America passed the "heart check," even though visible signs of deadly diseases still threaten our nation's future health and well being. The prayerful refrain from the song heard repeatedly during the baseball playoffs and World Series, "God Bless America," was indeed heard and answered.
We were blessed because:
The John Kerry that conceded and spoke so eloquently after a heartbreaking loss revealed the actions necessary to move America forward on every important front. He was gracious and nonpartisan in his decision to abstain from any attempt to litigate a different vote count. The Senator we heard on Wednesday could have possibly won the election, but this is not the John Kerry who campaigned. That candidate was unstable, unknowable, mean-spirited, critical, unpredictable, and unelectable by a clear majority of the voting population.
- A record number of free citizens cast their important votes.
- Americans chose a President unashamed of his faith, who believes prayer is meaningful and openly shared his deep, principled convictions without wavering.
- History's greatest democracy revealed its nature and, in so many ways, its value.
- Moral values proved to be very important to many Americans. (I personally believe even more would have cast their votes with the prevailing majority had the media not so deceptively distorted the truth and the real issues.)
- Family and marriage still matter.
- Americans demonstrated the necessary resolve to fight terrorism until it is fully defeated.
- We will not give up on helping to establish enduring freedom in Iraq.
- America still desires to share freedom's blessings with others.
- Voters recognized that excessive taxation hinders productivity and economic growth.
- Reprobates (those who don't recognize right from wrong or differentiate between good and evil) will not determine the course of our nation.
- Rock stars, Hollywood entertainers, rich extremists, and judicial activists will not steamroll the will of the people.
The powerful, extreme left, championed by Michael Moore, George Soros, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Alec Baldwin and their ilk, spent millions of dollars and countless hours in an attempt to hijack the social and political agenda. But the people of America -- the ordinary citizens that they despise so much -- rejected their ideology.
People of faith must pray for attitudes and relationships to be healed. Instead of polarizing America, we must be the shining, penetrating, transforming light that the Scriptures tell us to be.
In Washington, partisanship must yield to statesmanship. Both sides must seek to genuinely hear one another, then come together to do what is best for people and freedom all over the world, while upholding absolute principles.
We must continue to build strong military defense and homeland security while concurrently reaching out in compassion to meet the desperate needs of people worldwide. We must openly seek to hear our allies, and even perceived enemies, in order to build understanding and improve relationships, without compromising the principles upon which our present security and future success depends. And remember, loving our neighbors (even our enemies) is not a compromise. Failing to do so may be our greatest compromise.
God has blessed America and He will continue to do so as long as we choose to bless Him by blessing others.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE
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