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VIDEO Many People Are Becoming Aware of the Very Serious Coup d’état that is Being Carried Out by Supranational Powers – God, Family, Country

EXCLUSIVE: “Many People Are Becoming Aware of the Very Serious Coup d’état that is Being Carried Out by Supranational Powers” – Archbishop Vigano on the Election of Giorgia Milano

By Joe Hoft September 27, 2022

Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano shares with The Gateway Pundit his reaction to the 2022 election of Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano shares with The Gateway Pundit his observation and reaction to the recent Italian election where Giorgia Meloni was elected the first female Prime Minister in Italy.

Archbishop Vigano shares in part the following on the reaction of voters to the ruling class:

Certainly, most of the abstainers express the will not to accept taking part in a game, so to speak, in which the rules are decided by others. But to these must also be added those who do not vote due to trivial disinterest, or more simply – and this seems to me to be the case of the majority – because they are disgusted by a political class that has proven to be unworthy and corrupt beyond words.

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On the destruction of Italy by the Italian Dems:

The Italian Dems have combined the worst of communist collectivism with the worst of consumer liberalism, in the name of an agenda that benefits the high finance lobby using emergencies like pandemics, energy crises and wars with the sole purpose of destroying the traditional social fabric.

Vigano waits to see what this new Prime Minister will do.

It remains to be seen whether the first woman Prime Minister will be able to distinguish herself from her predecessors or if she will prefer to bow to the deep stateand continuethe betrayal of Italian people.

Italians are waking up to the world elites:

It seems to me that many people are becoming aware of the very serious coup d’état that is being carried out by supranational powers, capable of interfering with a heavy hand with the activities of governments and international bodies. The world of business and work is beginning to understand the deliberate action of destruction of the national economic fabric that has been carried out first by Covid and then by the war in Ukraine.

Below is Archbishop Vigano’s transcript provided to The Gateway Pundit.

+Cmv Reflections on Italian Election by Jim Hoft on Scribd

Below are the Archbishop’s remarks in Italian.

New PM of Italy, Giorgia Meloni: We Will Defend God, Country, & Family

“They’re Panicked Because They Know the Current System is Doomed” – Tucker Carlson’s Opening on the Elite’s Reaction to Giorgia Meloni’s Win in Italy

By Joe Hoft September 27, 2022

Tucker Carlson had an excellent opening last night discussing the Italian election and the victor, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Tucker showed some of Meloni’s recent speeches and discussed the ramifications of the vote in Italy.  He correctly points out that those in charge will never learn.  They think they are above all this.

They’re panicked because they know the current system in doomed.  And in fact, what happened last night in Italy is the best-case scenario for them.  Because it was a peaceful transfer of power.  That’s a good thing.  That’s what you want.

In a democracy, people should be allowed to have some influence on the priorities of the government that claims to represent them. And when they speak in an election, the people who have been repudiated have a moral obligation to take a second and ask, ‘why didn’t they like what I was offering them?’.

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They have a right to an opinion, in fact their opinion is at the center of our system, this democracy.  But they never ask themselves that.  They never take any blame whatsover.  They didn’t in 2016 when Trump got elected.  They immediately blamed Putin, or Macedonian bot farms.  They never blame themselves, and so they never learned a single thing from what happened…

The beurocrats who drove Italians to seek a change peacefully at the ballot box, are completely unwilling to learn from that vote.

Here is the entire opening.

WATCH: Trump-Endorsed Kari Lake Joins Tucker Carlson After Italy Elects Its FIRST Female Populist Leader: “If They’re Not Attacking You, You’re Probably Not Truly Representing The People Of Your Country”

By Jordan Conradson September 26, 2022

Trump-Endorsed Kari Lake joined Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday to respond to the election of Italy’s new Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni. 

The Gateway Pundit recently reported on his historic feat of electing their first female leader — who is also a Center Right populist.

Meloni understands what is good and what is right: God, family, and country.

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Because of this, the globalist left Fake News Media tried all they could to smear her as a fascist and prevent her from being elected.

Republican Arizona Gubernatorial Nominee Kari Lake, who is in a similar position and facing the same attacks, recently spoke out in support of Meloni.

The video below tells you exactly why the globalist elitist establishment tried so hard to stop her.

On Monday, Kari Lake joined Tucker Carlson after an incredible opening, where he explained the tactics used to stop Meloni.

