The president has been in Asia this week attending the APEC summit. As soon as he got on the plane, the politicking started. There has been an all out assault this week on the president and US troops in Iraq, and it did not start with the terrorists, but with the lusters-after-power players in Washington. The terrorists gratefully acknowledged the help some in Washington were giving to their cause, though. Colonel North has the lowdown on the week’s events and how they are affecting our boys overseas and at home. No End But Victory live-blogged the showdown in Congress last night over whether to pull our troops immediately from Iraq. (Hat tip: Blackfive.) The resolution was defeated.
And in a seemingly unrelated story: the atheist who spent four years trying to get the phrase “under God” stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance, has now sued (Broken link, active November 19, 2005) to get the phrase “In God we trust” stricken from our money. “In God we trust” was first added to the money after the Civil War, during the time of reconstruction. Life was so hard for both North and South, but especially in the South, trying to recover from the war, that Congress decreed the phrase be added to our money to remind all Americans to Whom to look for succor in distress. (Chapter 58: Hard Times in the South, in Story of the Great Republic.)
What do these two stories have in common? Nothing, at first glance. But they are two sides of the same coin. God is Ruler and Judge, His is the kingdom, power, and glory. We are created beings, and as such, owe our Creator worship and service. (God is so good, however, that He does not just desire our worship and service; He loves us and longs for us to give our hearts in love to Him, and to walk in companionship with Him.) Lust for power which belongs to God, rebellion against His boundaries on the proper use of such, denial that He exists or that we owe Him honor or obedience, and hatred of Him and hatred of submission to His will, are all interrelated.