Awakening the Warrior Heart of America

We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression – to preserve freedom and peace…We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.”
- President Ronald Reagan, Address to the Nation, March 23, 1983

In America today, we have worshipers, but few are also warriors. Why? David was a worshiper and a warrior – he loved and depended on God completely, but was also a warrior, with the courage to face a giant that no one else would.

O my Strength, I watch for you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.
- David, Psalm 59:9

Look around you. Do you see many Davids?

Of course the brave men and women who voluntarily serve in the armed forces are excluded from this line of questioning. Their service to our country is beyond reproach and is the bulwark of our freedom. I’m talking about the rest of us who are benefactors of our military brethren and their selfless sacrifice.

The 80 percent of Americans who call themselves Christians (including me) are in large part betrayers of our unique American legacy. Not only have we allowed God to be pushed off center stage, but we’ve relinquished our duty to elect Godly men to public office. Our nation is hanging by a thread because of the pacifism of the church body...we’ve accepted the lie that being nice, staying out of politics, and avoiding conflict and confrontation at all costs is what Jesus would have us do. Wrong! Jesus was a warrior at heart, exposing hypocrites, facing down evil, rebuking demons and ultimately enduring a torturous death that few can fathom. Do you think it was “nice” of Jesus to overturn the tables, make a whip out of cords and drive the money changers from the temple area?

Would you agree that Christians in America have, by in large, become soft, wishy washy and often pushovers? I feel we’re so preoccupied with being “nice, compassionate and accepting,” that we have forgotten how to stand up for what we believe, confront evil and defend our faith against the God-less political forces consuming our society. The lie that politics and religion don’t mix has eroded the very foundations that built this nation in a revival of religion. It is impossible to govern justly without morality and religion and we’re learning this the hard way.

How can the church continue its blatant disregard of the need for warriors to defend the faith and engage the spiritual warfare that is at our doorstep? Evil is real, it is present and it is everywhere. But somehow we’ve lost our moral courage and conviction to stand firm as so many previous generations have. What if my grandfather’s generation had responded to Japans’ brazen attack on Pearl Harbor with “no, we can’t get involved, we need to turn the other cheek because that’s what Jesus would have us do”?

Appeasing evil only invites more of it. Dismissing evil only encourages it to grow. When Adolf Hitler witnessed the world’s disgraceful, sheepish response to Islam’s brutal massacre of over a million Armenian Christians in Turkey in the early 1900s, he was emboldened to launch a campaign of brutality and conquest of his own.

We ought to be disgusted by the pacifists who sit smugly in their pews on Sunday while political Islam (and Sharia law) advance and take root in America. If not confronted, it will threaten our hard-won freedoms – especially our ability to worship freely. We’ve lost our will to fight and the vision to see clearly the battles of good and evil that rage throughout our land.

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What will it take to awaken the warrior heart of America? Are we prepared to defend the last bastion of freedom and liberty on earth? We must rediscover that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” I believe in the might and perseverance of the American people and my confidence in the spirit of a mostly free people remains high. But the time has come to stand up and stand tall…for, in the words of Thomas Paine, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
(The Crisis, No. 4, 1777)

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