What I am thankful for today

I have as much to be thankful for as any man that ever lived.  But today I am gripped, stunned and collapsing beneath a weight of gratitude.   I am thunderstruck with thankfulness over this one thing: God’s mercy on America.  Seven times in our history when we would have been destroyed, and by all accounts should have been destroyed, God intervened.  Read on.

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Seven Miracles that Saved America

 “In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection — Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. … I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs the affairs of men!”

—Benjamin Franklin, 1787

“There is no overwhelming proof, but deep inside we know. And to those who believe, it also seems clear that these events took place with the direction and purpose. Despite our weaknesses, which are many, and our failings, which have existed since our inception, God has been willing to intervene so that this nation might survive.”

– Chris and Ted Stewart, 2009

The Founding Fathers regularly wrote that they considered themselves to be doing God’s work in establishing the United States. This habit was not just confined to the conspicuously devout, such as Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams but also to such secular saints as Jefferson and Franklin, the so-called Deists.  More to the point, they fervently believed — and often asserted — that God in his Providence actively intervened in events to make their efforts successful.

Today, we often dismiss such rhetoric as “just the way people talked back then” and explain how politicians of a certain era used it to rally an overwhelmingly religious populace behind them.

In their terrific new book, Seven Miracles that Saved America: Why they Matter, Why We Should Have Hope, former Air Force officer Chris Stewart and his brother, U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart, argue forcefully that the Founders not only meant what they said, but they were right.

The Stewarts look at seven instances in which overwhelming odds had to be beaten for the United States to exist in its current form. While some might argue over their meaning or the significance of some of their “miracles,” the unlikely circumstances that saved the day in several cases will have even a hardcore secularist taking a second look:

  • The extraordinary unlikelihood that America was colonized due to the efforts of an ambitious navigator with humble beginnings  – rather than perhaps the greatest fleet ever assembled for just such a purpose– which “discovered” North America about 70 years before Columbus.
  • The million-to-one odds that saved the English colonization of America as a fleet crossing the Atlantic arrives in Jamestown minutes before it was to be abandoned.
  • The fortuitous fog that saved Washington’s army that was as well-timed — and accurate — as any artillery smokescreen.
  • The discovery of the Japanese fleet heading toward Midway in the vastness of the Pacific during World War II by an American reconnaissance airplane extending its search well beyond its operational range.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

While this book makes a theological and political point, the emphasis in Seven Miracles that Saved America is on storytelling. The Stewarts employ an unusual device — novelizing part of each chapter, much like the Shaaras or Alan Eckert — while sticking to known facts and actual quotes. This makes for an extremely engaging, if rather quirky, narrative.

The authors open with the fascinating — and not well known account — of how America should have been colonized by the Chinese, rather than by Western Europeans.  Even if the Chinese did not discover the American continents, though it seems likely they should have, with their massive fleet and more advanced technology.

However, the glorious fleet that was sent on a mission of discovery, returned to a China that had changed and become inward-focused and xenophobic. The records of the exploration were burned, and the fabled fleet was left to rot, along with China’s expansionist ambitions.  (For more on this, check out last year’s interesting, if flawed, book, 1421.)

The next chapter, The Miracle at Jamestown, continues the discussion of the religious and cultural nature of those who colonized America and why it was important. While the Stewarts propose the obvious, that those who followed Columbus were culturally very different than the navy of Zheng He, the authors assert it was also very important that a Protestant presence be established in America. They contend the competition among Christian sects led to the religious diversity and tolerance that formed the basis of the United States.

Their story of how close Jamestown came to failure and abandonment is gripping reading.  How it was saved is one of the more convincing cases for the word “miracle” in the book—along with the “mysterious fog” that saved Washington’s army in New York in the Revolutionary War, allowing him to pull off a Dunkirk-like evacuation and live to fight another day.

Many might put the circumstances of extraordinary events down to the American character that results from free men, for the first time in history, being allowed to operate on principles of liberty.  It’s not unusual, for instance, to hear the term “the miracle of the Constitution.”  It’s just unusual — today, at least — for it to be meant as literally as the Stewarts’ assert.

This is particularly true in the chapters in which the authors see the hand of God in the timing of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan assuming the presidency in times of crisis.

Easily the most controversial chapter — and the most likely to raise the ire of some country club Republicans, much less Democrats — is the chapter saying that Ronald Reagan not only won the Cold War but also saved America.

