"'Be Gone, Satan!' Those were the last words spoken by Father Jacques Hamel, the elderly Catholic priest who had his throat slit by two Islamic terrorists, while he was conducting mass in his church, in Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray, northern France." (Dispatches across Eternity, Aug. 5, 2016)
This strikes me as a good prayer for America, today. I got up early on the 4th and spent some time watching my fellow Americans in their cars, motorhomes and trucks pulling trailers through a small town in flyover country. Americans off to enjoy the holiday.
It's easy to forget – and good to remember – just how incredibly blessed this nation was at its beginning. Natural resources, hardworking people, ingenuity and a common religious faith that held them together. The families who lived their lives here since our founding. The inconceivable, insurmountable odds our founders took on just to give us this nation. There truly is enough here for everyone to live well and pass on that abundance to the next generation.
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The problems America faces are nearly always brought forth by our politicians (statesmen are rare). In the proposed solution to each problem that is politically identified, the politician's name always figures large in the "bill" to solve it. These people love nothing more than hearing their own voice. Would that they knew what it really sounds like to the rest of us!
America's "problems" are frequently manufactured by these "problem-solving" politicians, as a way to get a name for themselves and gain election to even higher office. Each "problem" demands a new stream of money for the government to spend however the politicians decide to spend it. Once the cash comes in, the "problem" is frequently forgotten by the politicos. At some point it would be prudent for We the People to ask how a nobody with nothing gets elected – and leaves a few years later a multi-millionaire.
We ignore the spiritual component of humanity at our peril. In our "enlightened age," which is pretty much like the "enlightened age" that came before – but with entirely contradictory ideas – the spiritual side of men and women does not exist. Tell us we are wrong, and we'll throw you out of our elitist colleges; you won't get a cushy job or a fat paycheck. Instead you'll have to work for a living. Surprisingly enough, the bulk of America either had done, is doing, or will do exactly that.
Oddly enough, that is exactly what the Creator told the first humans what would happen when they chose Satan's lies about the world over God's truth. They got the boot from the Garden of Eden. It's been a long and often painful journey for the human family. Often, those who protest God's involvement in our world are perfectly OK with Satan's efforts; indeed, they applaud them. Expect further enlightenment about this with the court-ordered release of Jeffrey Epstein's Pedophile Island sweetheart deal with former President George W. Bush's Department of Justice, and Epstein's long-term friendship with President Bill Clinton.
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Satan has never been humanity's friend. Much of the twisted world we see around us bears evidence of that. Yet the elites demand that God be kept out of the nation's classrooms, while they hold open the door for Satan and his advisers.
The Christian church in America bears both the blame for not resisting these elitist efforts, and the power to end this madness. Not the politicians flashing our money back at us. Not the grievance industry with its fat nonprofits and NGOs. Not the academic world with its anemic vision of men and women as simply another animal species to be experimented upon. Certainly not the corrupt elitist families running the world behind the great Oz's curtain.
No, it's you – each individual soul within the Christian church. God answers prayers; provided we humble ourselves and ask. We don't need anything fancy. Just the simple prayer uttered by Father Jacques Hamel with his last breath. "Be Gone, Satan!"
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