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National Day of Prayer 2016

In these particularly dark times, we, as a Nation and a People, face myriad existential threats. Our nation is under attack from within and without. The great American Experiment – that Shining City on a Hill which offered the American Dream and acted as a bulwark against tyranny – is vanishing before our eyes.

We all need God’s help!

National Day of Prayer 2016

But before we beseech God for His providence, we must seek individual and corporate renewal. We must look inward and upward, emulating the prophet Ezra (9:6), who said, “O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens.”

King David is a splendid, godly example for us. After his grievous sins of adultery and murder, David cried out to God and implored Him, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Ps. 51:10).

None of us has clean hands. No, not one.

In 1863, responding to a request from the U.S. Senate, President Lincoln proclaimed “a day National prayer and humiliation.”

Lincoln perfectly set the stage, proclaiming (emphasis added), “And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”

Lincoln could have been describing this very present day, writing, “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, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, 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!”

The prophet Daniel was of a similar mindset (chapter 9), praying, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.”

Daniel, who was a righteous man, nonetheless identified with the sins of his people, saying, “O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.”

Daniel continued, “Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.”

Daniel’s heartfelt outpouring of repentance and request for mercy ended with these words: “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

May we all implore our Father in heaven to cleanse and renew us; to hear, forgive, listen and act.

[This year’s National Day of Prayer is on May 5, 2016.]

CPAC: Reagan’s Legacy Endures

According to Reagan biographer Craig Shirley,[1] the Republican Party is dead. The good news? Reaganism is alive and well and living in a populist-energized Conservative Movement.

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In an exclusive interview at CPAC, I asked about Ronald Reagan’s legacy[2] and its relevance today. Shirley replied, “Reagan’s legacy is intellectual conservatism, a belief in the future, a belief in young Americans, and an optimistic outlook – all the things that he brought to the Republican Party which had been missing since the time of Teddy Roosevelt.”

Asked whether there are any leaders on the stage right now who could fill Reagan’s shoes, Shirley bluntly replied, “No.” He added, “Leaders like Ronald Reagan don’t grow on trees.”

But then he offered hope, saying, “in defense of the current crop of candidates, Ronald Reagan wasn’t Ronald Reagan before Ronald Reagan was Ronald Reagan.”

Shirley went on to explain, “by that I mean that very few saw his greatness before he was actually president and then afterwards. He was actually derided by the Eastern elites and by the Republican establishment and by the liberal media in the Sixties and the Seventies. It took time to understand Reagan’s greatness.”

Consequently, “in defense of the current crop of candidates, we can’t peer into the future, so I would say, if they stick to their principles, if they stick to their guns, they make their argument, they might succeed and make history, and, if they do, then they will also be seen in a different light.”

GOP is Dead

Shirley also provided a contrast between the Conservative Movement and the GOP, saying, “The Republican Party is, in many ways, dead as a political party.” He added, “It functions, but it’s on life support, because it really stands for nothing.”

Despite the stunning support for conservatism in the last election,[3] the GOP leadership seems to lack the will to pursue its raison d’être. Perhaps it has lost its way because it has lost faith in Conservatism and in America. Or, perhaps, self-interest has simply steamrollered over national interests, the Constitution, and the will of the people.

Echoing Lincoln’s sentiments at the Republican State Convention prior to Lincoln’s election and the advent of the Civil War, Shirley noted that “The Republican Party has become a house divided against itself.” Those differences are stark and irreconcilable. That house is divided between the Establishment and the Conservative Movement.

Speaking of the Establishment, Shirley charged, “It is half corporate, which is basically corrupt, access-selling.” Lord Acton’s axiom has been proven correct yet again, this time in the heart of our nation’s capital. Power’s corrupting nature is most acutely experienced in arguably the most powerful city on earth.

Conservative Movement Thrives

In contrast to the Establishment, Shirley notes, with a Reaganesque optimism, that the populist-driven Conservative Movement is “where the energy and the intellectualism thrives today.” He concluded by saying, “The Conservative Movement in America, Reaganism in America, are doing just fine. It’s the Republican Party that’s just in trouble.”

[In recognition of his Reaganesque qualities, love of America, and devotion to the Constitution, BrotherWatch has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for President of the United States.[4]]

Endnotes:

[1]               Mr. Shirley’s latest Reagan biography, Last Act, is available on Amazon and elsewhere.

[2]               See “Remembering Reagan” at http://t.co/GYAescwhYa.

[3]               See “GOP Triumphs Despite Voter Fraud” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-59.

[4]               See “BrotherWatch Endorses Ted Cruz” at http://wp.me/p4scHf-dw.

BrotherWatch Endorses Ted Cruz

BrotherWatch is delighted to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz for President of the United States!

BW Endorses Ted Cruz

Sen. Cruz has proven his love for God and country.

His lifelong love of, and fidelity to, the Constitution puts most of Congress to shame. The humble senator from Texas has courageously fought the good fight against the establishment from within the halls of Congress.

Sen. Cruz is a warrior for the Constitution and Liberty, the perfect antidote to a lawless regime which wields a pen and a phone to circumvent both the Constitution and the will of the People.

Sen. Cruz, a faithful Christian, is also a friend and vocal supporter of Israel.

Sen. Cruz is Reaganesque in principles and perspective, prompting Rush Limbaugh to call him “the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan!”

If we want a bright Morning in America again, elect Ted Cruz!