Prayer Targets: Mrs. Thatcher's Faith; North Korea; Anti-Christian Movement in the Army; Boy Scouts
April 11, 2013
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4
Dear Praying Friends,
In May 1996, Human Events published an interview with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. She spoke of her faith and political philosophy. Here are excerpts:
The Decalogue is addressed to each and every person... Each one has a duty to try to carry out those [Ten] Commandments. You don't get that in any other political creed. It isn't merely about democracy and liberty... It is personal liberty with personal responsibility... to your parents, to your children, to your God. This really binds us together in a way that nothing else does. If you accept freedom, you've got to have principles about the responsibility. You can't do this without a biblical foundation.
Your Founding Fathers came over...with the doctrines of the New Testament [and] the Old. They looked after one another, not only as a matter of necessity, but as a matter of duty to their God. There is no other country in the world which started that way.
Today, people are trying democracy. But they look at it as a philosophy or political pattern, without understanding its roots. I'm afraid democracy's fundamental religious roots are weakening...
In the British system, children are taught Christianity... in school... It is a compulsory subject. In my day, the schools were places where children learned the great hymns which stayed with them the rest of their lives - Hymns. Prayers. Bible readings. It is really all locked together. These things pass into our bloodstream. Even if your parents are not practicing Christians or Jews...
Today, I am particularly concerned about the number of marriages that break up... and ... the numbers of children that are born to single mothers. This is the greatest threat of all. Those numbers have gone up... in your country and in mine. For centuries before that they stayed about the same. These things did happen to single mothers, but it was only about 5% of births. In the postwar period, mothers were provided with houses or flats and incomes. We hoped that would help the children. But what we have done by this is not to relieve the problem, but to multiply it. Today, 30% of children in your country and mine are born to single mothers [48% of first babies in the U.S. in 2013]. The criminality factor is much higher in children with single mothers...
I cannot stand... any suggestion of cruelty or abuse of children. It is the worst crime. It was in the New Testament that our Lord said, "Anyone who harms these little ones shall have a millstone around his neck and sunk in the deepest sea." It is the most terrible breach of trust and humanity (Joseph A. Cannon: The Conservative Vision Of Margaret Thatcher, Human Events, 3/29/1996).
Mrs. Thatcher passed away on Monday (April 8, 2013). She was a gift to her own nation and a force for righteousness among the nations. May the Lord raise up God-fearing leaders of her caliber, steeped in a biblical world-view here in America, in Britain, and around the world!
North Korea - The Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRNK or N.K.) has never honestly embraced the armistice that ended the Korean War, established the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the 38th Parallel. It has persistently violated the truce, badgering the South with threats and periodic acts of aggression. South Korea's Capital and largest city, Seoul, is just twenty miles from the DMZ. Its people are under constant threat of annihilation, especially since the North has accumulated nuclear weapons and an advanced missile system. Yet Christians in the South pray unceasingly for their safety and their oppressed brothers and sisters in the North, longing for the day they can carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to them freely.
Few nations have mature, vibrant, praying churches like those in South Korea. They pray for America, deeply appreciative of the gospel our missionaries carried to them years ago and our role in their national defense. One church in Seoul has hosted all-night prayer meetings every weekday night for decades, each attended by 50,000+ aggressively prayer warriors. Prayer is modeled throughout church life.
But on March 13th, N.K. announced that it has abandoned the 1953 armistice, and is no longer "restrained by the North-South declaration on non-aggression." On March 30th N.K. declared war on South Korea. Kim Jong-un, who follows in his father's footsteps as N.K.'s "Supreme Leader," announced that rockets were in place to strike American territories in the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast.
President Obama, Secretary of Defense Hagel and the politically swayed Joint Chiefs who helped repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, desperately need our prayers for wisdom. U.S. and S.K. defense officials are "highly confident" that a North Korea launch of a medium-range missile is imminent, is "very high" (see Very High, Pulse Bomb, Just Bluster?).
- God, please intervene! Our brazen sins make us vulnerable despite our nation's great military power. Our leaders' perspectives are clouded, only you can navigate our nation though these deep waters. May we rush to repent and obey your word! Watch over our friends. Be our Fortress and direct our civilian and military leaders (Dt 28: all; Josh 7:1-24; 22:20; 1 Chr 12:32-33; Pr 31:4-5; Is 1:16-20; 3:8-9; 56:10; Jer 16:19-21; 1 Jn 3:16).
SPLC and Christians in the Military - The Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC) "hate group" designation of Family Research Council (FRC) on their interactive online map gave alleged assailant Floyd Corkins inspiration to attempt to murder as many members of the FRC staff as he could in an act prosecutors have charged as "domestic terrorism." Corkins will be sentenced this month. SPLC's designation has also provided operatives in the Obama administration and the U.S. Army material to use in an anti-Christian campaign (e.g., training material lumped Evangelical Christians, Catholics and Orthodox Jews in with al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas).
Fox News Reporter Todd Starnes has produced a compelling series of reports documenting an anti-Christian movement fomenting within the U.S. Army which seems to hold to the SPLC line that those who disagree with homosexual agenda should be considered haters and need to be watched. Yet only the SPLC has a record connected to domestic terrorism and the attempted murder of Bible-believers. This line of thinking is dangerous for everybody, but especially for Christians (see Evangelicals = Extremists, Christian Ministries = Domestic Hate Groups, List, Keep Watch on Christians, Lawmakers, Strike it, Rich).
- Pray that this movement within the Obama Administration and the Military will be exposed. Pray that it will be stopped before more God-fearing men and women are subjected to undue surveillance, punishment, or violence. May our Christian servicemen know God's protection (Ps 32:7; Is 59:1-17, esp. 15; Mic 7:1-9; Mt 10:32-39; Lk 12:3-5; Acts 5:29; Eph 5:6-13).
Finally, just weeks before the Boy Scouts' National Council vote on whether to admit avowed homosexual scouts and scoutmasters, it is reported that the ranks of the 1,400 National Council members will be expanded to include over 2,000+ in order to include pro-"change" delegates who, in an unprecedented move, will be allowed to vote. National Scout Leaders are presently on a "Listening Tour," meeting with parent groups around the country. But parents report that all they heard was an attempt to persuade parents that "change" is the thing to do. Thanks for praying!