The Gateway Pundit previously reported on her last appearance, where Tucker said he could see why the establishment is trying to stop Kari.

On tonight’s appearance, Lake told Tucker, “What I am scared to death of is what happens if we don’t step in right at this moment and do something, afraid of the world that our children will live in.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene agreed with Lake and shared the same fears in a recent tweet.

Watch the full interview below.

Carlson: So you were one of the very first American politicians to weigh in on this election. You were paying attention, which I appreciated. What do you make of this?

Lake: I’m so excited. You know, it’s funny. I looked this Italian Ms. Meloni up when I heard about her about a week ago, and I couldn’t find any straight-up information on her. Everything was, ‘she’s a fascist, she’s a racist. She’s this, she’s that,’ and I thought, ‘wow. This is somebody who I can relate to’ because they’re doing the same thing about me. And it makes me realize that if they’re not calling you all of these slurs, if they’re not attacking you, then you’re probably not truly representing the people of your country.

Carlson: But it’s just so interesting that this is a change. If you’re elected in Arizona, it will be a change. Donald Trump was a change. The people who are rejected by voters in this representative democracy that we have, never for one second learn anything from that rejection. Why do you think that is?

Lake: I don’t know. I can’t get into their minds. But I mean, I think of the Marjorie Taylor Greenes of the world, the Congressman Paul Gosars, the Donald Trumps of the world, what’s happening in Italy, myself. The people who are truly understanding what’s happening in this country, which is we’re losing this country, are the ones who are being attacked. And I’m on the campaign trail; we’re working six to 10 events a day. We’re working really hard, and I had somebody reach out to me the other day and say, ‘Kari, you are fearless. You are so fearless. you’re not afraid of anything.’ And I stopped him, and I said, Actually, I have great fear. I’m not afraid of the fake news. I’m not afraid of the globalist. I’m not afraid of anything that I’m facing on the campaign trail. I’m not afraid of the cartels. What I am scared to death of is what happens if we don’t step in right at this moment and do something, afraid of the world that our children will live in. That’s what scares me to death.

NOT AFRAID: Kari Lake Won’t Back Down From Attacks, Instead BLASTS Fake News & Globalists

President Giorgia Meloni Speech at CPAC 2022


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VIDEO ITALY: Conservative leader Giorgia Meloni: “It is absurd that the Left wants us to remove crucifixes from classrooms, while they allow Islam to take over neighborhoods”

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 BY BARENAKEDISLAM

During a debate on an Italian talk show, the leader of the anti-mass Muslim immigration party Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) and a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Giorgia Meloni, defended her party’s support of the famous motto: “God, Country, and Family.”

RAIR Foundation Meloni also spoke of the importance of Christians being proud and open about their identities:
“I don’t believe we ought to hide our identity, in order to respect others. Which is what leftists believe. It is paradoxical to remove crucifixes from our classrooms, while accepting that entire European neighborhoods have been taken over by Islamic sharia. I don’t get it, honestly.”
The leader, predicted to become Italy’s next prime minister under a new conservative coalition government, reminded the audience that “Christian values have molded our civilization.”

VIDEO One Man. One Nation. One God.

George Washington was a remarkable man. We know him as a respected military general, founding father, and U.S. president, but he was also a mighty man of God. Join Pastor Jack at Mt. Vernon as he shares about this extraordinary patriot’s life.

If you love America, are you really a ‘white Christian nationalist?’

By Owen Strachan

These days, the younger generation is encouraged to despise their American birthright. According to this worldview, the United States was a force for oppression in centuries past, and racism, baked into the very structure of the republic, constitutes the true narrative of the American people. And what is this worldview’s solution to our country’s alleged ills? To tear down the existing order, cleanse it of its sins, and reeducate the youth such that they become activists against democracy, free speech, and free thought.

This new mentality is driven by what some call “wokeness.” As I detail in my forthcoming bookChristianity and Wokeness, being woke means “waking up,” per the tenets of Critical Race Theory, to the reality of structural racism and inequity in a society. This entails standing against institutions that mediate oppression through power dynamics—institutions like the family, the church, and the nation-state. There is much to say about wokeness’ anti-institutional commitments, but we shall concern ourselves here with the distinctively anti-national nature of the movement, and the fact that it targets religious people explicitly. Today, defending American ideals and history means one is painted as a proponent of “white Christian nationalism.”

