SPRINGFIELD, MO. Shortly before my father was hit and killed
by a drunken driver in 1969, he wrote these words that remain relevant
"Thousands of young men have sacrificed their lives in the jungles
of Vietnam. Thousands more have been injured. Yet Americans at home
remain unmoved amid their quest for pleasure and security.
"Early Americans believed real pleasure and security for their
families and the nation depended on their dedication to Jesus Christ.
They believed effectual prayer and obedience assured the nations
protection against her enemies. How foolish we are as a nation to disregard
the faith of our forefathers.
"Americas prosperity and opportunity are the result of Gods
blessing. But sin has taken its toll. Proverbs 14:34 says, Righteousness
exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
"Today few of our leaders truly fear God. The underlying self-confidence
that comes from nuclear weapons, wealth and know-how has left our nation
vulnerable to the venomous attacks of unbelief, godlessness and immorality.
"In past wars there was an assurance of Gods underlying
protection, but today we enter battle with uncertainty. When the Children
of Israel put their trust in the Lord, they were invincible. The Syrians
fled. The Philistines, Egyptians, Ethiopians and others trembled because
of Gods evident blessing upon them.
"What will it take for us as a nation to seek Gods face
and regain His blessing? I can only pray that it will not take a catastrophe
to turn us back to God."
My father could have never imagined the tragedy of September 11. But,
in the 1960s, he watched in horror as bombs in Vietnam monopolized the
evening news. He feared a self-reliant America had grown apathetic toward
God. If he were alive today Im confident my fathers message
would remain unchanged: As America goes to war against terrorism, may
she confess her sins, return to God, and march into battle armed with
the blessing of the Lord.