"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found"  (Psalm 32:6)

THE TRUE STATE OF THE UNION

Our nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our union has never been stronger (George W. Bush, 1/29/02).

[The image's] head was of fine gold [its chest & arms - silver, belly & thigh - bronze, legs - iron, feet - partly iron, partly clay]... A stone...struck the image on its feet...and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were [all] crushed together, and became like chaff... the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found... The stone...became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. (Dan 2:32-35).

President Bush delivered a rousing State of the Union address Tuesday, outlining his goals to win the War on Terrorism, strengthen Homeland Defense, and revitalize the U.S. economy by creating jobs. But while the speech was bold, upbeat and inspirational, the President again praised Islam, and set the stage to embrace a plethora of new liberal programs, while avoiding the themes of deepest concern to God and Bible-believing Christians. It was a clay and iron speech.

**The President promised that "America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity, the rule of law; limits on the power of the state; respect for women; private property; free speech; equal justice; and religious tolerance."

**"Our war against terror is only beginning," he said and sent a warning to "Iran, Iraq and North Korea," saying "states like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil."

**He forewarned America that deficit spending is necessary to win the war and defeat recession, listing liberal federal programs he will champion, a list Al Gore could easily have written."Join me on these important domestic issues in the same spirit of cooperation we've applied to our war against terrorism," he asked.

**Notably absent from the President's speech was any mention of U.S. policy toward Israel. No mention of "the enemy within" (i.e. anti-American Muslims here in America). Rather Bush spoke of "Islam's own rich history, with its centuries of learning, and tolerance and progress."

**Ironically, Bush ended his speech speaking of our enemies' "missions of suicide and murder," their embrace of "tyranny and death as a cause and a creed." Then he said, "We stand for a different choice, made long ago, on the day of our founding. We affirm it again today. We choose freedom and the dignity of every life."

**Yet President Bush made no mention of the abortion holocaust in America. He spoke of combating "evil" five times, yet made no reference to the profusion of greed, abortion, divorce, adultery, pornography, drugs, immorality, perversion, and other "evils" that are destroying America from within and making our nation akin to Sodom & Gomorrah.

It may appear to some that "our union has never been stronger," but it is not. What America desperately needs is leadership; leadership that can apply the kind of energy and focus President Bush has applied to the war against terrorism; leadership toward Biblical repentance. God is the "Stone" who will exalt or abase America. If we do not deal aggressively with our rebellion against God, our outwardly strong and rich nation, like the clay-footed image that Daniel described, will be crushed by the Stone we have rejected.

Please Join us in Faith-filled Prayer:

--Heavenly Father, THANK YOU for President Bush. THANK YOU for his leadership in war & the favor he has among the American people. Cause him now to lead America in national REPENTANCE toward You. CAUSE him to STAND AGAINST ABORTION & other EVILS here at home (1 Sam 7 all; 2 Sam 6,7 all; 2 Chr 14-16 all; 17-20 all; 23-24; all; 29-32 all; 34-35 all; Ezra all; Neh 1-13; Joel 1-2:27).


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