The argument commonly goes that the evangelical movement has lost its moral compass by choosing to support conservative political candidates. Instead of standing for equity, justice, and fairness—buzzwords of the modern ideological revolution—the church allegedly chose to back xenophobia, narrowness, and tribalism.  Wokeness has offered Christians the salutary chance to be “antiracist,” but according to many prominent media voices today, Christian conservatives have rejected this move, instead lending their support to the “white Christian nationalist” movement, thinking they are patriots while actually being racist extremists.

This criticism is fierce, as one can see. It is not playing for a draw. But in this brief piece, I believe it is worth responding to the criticism for the good of the rising generation. I want America’s young people, especially Christians who believe in the power of the Gospel, to hear a stronger and sounder word than these lazy bromides. Let me briefly list out a few responses to the ideology mentioned above.

First, it is not wrong for a Christian to love their country. Every believer is called to love their neighbor as themselves (Mat. 22:34-39), and a country is essentially a great mass of “neighbors.” Does this mean we will love every country the same? No, it will be harder to love a tyrannical state than a free one. Further, America’s real failings as a nation temper our enthusiasm and keep us from enshrining this body politic as perfect. Nevertheless, it is good and right for a believer to seek the good of the city in which they live (Jer. 29:7). There is much to be thankful for as an American citizen. If you and I can be thankful for our local community or a city we treasure, why can we not love our country?

Second, it is right that we be engaged as believers in our country. We are called to pray for kings, honor the emperor, and submit to government as much as we can (1 Tim. 2:5, 1 Peter 2:17, Rom. 13:1-7). All this activity is expressly Christian; we perform such duties not as secularists, but as born-again believers. Christians of all kinds should live in these ways. It is not “white” people who are called to engage our community and country in some form, but all Christ’s church.

Third, it is wrong to identify “white” people as national oppressors in our time. America has real historical failings in terms of slavery and Jim Crow, failings supported by groups of “white” people in days past. And surely “white” people in our day need Jesus just as anyone does. But wokeness would have us see the American church, which does include many “white” people, as a present-day racist force acting to oppress people of color. Could “white” people fall prey to such evil? Yes, any person of any skin color or background could. But is the evangelical church inherently and incurably racist today? This is a claim that is regularly made, but it should be read as a statement of slander rather than a statement of fact. A group that is majority “white” does not automatically an oppressive body make.

The fever dream of many columnists, that a militantly racist body of extremist “white” fundamentalists waits just beyond the city gates to take back America, is downright silly. A whole lot of “white” Christians do want America to thrive, yes. But this does not mean they wish to oppress other people; I am linked up with evangelicals across America, and I don’t know anyone who has this goal. If they did, I would try to talk them out of it!

Fourth, supporting conservative politicians does not make you hateful. It does not make you a “white Christian nationalist.” Over and over, Christians who want their country to flourish have been labeled in such terms for voting for candidates of a Republican or conservative bent. The vast majority of Christians I know supported such candidates in past days because they are ardently pro-life, pro-religious liberty, anti-big government, anti-progressive agenda, and pro-free market. They do not have anything close to an evil vision of America that would ruin the lives of people of color. Nor do they wish to impose a ferocious theocracy on any who dare disagree with them. Instead, they want people of all kinds to be free, prosperous, and able to worship God.

The stereotypes about “white Christian nationalism” will likely endure. There are very well-paid and highly connected journalists and leaders who make such arguments, and all too often they serve as a kind of “house evangelical” for elite media. It makes sense why this would be so. Wokeness is the imperial ideology of our age and standing against it is no popular move in our time. On the political front, it works neatly and nicely to denounce a huge and diverse group of people as promoting the evil specter of “white Christian nationalism.” Sadly, different professing Christians are glad to serve this odious cause.

I encourage Christians, and especially younger Christians, to shake off such name-calling. Be a principled Christian young man or young woman. Serve your local church. Trust and follow Christ, the crucified king. Be “salt and light” in your community, on your campus, wherever God puts you in this land (Mat. 5:13-16). Learn American history, both the regrettable parts and the serious accomplishments. Live without fear. Know that God is good, is building his church, and that whatever the media and academicians may label you, if you are in Christ by faith, you will have your vindication on the last day.

