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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Trusting in Chariots?

By Scott Harrup
Nov. 9, 2014

It is Sept. 11 as I write this, cause for reflection on the sacrifices so many men and women in uniform and their families have made while protecting our nation since the devastating terrorist attacks of 2001. I am deeply grateful to them.

When I pray for our military, I also remember that God has providentially brought about our nation’s victories during these intervening years. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7, NIV).

God’s aid and protection are not automatic. They most often come in response to our faithfulness to Him. I believe the United States, albeit flawed in many ways, has upheld key biblical values. Americans of faith throughout our history have relied on God, and that reliance has been foundational to the nation’s growth, prosperity and protection.

But that could change.

Some today, even within churches, equate any call for holiness with legalism. They believe rules for godly living are incompatible with the gospel’s foundation of God’s grace. Yet, one of the clearest mandates for holy living comes in a New Testament epistle aimed at an audience of spiritually struggling believers.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:8-10).

The victories our armed forces have achieved with God’s help could be replaced tomorrow with resounding defeat. In the 13 years since 9/11, America has not “come near to God.” Rather, our society is rejecting God’s revealed guidelines for living more thoroughly than at any time in U.S. history.

Perhaps, this week as our nation honors its veterans, followers of Christ would do well to dedicate themselves to “grieve, mourn and wail” over America’s moral decay. If there is to be any measure of revival, it must begin within the Church.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” That, in a nutshell, is the greatest strategy for victory.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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