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|Facing Pure Evil||09/04/2003|
The world has never faced a war or enemy such as the one we now face. It is far bigger than Iraq or al-Qaeda. It is pure evil personified and spewed out on the world. It is evil often propagated by twisted, religious zealots.
I believe this evil can be defeated, but wisdom is crucial. The enemy cannot be readily identified or eliminated as a single maniacal dictator, such as Adolph Hitler. There are more than a million miniature Hitlers all over the world and in our own midst—we call them "terrorists." They are suicidal and murderous, willing to die in order to take out 10 people or 10 million. Their targets range from large sporting events to children's parks; from five-star restaurants to fast-food outlets; from the heart of Jerusalem to the heart of America. All forms of travel are both targets and potential delivery systems for mass destruction.
Some terrorists will be very impatient, striking out in ineffective, poorly planned attacks. Others will be calculating enough to lease space in a high-rise building and deliver their weapon in a briefcase hidden under a rented desk after they are long gone. Hundreds of scenarios exist and there is not enough military might to completely defeat or control this enemy. Supernatural wisdom and direction is our only hope.
The Barna Research Group reports that 96% of Americans believe in a "higher power." We must meet this higher power. We must know the mind, will and way of God, because it is only through God that we can find control and security.
Our leaders must have the heart, the courage and the humility to lead us without the fear of men and their opinions. Decisions must be guided by the absolute, unshakable principles upon which freedom was established and will safely stand.
The principles upon which our nation was established -- ideas such as justice, peace, freedom and sacrifice -- are our only safeguards. Those nations and individuals throughout the world who fail to understand these principles will never willingly make the sacrifices necessary to ensure freedom's survival.
In President F.D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address, the famous "the only thing we have to fear" declaration was made in this context:
"This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory."
President Reagan had the "frankness and vigor" to stand up against the Soviet threat. In our times of prayer together, he sought wisdom from above. He found the courage to "convert retreat into advance" and demand that the Soviets "tear down this wall" in Berlin because he knew that the forces of good would eventually overcome the cruel and oppressive forces of evil. Backed by military superiority, America and the free world presented a better idea than Marxism. Ultimately, only a better idea can prevail over flawed ideology.
President Bush understands this truth today. He knows the depths of hatred and malevolence behind the terrorist activities around the world. Yet, he too knows that good will ultimately triumph over evil. He continues to lead our nation out of the dark hour of 9/11 and with the support of the people will march onward to victory. He does not fear evil; he faces it. At the same time, he does not spurn God's wisdom; he embraces it.
Our nation needs God-given insight, power, protection, direction and wisdom at this critical moment in human history. There is no quick solution to the challenges we now face. It will not soon go away. Only those who are strong, principled and willing to sacrifice will endure and overcome. To face the evil that murders the innocent, frightens the weak and enslaves the willing, we must reach Higher, seek wisdom and stand strong.