Owen Strachan is the author of Christianity and Wokeness (Salem Books, July 2021). He is Provost and Research Professor of Theology at Grace Bible Theological Seminary, hosts The Antithesis podcast, and is a Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview at the Family Research Council.

https://www.christianpost.com/voices/if-you-love-america-are-you-really-a-white-christian-nationalist.html


VIDEO Memorial Day: A Day to Honor Life

Beth Patch – Senior Producer

Memorial Day – to some it’s merely the beginning of summer and to others it’s a solemn day to remember those who have passed from this life. However, to the war veteran and to the families of fallen soldiers, Memorial Day carries significance so deep that words cannot express their hearts.

When we look into the eyes of those who still mourn these once vibrant men and women, we often sense their loneliness and pain. We hear them choke back tears as they simply say the ranks and names of their military brothers and sisters at a Memorial Day service. White gloves, dress uniforms, rigid posture, and perfectly precisioned salutes represent the reverence and respect flowing from within. Those who have been personally affected by war understand and appreciate this day of remembrance.

What should we say to those who sincerely honor this day? “Happy Memorial Day” doesn’t seem fitting. “I’m sorry for your loss” may be closer to appropriate. What would the fallen soldier want from their comrades and the rest of the country on this day?

In an often quoted Memorial Day speech given in 1884 by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the speaker ended his address with these words, “Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.”

The American soldier who gave his or her life for U.S. citizens to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness won’t be telling us how to observe the holiday. But I believe that Holmes’ proposition to “think of life, not death” would honor the fallen soldier. Their sacrifice follows the example of Jesus Christ laying down His life for our freedom. It’s selfless love for others – not so others can mourn forever, but live!

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16

Notice that in scripture and in military service, the willingness to give up one’s life is not dependent on the worthiness of the people who benefit from the honorable act. In a perfect world, all who receive freedom and grace would be worthy of such a sacrifice and full of gratitude. But that’s not the way it is anywhere on Earth or in Heaven.

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

We are blessed to be living in a free society. May we honor our American soldiers for the liberty we have in this country. May we also give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom we have to spend eternity with Him because of His gift of forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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God has made it possible for you to know Him and experience an amazing change in your own life. Discover how you can find peace with God. You can also send us your prayer requests.

https://www1.cbn.com/devotions/day-honor-life


Memorial Day 2021 – Armed Forces Memorial Day Videos Collection One


VIDEO Gen. Douglas MacArthur: “Duty, Honor, Country!”

By CNSNews.com Staff | November 11, 2020

Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur (d.1964), who was the Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific during World War II, and who was in charge of the surrender and post-war occupation of Japan, was relieved of his command in April 1951 by Democratic President Harry S. Truman.

In accepting the Sylvanus Thayer Award on May 12, 1962 at West Point, the five-star general explained the necessity of adhering to “a great moral code — the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land.” This code, he repeatedly noted, could be discerned in three words, “Duty, Honor, Country.”  Presented here is Gen. MacArthur’s complete speech — audio and text — from May 12, 1962.

General Westmoreland, General Grove, distinguished guests, and gentlemen of the Corps!

As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, “Where are you bound for, General?” And when I replied, “West Point,” he remarked, “Beautiful place. Have you ever been there before?”

No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this [Thayer Award]. Coming from a profession I have served so long, and a people I have loved so well, it fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily to honor a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code — the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent. That is the animation of this medallion. For all eyes and for all time, it is an expression of the ethics of the American soldier. That I should be integrated in this way with so noble an ideal arouses a sense of pride and yet of humility which will be with me always.

Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

Several of the remaining U.S. veterans (in 2015) of the Dec. 7, 1941 Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (AP) 

Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.

The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things they do: They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation’s defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid. They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future yet never neglect the past; to be serious yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. They give you a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.

And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory? Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man-at-arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then as I regard him now — as one of the world’s noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give.

A U.S. veteran of the Dec. 7, 1941 Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (AP) 

He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast. But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. In 20 campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people. From one end of the world to the other he has drained deep the chalice of courage.

As I listened to those songs [of the glee club], in memory’s eye I could see those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy packs, on many a weary march from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, slogging ankle-deep through the mire of shell-shocked roads, to form grimly for the attack, blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to the judgment seat of  God.

I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always, for them: Duty, Honor, Country; always their blood and sweat and tears, as we sought the way and the light and the truth.

And 20 years after, on the other side of the globe, again the filth of murky foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts; those boiling suns of relentless heat, those torrential rains of devastating storms; the loneliness and utter desolation of jungle trails; the bitterness of long separation from those they loved and cherished; the deadly pestilence of tropical disease; the horror of stricken areas of war; their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory — always victory. Always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men reverently following your password of: Duty, Honor, Country.