The Stewarts, however, point out that George H.W. Bush, while a good man, did call the Reagan economic agenda “voodoo economics” during the Republican primaries. Even if Bush 41 truly was aboard, he would not have had the political oomph to push it through a Democrat-controlled Congress.GodBlessAmerica

More importantly, Bush was from the “realist” foreign policy tradition, which would have looked for “stability” and détente over real change. The most persuasive point the authors make here is to remind us that, after all of Reagan’s successes in putting the USSR on the ropes, Bush ordered a “reassessment” of U.S. relations with the Soviets upon taking office.

While the first Bush administration was “reassessing,” communism collapsed, and 41 was too surprised to even celebrate the Berlin Wall coming down, as Reagan had predicted.

Of course, such pivotal battles as Gettysburg and Midway had hundreds of little moments that one could argue “changed the course of history.” In the case of Midway, for example, the authors are persuasive in their argument that nearly every one of those moments miraculously went the Americans’ way.

In the case of Gettysburg, for instance, they could easily have titled the chapter, “The Miracle of Friendly Fire.”  Had Stonewall Jackson, the South’s best tactician and Lee’s greatest commander been with him at Gettysburg … who knows?  Jackson was easily the most important figure in American military history to be mistakenly shot by his own troops.

Those of a determinedly secular mindset may be apt to dismiss this book too quickly.  Even if you reject the premise out of hand and prefer to think of it as “Seven Statistically Wildly Improbable Coincidences that Saved America,”this book is worth your time.

In each case, the Stewarts do a masterful job of setting the stage of not only why the odds were stacked against the outcome we take for granted but also in reminding us of what was at stake.  Each chapter, it could be argued, is as good a one-chapter treatment of a momentous time as you are likely to find anywhere—particularly setting the stage for the Civil War, and demolishing the notion that slavery was a side issue.

Which brings us to the authors’ ultimate point. As bad as things seem now, America has been much closer to the precipice in its history. The Stewarts write that if God did not let the nation fail, or fall to its enemies then, there is no reason to suppose he is done with America yet.

The end may not be near after all.

P.S.  I am gripped by hope but equally sobered by the fact that today is unique in our history.  This is the first time that America has been led by God haters.  That hatred extends to every vestige of Christian influence on America.  Our leaders are, in fact, shaking their fists at God.

We are in desperate need of a new mercy, a mercy unlike any that we have ever known.  Today I am stunned by the fact that we will be shown mercy.  It will not be easy, it will be costly and we can certainly expect that God will even allow crisis that will, in the end, save the Republic.  It begins today with hearts full of gratitude for past mercy and a new passion to repent and pray.  Your prayers are powerful.  We must cease with lukewarm intercession and graduate into prevailing prayer for America.  MM

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Obama threatens those that write anything against him.

 

WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Woodward’s Not Alone – Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat

8:39AM Thursday
February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward isn’t the only person who’s received threats for airing the Obama administration’s dirty laundry.  It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days – even former senior members of the Clinton administration.

A day after Woodward’s claim that a senior White House official had told him he would “regret” writing a column criticizing President Obama’s stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington Times.

Davis told WMAL that his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.”  Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”

Davis says he does not know if the White House official involved in his case is the same one who is alleged to have threatened Woodward, but he says the language used in both cases is very similar.  In any case, Davis says his editor, Solomon, was not worried by the threat.

“He didn’t take it seriously, because he didn’t think that could ever happen.  He thought it was bluster,” Davis told WMAL. “I called three senior people at the White House, and I said, ‘I want this person to be told this can never happen again, and it’s inappropriate.’  I got a call back from someone who was in the White House saying it will never happen again.”

BOB WOODWARD: A ‘Very Senior’ White House Person

Warned Me I’d ‘Regret’ What I’m Doing

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Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.

“I think they’re confused,” Woodward said of the White House’s pushback on his reporting.

Earlier today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.

“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?'” Woodward said on MSNBC.

“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?'” Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ … because of some budget document?”

Woodward began stirring controversy last weekend, when he called out Obama for what he said was “moving the goal posts” on the sequester by requesting that revenue be part of a deal to avert it.

Woodward: Obama’s Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”

Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision “a kind of madness.”

Woodward: Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’ Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document? Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.

Time to pray the madman out!  By Mario Murillo

This is a moment of madness.  Obama like Nero of Rome has lost his mind.  He wants to keep spending and raise taxes this bad?  So bad in fact that he is pouting  refusing to deploy an Aircraft Carrier  to the Persian Gulf where it would stand as a deterrent to Iran and protector of Israel.

