Long before that fateful September 11 morning, another deadly attack was launched against our freedom. Many Americans, including some of our own leaders, had begun to forsake the moral absolutes necessary to preserve our nation's security and stability. Although subtle, the decaying effects of this dangerous shift had already set in, leading to increased vulnerability for our nation. This decay resulted in many negative trends:
Over the years, some leaders lacked the character to make wise decisions.
Radical partisanship prevailed at the expense of the people and our better interests.
Economic prosperity and comfort became more important than principled living.
Human compassion had dwindled for those who were suffering.
Our national defense and security deteriorated and bogged down in mindless debate.
Our intelligence and protection agencies failed to safeguard our security because of bureaucratic tendencies to protect their "turf," thereby short-circuiting clear communication and cooperation.
Spiritual and eternal values were blatantly sacrificed on the altar of selfish material pursuits.
Protecting innocence and the innocent became an object of scorn.
At this critical point in time our country needs wisdom and direction to correct these negative trends. Otherwise, we could find ourselves living in a continual state of emergency. Now that our ideas and freedom are under full assault by a violent, suicidal enemy, we must examine our personal lives and our public values to ensure our moral correctness. Relativism, indifference and selfishness threaten the security, peace and opportunity that made this nation great.
September 11 showed us that it is not enough to just be right; we must also be prepared to fight. At the same time, it is not enough to just fight; we must be morally right. That is to say, while we continue to purge the oppressive regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and put pressure on other terrorist groups wherever they may hide, we must show the common people of these countries that America is a force for good in the world.
Goodness starts at home. It starts in our individual lives and then assimilates into our corporations, institutions and government on all levels.
Look for the greatness and genius of America in her bustling ports or busy highways. You will not find it there. Look across the vast plains or majestic mountains. It is not there. Look on Wall Street or Main Street. It is not there. Look in the halls of Congress or in the state capitols. You will not find it there. But look in the soup kitchens, the schools, or the churches, and there you will find the secret. America is great because she was founded on great moral principles. If our citizens ever abandon their principles, based on love and truth, America will cease to be great.
Let us defend our freedom at home and abroad. But let us most vigorously defend the freedom that inspires and allows us to share our blessings.
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
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