The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong.

The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training — sacrifice.

In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him.

However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.

You now face a new world — a world of change. The thrust into outer space of the satellite, spheres, and missiles mark the beginning of another epoch in the long story of mankind. In the five or more billions of years the scientists tell us it has taken to form the earth, in the three or more billion years of development of the human race, there has never been a more abrupt or staggering evolution. We deal now not with things of this world alone, but with the illimitable distances and as yet unfathomed mysteries of the universe. We are reaching out for a new and boundless frontier.

We speak in strange terms: of harnessing the cosmic energy; of making winds and tides work for us; of creating unheard synthetic materials to supplement or even replace our old standard basics; to purify sea water for our drink; of mining ocean floors for new fields of wealth and food; of disease preventatives to expand life into the hundreds of years; of controlling the weather for a more equitable distribution of heat and cold, of rain and shine; of space ships to the moon; of the primary target in war, no longer limited to the armed forces of an enemy, but instead to include his civil populations; of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy; of such dreams and fantasies as to make life the most exciting of all time.

And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, standing far left, observes as the Japanese foreign

minister  signs the surrender agreement between Japan and the United States, 

Sept. 2, 1945.  (AP) 

Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishment. But you are the ones who are trained to fight. Yours is the profession of arms,  the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory; that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed; that the very obsession of your public service must be: Duty, Honor, Country.

Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men’s minds; but serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation’s war-guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded, and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.

Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government; whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing, indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be. These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor,Country.

You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nation’s destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds. The Long Gray Line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.

The USS Arizona War Memorial at Pearl Harbor.  (AP) 

This does not mean that you are war mongers.

On the contrary, the soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

The shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here. My days of old have vanished, tone and tint. They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears, and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen vainly, but with thirsty ears, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.

But in the evening of my memory, always I come back to West Point.

Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, Honor, Country.

Today marks my final roll call with you, but I want you to know that when I cross the river my last conscious thoughts will be of The Corps, and The Corps, and The Corps.

I bid you farewell.

https://cnsnews.com/index.php/blog/cnsnewscom-staff/gen-douglas-macarthur-duty-honor-country


America, Our Great Nation, Was Built on Faith

We’re seeing a relentless push to secularize society and demoralize institutions, yet our heritage will keep us free

 

July 4 marks the 243rd anniversary of the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence. Over the years, our presidents have spoken freely of the centrality of God’s Word, the certainty of God’s providence, and the reality of God’s blessing.

I believe their words and their faith will inspire all of us — and give us a new vision for our great land.

More importantly, we will see that the road we’re traveling as a nation was feared by our Founding Fathers — and while there’s still time, their warnings must be heeded.

We’ll begin with our first president, George Washington. He wrote a prayer to “O most glorious God, in Jesus Christ,” and concluded, “Let me live according to those holy rules which Thou hast this day prescribed in Thy holy word … Direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life.”

John Adams, our second president, wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson, our third president, asked, “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?”

Our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, said, “Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”

Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, confided, “I have full confidence in [God’s] goodness and mercy … The Bible is true … I have tried to conform to its spirit as near as possible. Upon that sacred volume, I rest my hope for eternal salvation, through the merits and blood of our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

The Christian writings of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, would fill an entire book. In 1863, Lincoln declared in a proclamation calling for a national day of prayer and fasting: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven … We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined … that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. … we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us.”

Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president, wrote this: “In the actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at or ignored their religious needs, is a community on the rapid downgrade.”

Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, stated plainly, “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness, which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture.”

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president, said this about America’s Founding Fathers: “They were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self-government. They were an inspired body of men … Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence?”

Franklin Roosevelt, America’s 32nd president, observed, “With every passing year, I become more confident that humanity is moving forward to the practical application of the teachings of Christianity as they affect the individual lives of men and women everywhere.”

Harry Truman, our 33rd president, understood the spiritual heritage of this nation. He said, “If men and nations would but live by the precepts of the ancient prophets and the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount, problems which now seem so difficult would soon disappear … That is a supreme opportunity for the church to continue to fulfill its mission on earth … No other agency can do it. Unless it is done, we are headed for the disaster we would deserve.”

