September 11, Patriot Day, was recently forgotten in the wake of the hurricane. Our nation was not only attacked but thrust into a war against terror and Islamic terrorists. We have continued to deal with Al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as “lone wolf” haters who want to destroy not only our lives but also our religion and civilization. In our church, we thank God for the courage and sacrifice of our military.
The recent saber-rattling of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, as he fires test missiles and threatens to kill millions, is another wake-up call. Pray particularly for President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to have wisdom, certainly in light of the President’s recent warning at the U.N. to “Rocket Man.” Our nation must recognize the absurdity of the “progressive” belief that playing nice with evil people will produce non-aggression or that ignoring their threats will make them go away. While “the wicked...encircle us with words of hate and attack us without cause,” we “give ourselves to prayer” (Psalm 109:2-4). We must say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2).
While “just war,” defense with military options is sometimes justified, our greatest armor is to clothe ourselves in righteousness. “The righteous flourish like the palm tree” while “all evil-doers will be scattered” (Psalm 92:12, 9). The motto of Hawaii, adopted during the era of great missionary work in the islands, is “The life of the land is preserved by righteousness,” stated on July 31, 1843 by King Kamehameha III.
Unrighteousness destroys a nation, as noted by historian Arnold Toynbee. He studied 26 great civilizations which all vanished because in selfishness and misguidedness, they were corrupt in character. The “American experiment” which began July 4, 1776 is threatened by the substitution of rebellion and humanism for righteousness and justice. While not all citizens will become professing Christians, our nation and the leaders can choose to embrace the personal morality, societal ethics, and traditional values that are based on the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and a biblical worldview, remembering our national motto (which is on the wall of our Collier County Government Building): “In God we trust.”