A Day Hidden by God in His Heart, Part 2

By Francis Frangipane

Recently, we wrote you about a resolution initiated by Christian political leaders here in the United States. The bill, sponsored by Representative Tom DeLay, called for a National Day of Reconciliation. Last week the bill passed. December 4th was designated as the day our Senators and Congressmen would break from their tasks as national leaders and, together with our President, convene in the Rotunda for at least two hours of humbling themselves before God and one another.

I realize that no matter what good thing emerges in our nation, there are cynics among us who will dismiss it. A cynic is a habitual doubter. Beloved, let us not be unbelieving concerning this important working of God's grace in our nation. Let us each decide to magnify the Lord, not the imperfections we see in the vessels or the process through which God works His mighty will.

Consecrate Yourselves, For God Will Do Wonders

By Francis Frangipane

As the war against terror attains certain breakthroughs, we should not interpret these incremental successes as a signal to relax. In many ways, the battle has actually escalated.

Consider the threat spoken by the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, "The current situation in Afghanistan is related to a bigger cause -- that is the destruction of America. If God's help is with us, this will happen within a short period of time -- keep in mind this prediction." Then he reiterated, "The real matter is the extinction of America, and God willing, it will fall to the ground." Such a threat might be an idle boast, but consider it against the back drop of a recent article in the Pakistani Newspaper, the Frontier Post. It reported that "Pakistani and American investigators conclude that Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network may have successfully transported several nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction to the United States." According to a recent article, "at least two briefcase nuclear weapons may have reached the US shores." (http://www.frontierpost.com)

A Day Hidden by God in His Heart, Part 1

By Francis Frangipane

Last week we sent you the resolution presented to the House of Representatives by Congressman Tom DeLay, (R, TX). This initiative called for a national day of repentance and reconciliation across America, starting with the government. The stated goal was to "permit Members and Senators to come together voluntarily in private fellowship within the House Chamber to seek repentance and reconciliation for our nation. What we seek is an open climate of communal prayer and repentance."

This was actually the second attempt to pass this resolution. The first, which was initiated in mid summer of 2001 did not pass the House, primarily because it was written from a Judeo-Christian perspective. In light of the events of September 11, however, it was brought forth again, this time with somewhat expanded or inclusive language.