Lessons from a Day of Infamy

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it a day that would live in infamy. December 7, 1941, was the day that would, as some survivors recall, change America forever. In the midst of negotiations with Japan to avoid the United States’ entry into World War II, Japan attacked an unsuspecting navy lying at rest in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor.

Because of America’s policy of isolation and the view that we were safe from attack, the US military had been allowed to atrophy. Our political leaders wanted so much to have peace that they ignored the gathering storm clouds of war, and we were left unprepared. Japan thought that we were soft and would be unable or unwilling to defend ourselves. They were wrong, and they learned that lesson at a tremendous cost of lives and property at the end of the war.

I’m afraid that we may be in danger of having a new generation learn this lesson again . . . the hard way. Our leaders continue to try to reason with Iran and their aggressive efforts to develop nuclear weapons and promote terrorism around the world. In fact, US authorities recently discovered and thwarted a plot to assassinate the ambassador of Saudia Arabia in the United States.

Add to that danger the very real possibility that some in our federal government are willing to make devastating cuts to the US military that would invite our enemies to pursue opportunities to attack Americans at home and abroad. We do live in perilous times, and we must be wise in observing the dangerous world around us and make appropriate preparations.

It is hard to underestimate how important the coming elections are to our nation. The safety of our country and its citizens is at risk, as is our economic future. In fact, many are beginning to say that the economy is a major national security threat.

Please be in prayer for this upcoming election year and plan to be involved in the process.