Daily he has fed us lies about what the SEQUESTER would do but to do this????  For those who have been under a rock let me explain that Obama came up with the idea of automatic spending cuts if he did not reach an agreement with Republicans by March.   Then he refused to negotiate in good faith for spending cuts.  At the last moment he turns the tables and blames the Republicans for not reaching an agreement and then he begins lying about the damage that the automatic cuts would do.  All this so he can keep spending and raising taxes.

Now in a dangerous game of chicken, he recalls an Aircraft Carrier.   He disregards human life in his quest for power.

People ask me, “Mario, are you praying for our president?”  Yes I am.  I am praying him out of office. “But Mario, why don’t you pray for God to change his heart?”  I am, but I want God to change his heart when he is out of office and facing the consequences of his abuse of power.  If a pilot is drunk in the cockpit I am not going to pray for a change of heart.  Get him out of the cockpit and then pray for repentance. 

A few days ago, Obama essentially fired the American news media.  He is done answering questions.  We can understand that the media is not going to do anything about this.  Like battered wives they still love Obama.  So in my prayers I am moving on to another target.

Here is my prayer over this situation:  Today I am asking God to do a miracle in Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House.  I am asking for them to grow a conscience and to force this madman out of office before he destroys this nation.  We do not need to impeach Obama we need to fire him.

How can you as a democratic leader sleep at night knowing you are condoning this man’s outright evil?  How can you look in the mirror and continue to remain silent about the tyranny of this man?  History will call you a traitor and a coward.  You have the power, the Republicans do not.  Wake up and give us back our country! 

As far as Christians who still support Obama this comment at our website from Linda sums up my conviction:

“As a Christian….and having paid attention to Obama….the President…. I am beside myself….I seriously cannot understand how a Christian could possibly have voted for him… My spirit….knows well that he is laughing at the Christians….to say the very least. There is such a sinister presence in this nation…which I am so well aware of….personally I do not feel man can turn this around….unless repentance occurs and a revival……which corporate prayer could and would be essential to kick-start the “Revival”………have already been praying for revival……God Bless and lift you up.”

Woodward: Obama’s Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”

Woodward: Obama’s Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”

Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision “a kind of madness.”

Woodward: Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’ Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president because of some budget document? Under the Constitution, the president is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the president going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement, I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country. That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Time to pray the madman out!  By Mario Murillo

This is a moment of madness.  Obama like Nero of Rome has lost his mind.  He wants to keep spending and raise taxes this bad?  So bad in fact that he is pouting  refusing to deploy an Aircraft Carrier  to the Persian Gulf where it would stand as a deterrent to Iran and protector of Israel.

Daily he has fed us lies about what the SEQUESTER would do but to do this????  For those who have been under a rock let me explain that Obama came up with the idea of automatic spending cuts if he did not reach an agreement with Republicans by March.   Then he refused to negotiate in good faith for spending cuts.  At the last moment he turns the tables and blames the Republicans for not reaching an agreement and then he begins lying about the damage that the automatic cuts would do.  All this so he can keep spending and raising taxes.

Now in a dangerous game of chicken, he recalls an Aircraft Carrier.   He disregards human life in his quest for power.

People ask me, “Mario, are you praying for our president?”  Yes I am.  I am praying him out of office. “But Mario, why don’t you pray for God to change his heart?”  I am, but I want God to change his heart when he is out of office and facing the consequences of his abuse of power.  If a pilot is drunk in the cockpit I am not going to pray for a change of heart.  Get him out of the cockpit and then pray for repentance. 

A few days ago, Obama essentially fired the American news media.  He is done answering questions.  We can understand that the media is not going to do anything about this.  Like battered wives they still love Obama.  So in my prayers I am moving on to another target.

Here is my prayer over this situation:  Today I am asking God to do a miracle in Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House.  I am asking for them to grow a conscience and to force this madman out of office before he destroys this nation.  We do not need to impeach Obama we need to fire him.

How can you as a democratic leader sleep at night knowing you are condoning this man’s outright evil?  How can you look in the mirror and continue to remain silent about the tranny of this man?  History will call you a traitor and a coward.  You have the power, the Republicans do not.  Wake up and give us back our country! 

As far as Christians who still support Obama this comment at our website from Linda sums up my conviction:

“As a Christian….and having paid attention to Obama….the President…. I am beside myself….I seriously cannot understand how a Christian could possibly have voted for him… My spirit….knows well that he is laughing at the Christians….to say the very least. There is such a sinister presence in this nation…which I am so well aware of….personally I do not feel man can turn this around….unless repentance occurs and a revival……which corporate prayer could and would be essential to kick-start the “Revival”………have already been praying for revival……God Bless and lift you up.”