Gerald Ford, the 38th president, quoted a speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first — the most basic — expression of Americanism. Thus, the Founding Fathers of America saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.”

Ronald Reagan, our 40th president, observed the growing hostility toward religion: “The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and open-mindedness. Question: Isn’t the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives.”

Our 43rd president, George W. Bush, when asked in a debate to choose a political philosopher important to his life, chose Jesus Christ, saying, “He changed my heart.”

Donald J. Trump, our 45th and current president, recently said, “Faith is central to American life and to liberty. Our Founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, ‘In God We Trust.’ And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are ‘One Nation Under God’ … Throughout our history, we see the story of God’s providence. And in every city and town, we see the Lord’s grace all around us, through a million acts of kindness, courage and generosity. We love God.”

These are but a handful of the expressions of faith offered by our presidents throughout American history. Hundreds of other quotes exist in the record.

I can’t read their writings without marveling at the spiritual heritage handed down to us.

But these statements of faith also evoke a certain sadness over what is happening to our great country today.

We are witnessing an unprecedented campaign to secularize our society and demoralize our institutions from the top down. Most forms of prayer have been declared unconstitutional in our public schools — even if student-initiated.

The Ten Commandments have been prohibited on school bulletin boards. Secular universities are blatantly hostile to Christian precepts, and the media scream “Foul!” whenever someone speaks openly of his or her beliefs.

This is the wonderful land of the free — yet we have gagged and bound many of our public officials, our teachers, our elected representatives and our judges.

Since we have effectively censored expressions of faith in public life, today’s youth are growing up with little understanding of the spiritual principles on which our country was founded. No wonder so many of them can kill, steal, take drugs, and engage in promiscuous sex with no pangs of conscience.

We have taught them that right and wrong are arbitrary — subjective — changing. They learned their lessons well. Liberty — the liberty we enjoy as Christians and the liberty we celebrate as Americans — rests upon knowing the truth.

As Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

This Independence Day, let’s celebrate our godly heritage — and recommit to the truth that made us free and will keep us free.

Dr. James Dobson is founder and president of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.

https://www.lifezette.com/2019/07/america-our-great-nation-was-built-on-faith/

VIDEO A Country That Honors God

What Truly Protects a Nation

July 3, 2018 By Charles F. Stanley

 

As you look at the state of our nation today, what do you see? The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12), but this is not a popular belief in our society. However, it’s the only way our nation can flourish. Further support for this truth is found in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Abandoning the Lord leads to disgrace and the loss of His blessings.

Contrary to popular belief, what actually protects a nation is not military strength but the righteousness of its people and government. When the Lord is honored in a nation, He is exalted, and the people are protected. Therefore, we should look at our nation today and ask ourselves whether we as a country are honoring God. Our future depends on the answer.

Freedom doesn’t come cheaply, and it’s always under attack by our enemy, the devil. His ungodly and unbiblical influences fight against our beliefs, but the Lord gives us courage to resist.

As believers, we are under the divine guidance of our Commander, the Lord Jesus Christ, and we do not fight with weapons but with the Word of God—the only message that can transform lives and influence the world for good. Christ’s church will not be overpowered, and He will be faithful to raise up believers in every generation. We have been commanded to proclaim the gospel throughout the world, and this commission is not just for those trained as missionaries but for each of us in our own places of influence.

However, this means we must be willing to stand firmly for our convictions when they are challenged. Convictions are unaffected by the times, the values of the culture, or the popularity of current ideas. Christian beliefs may be unpopular presently, but the Lord is our defense as long as we exalt and obey Him as Lord and honor His Word as our compass for life.

As followers of Jesus, we are His representatives, and there is no room for compromise with the immoral, disrespectful, or self-indulgent aspects of our culture. So, how are we to respond to this world in which we live? Others may criticize and stand against Christianity, but we who love the Lord must stay true to Him. We can’t afford to let ourselves be lulled into thinking that because we live in a free and prosperous nation, nothing bad is going on or could happen to us in the future.

Despite the sinful condition of our culture, we should not be discouraged. Our God is greater than the world’s knowledge and wisdom, and His purposes are not thwarted by sin. He is sufficient and adequate to guide us through whatever we face—our responsibility is simply to believe, trust, obey, and follow Him, modeling the Christian life for those around us.

 

This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message“Standing on Your Convictions” which airs this weekend on TV.

https://www.intouch.org/read/blog/a-country-that-honors-god

 

 

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