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The Birth of a Nation:

July 4th, 2010 – a day we remember the birth of a Nation.  Thomas Jefferson said this should be a great day of celebration across the land, with food, dance and guns, fireworks if you will, to commemorate the founding of The United States of America. As we gather with family and friends it is fitting not only to remember and celebrate but to give thanks to God who has made all of this possible.

I had the privilege this day at our church here in Mobile, to hear an inspiring message from bestselling author and scholar Stephen Mansfield. He talked of the Covenant with God this people have made, from the Mayflower Compact to the Declaration of Independence, and reminded all in the audience that the greatness of our Nation comes from a Covenant God, who has poured out blessing on this land to make his own name great among the Nations. He made a reasoned one passionate call for the church, not a majority, not the Whole country – but just a few willing to humble themselves are pray, to stand up in these troubled times and seek forgiveness and healing for a Nation. And believing his Covenant of Grace through Jesus Christ – that is exactly what I do here today.

It is the 4th of July ~ The year of our Lord 2010 ~ and we call upon our Holy God to forgive us and pour out His Spirit on this land once again, in a time of war and when there are rumors of war – at a time of disaster along our Gulf Coasts – at a time when few seek God and believe in His Son – we pray.  We place the fate of our Nation in his hands alone. We pray that our leaders would be humbled and seek his Knowledge and will, and give Him the Glory and thereby show the people the true and Living Way.

This is a day and a time for the church to reach out as never before and give a helping hand to our neighbor, and set aside all anger and division. We can be the hands of Christ, His feet to walk in the path of others less fortunate, and give aid and comfort in their time of need.  It is also the late hour of Grace, and the time for those who do not believe, to see through his people, a God not of wrath and vengeance, but of mercy and Peace who is just as surely reaching out to bless the fallen heart, as he is to bless his people. Humanity is at war with itself, and we have lost all capacity to hold back our own self annihilation.  So once again this nation can be a shining city on a hill, a light to the Nations.

We are a Christian Nation, a Nation with a Manifest Destiny and a unique purpose in the plan of the Nations. This Independence Day we celebrate freedom, the ultimate Liberty, signed and sealed in blood, and humbly bow to the one True King of this Nation, and all Nations.

We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Happy 4th of July.

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Of Oil… and War… and Politics:

Convergence – the coming together of events unrelated, and the synthesis of darkness- storm clouds gathering on a nearing horizon.

There are several unrelated a “tipping Point” events now unfolding across the globe.

– The Deep Water Horizon oil spill

– Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons

– North Korean aggression and posturing

– Turkey’s hostility toward Israel

– The deep divide in United States domestic politics

Any one event constitutes a simmering crisis, together they present the risk for potential global instability on a scale not seen since the second war lot war. They are converging at a time of significant and global, financial instability. They are present at a time of deep division within America. The rise of China and Russia and the decline of Pax Americana against this backdrop portend even greater danger. While we are over extended in Iraq and Afghanistan, Potential enemies plot against us.

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been underestimated in scope from the onset in April. Seventy five days into this crisis and it has now become the worst oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. From the first days after the explosion, countries from around the world have offered material support, and yet have been blocked by the Obama administration and his Federal agencies. State and local officials pleading for a more robust response, leadership and assistance to do even more on their own. Again blocked or delayed by Obama and the Federal Government and following the Script of Rahm Emanuel, he took advantage of this crisis and in his only National Oval Office address, politicized the crisis as an opportunity to push his radical cap and trade energy bill. This, as death and devastation pour into the Gulf waters, and lives and a way of life, and jobs that provide for Gulf Coast families die. The political fallout is only just beginning.

Iran continues its defiance of international pressure in the form of the factual sanctions. Best intelligence estimates now put Iran within reach of perhaps two nuclear weapons in as short as eight months time. Ahmadinejad continues to voice existential threats directed at Israel. All eyes are on a massive, yet quiet military buildup in the region. The United States has the largest naval armada since the Gulf war in theatre, and there are reports Israel is staging material at Saudi Bases. All shaping up to what appears to be a fall “surprise” – just in time for U.S. mid-term elections.

North Korea, meanwhile, has gotten away with a blatant act of war, sinking a South Korean military ship. Emboldened by their Nuclear deterrent and they are a foreshadow of a world awash in Nuclear Weapons, where a dangerous cat and mouse game, and tit for tad strikes and counter strikes, pick away at the fabric of world stability. They continue to threaten all out war if the U.S. or the U.N. takes any action, or impose new Sanctions.

And Turkey – a NATO ally and partner with Israel has become increasingly hostile toward Israel under the influence of Islamic trends in the top political leadership. A raid by Israel on a so-called humanitarian aid ship that left nine dead is the catalyst being used by Turkish PM Erdogan to attempt to threaten and intimidate Israel into lifting the block aid of Gaza. Tensions are also rising on the border with Lebanon, as a full scale regional conflict looms.

Much closer to home, deep divisions in American Politics continue to see the erosion of the hold on power by the two major political parties. The Progressive left is making every attempt to use the levers of political power while they hold office and have both Houses of Congress and the White House. Republicans continue to dissemble, and the top leadership is as inept as it is ignorant. Republican chair Michael Steel so completely lost he does not even know how or why or when we went to war in Afghanistan. As the Tea Party movement makes marginal gains, what is most clear is that the stakes in the upcoming mid-term elections have never been higher. Unless the Progressive juggernaut of this President is stopped in its tracks, issues from Immigration to taxes threaten to plunge this once strong union, once more to the brink. Arizona, Texas and other states are growing increasingly wary of the Power and scope of a runaway Federal Government, endless spending and the lack of support for border security, or cleaning up the worst environmental disaster in our history. Tacit calls for succession and clear lines in the sand have been drawn. November 2010 is the neat battleground, the best hope to stop the Progressive madness.

We will be keeping a close eye on these events and continue with news analysis and commentary in the days and months ahead.   For Perspective outside the mainstream and clarity of thoughts – we hope you return often and participate in a conversation on the events shaping our world and our future.