11/2/04: America's Heart Check


Next Tuesday, Americans will reveal in many ways the moral, mental and spiritual health of our nation. We're choosing far more than a President and other national leaders. We are openly revealing the deep convictions and beliefs of our own hearts. 

Do we really believe faith matters?

Are there sound, absolute principles upon which our lives and families must be established and do we have the resolve to withstand the furious assault on true freedom's blessings?

Is marriage between a man and a woman? 

Will Hollywood extremists determine the moral climate?

Should the innocent, unborn be protected? 

Is it wise to promise higher taxes?

Should the security of citizens depend on the decisions of a spineless, corrupt United Nations?

Should we, when necessary, willingly sacrifice our own comfort and even our lives, not only to protect freedom's interests, but also to share the possibility with others who live in oppression? 

Are material interests and the economy more important to voters than the time-proven values that afforded us our prosperity? 

Do we believe what our motto states--that trust in God is a worthy belief? 

Are we so deceived and even demented that we are blind to the manipulative bias of today's most powerful media sources? Can we not see clearly the continual attempt to discredit anyone who holds to the principles that made us great and those who have the character to state their convictions and stand by them? 

Do we want resolved, courageous leadership that will be controlled by positive virtues, rather than the wind of public opinion -- saying whatever is necessary to gain personal political advantage?

Without question, if we lose the war against terror, our economy will be unstable and unpredictable; our security, destroyed; our peace and freedom, disrupted; and the comfort we have known will be replaced by a continual sense of fear and anxiety. But in reality, it is the enemy within, seeking to destroy our foundational principles, that is potentially more dangerous than the heartless, vicious and deranged terrorists. 

My wife, Betty, and I recently had heart scans and were thrilled to find no blockage or disease. We were told that we appeared to have the health and strength of athletes. 

I pray that next week I will find myself rejoicing to an even greater degree when the responsible American voter reveals that our nation is in better health than some may have imagined. If we pass this "heart check," we will be able to overcome the challenge of terror, as well as every other fierce assault on freedom's blessings. May God help us pass this most important test.

Author: James Robison

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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes. For more information, log on to www.lifetoday.org.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, randy.robison at loi.org

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