well, someone will always show up, and you may not
like it, because they are there to take away your freedom!
During Vietnam they burned the flag and protested saying, “make love, not
war”. The hippies were not the brightest crayons in the box. For if they had
just thought about it, they’d realize that many people died in WW II, just
so they could have their silly little demonstrations/protests…and they’d
realize that when they burn that flag it is a gross and senseless act for
any American to take part in! You can stand at the Lincoln Memorial and
preach and protest…that’s your right, but if you begin to paint that
monumental symbol, you’ll be arrested. So why couldn’t the Senate approve
the flag burning ban this week…when the flag is the main symbol of who we
are? It’s no longer speech, it’s an action you are taking when you burn it!
If everyone in WW II had believed the way the hippies believed, they
wouldn’t have been going around saying, “Peace, love and flowers”…they would
have said, “Hile Hitler!” as slaves to his Nazi regime!
It is foolish and wicked to desire war, but it’s foolish and naïve to think
that war is always avoidable. For there are wicked people in this world that
will kill, steal, and destroy w/out blinking an eye…that’s the human nature,
the sin nature, unleashed!
Please don’t get the idea that the more advanced man becomes
technologically, that the more educated we become/civilized we become, that
we become more mellow and kind…that is not what the Bible teaches…rather,
that’s humanism: “man’s getting better and better.”
Jesus said in Mt. 24 that in the last days there shall be wars and rumors of
wars, and kingdom shall rise against kingdom, and nation against nation, not
that things would get more and more peaceful! (rumors of wars=threats,
II Tim. 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being
Jesus is the One Who will end all wars. He is the One Who will be able to
proclaim, “World War Won!” But there will be no peace on earth, until the
Prince of Peace arrives! But until that day arrives, this is a fallen world,
for we all have a fallen nature…and there will be war!
Is it ever right Biblically for a nation to go to war? And should a believer
participate? The clear answer to both questions is yes!
There are times when the Lord actually encourages, and even commands nations
to go to war. “fight the good fight…”
For though war is regrettable, there are worse things than war, things which
can sometimes be prevented only by war!
Some people say Vietnam was wrong because it
wasn’t our war. Now they’re saying it about Iraq…but again, that statement is naïve. Some of us are too young to
remember, but many of you will remember that the communists made no bones
about it, their goal was world domination…it was fight us now or fight us
later…on your own soil! (same w/ Iraq
Freedom isn’t free. And while God is against personal vengeance/retaliation,
He does allow a nation to defend itself, and protect the freedom of the
God is for war if it’s a righteous cause!
Aren’t you glad we have stayed the course,
and that Saddam is out of the picture? Zarqawi? These were men that
protesters were trying to protect!
(Rosie O./Martin Sheen...they said, we want to be human shields!...I say,
ok, we’ll allow it!)
We are here today because men and women of the United States military have
given their lives for ou freedom. We are not here tonight because Sheryl
Crowe, George Clooney, Jane Fonda or Phil Donahue sacrificed their lives.
If my memory serves me correctly, it was not movie stars or musicians, but
the United States Military who fought on the shores of Iwo Jima, the jungles
of Vietnam, and the beaches of Normandy.
I say we should tell the liberals to go make their movies and music and
whine somewhere else. After all, if they lived in Iraq, they wouldn’t be
allowed the freedom of speech they’re being given here today. Ironically,
they would be put to death at the hands of a Saddam Hussein or Zarqawi.
I want to know how the very people who are against war because of the loss
of life, can possibly be the same people who are for abortion? They are the
same people who are for animal rights but against the rights of the unborn.
On December 7, 1941, there are no records of movie stars treading the
blazing waters of Pearl Harbor. On September 11, 2001; there are no photos
of movie stars standing as "human shields" against the debris and falling
bodies ascending from the World Trade Center. There were only policemen and
firemen-underpaid civil servants who gave their all with nothing expected in
Throughout the course of history, this country has remained free, not
because of movie stars and liberal activists, but because of brave men and
women who hated war too. However, they lay down their lives so that we all
may live in freedom.
We should give our military honor and acknowledgement and not let their
deaths be in vain. If you want to see true human shields, walk through
Arlington Cemetery. There lie human shields, heroes, and the BRAVE Americans
who didn’t get on television and talk about being a human shield - they
were human shields.
Thank God we have a few leaders that have risen to say, if the UN won’t do
it’s job, and even if we stand alone…we will do the right thing and free
We can pray for our troops w/ confidence, as this is a righteous cause! And
we should be willing to continue to battle for the right, whether an end is
in sight or not!
Some say this war is about oil. They scream “no blood for oil!” (yet only
2.3% do we get from Iraq, acc’d to the energy info. admin.) And 90% of the profits today in
Iraq are helping the new gov’t build
Fact is, most protesting this war are not really anti-war, they’re
("but, we can’t be the policemen of the world!" they say)
I ask you…if we don’t free those people, who will? (the French?)
So what can we do?
1. Pray for peace.
I Tim. 2
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
2. Pray for our troops…for freedom isn’t free!
2. Pray for our leaders.
And, most importantly,
4. Pray for a national revival.
In the Bible, righteousness and peace are linked together.
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being
When our nation is right w/ God, we’re standing on the Rock, but when we’re
not right w/ God, we’re on sinking sand.
God is our defender, and we’d better not forget that!
The Bible says, some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we will
remember the name of the Lord!
We can point our finger at Al Qaeda for shedding innocent blood…but we’ve
got 3 fingers pointing back at us! (abortion holocaust!) We should be
praying everyday about that! For every one we kill, the meter is running,
and God’s gonna collect the debt!
Oftentimes God will use war as a judgment against a nation. You read the
history of the nation of Israel, for 490 years they were not right w/ God,
they were rebellious in many ways, and it was all rooted in their refusal to
observe the Sabbath day, and what did God do? He allowed the armies of
Nebuchadnezzar to invade and take them captive for 70 years…ah! Their
sabbath debt was paid in full!
We need to pray for a national revival, and in these last days, it could
happen! Freedom isn’t free, nor is revival!
I thank God for freedom - - those who bought and paid for it with their
lives in the past - - those who will protect it in the present and defend it
in the future.
America has remained silent too long! God-fearing people have remained
silent too long!
We must lift our voices united in a humble prayer to God for guidance and
the strength and courage to sustain us throughout whatever the future may
So, let us stand proud, and let us be the human shields of prayer,
encouragement and support for the President, our troops and their families
and our country.
May God bless America, the land of the free,
the home of the brave and the greatest country on the face of this earth!
Jesus said in Jn. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay
down his life for his friends.
Then Jesus did just that, laid down His life, for you and me. That war is
already won, if you are on the winning side! If you aren’t saved, it’s
spiritual freedom that you need, and it was purchased for you at a very
Raise your hand today if spiritual freedom is what you need. Will you pay
the small price of coming fwd and being saved?
Christians: We need to meet God in prayer today for our nation, for peace,
for our military, and for revival.
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