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The Forgotten Weapon

The Forgotten Weapon

Military prowess and diplomatic maneuvering have not helped. Maybe it's time to look 'up.'

by M.D.D.

Why is it that the most powerful nation in the world proclaims its trust in God on its dollar bill, yet the nation that first revealed God to the world is afraid to publicly ask for His help?

Since Israel's miraculous founding more than a generation ago, the Jewish state has depended on -- and even grown to expect -- a steady flow of miracles from God. Think about the War of Independence, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Entebbe rescue, the Gulf War...

Is there an educated, sensitive Jew alive today who denies that Israel has witnessed national miracles in our lifetime?

Today, Israel struggles openly with the Angel of Terror. Everywhere we turn, in our streets, our shopping malls, even our Passover Seders, the Angel of Terror pursues us. And unlike in the past, where the solution to our problems was clear to everyone -- even if it meant accomplishing the impossible -- now there is only confusion.

For Jews in Israel, with all our military might and moral high ground, seem to have our backs against the sea.

We are victims of horrific terror.

We try every diplomatic avenue for peace.

In order to avoid enemy civilian casualties, we use risky door-to-door combat instead of dropping bombs from airplanes.

Yet the world is against us. We the victims have become the terrorists. We are vilified in world political organizations. We are pressured to help create a terrorist state next door, and to give away our holiest sites.

If we give into their demands, it is suicide. If we don't give in, the world will allow us to be destroyed in an ensuing war.

If we give into their demands, it is suicide for Israel. If we don't give in to their demands, the world will allow us to be destroyed in an ensuing war.

Our backs are to the sea. This time, it's not Pharaoh and his chariots. Nor is it Haman and the Persian mobs. Nor Hitler and his Nazi storm troopers. This time, it's Arafat, Saddam, Osama and their hordes.

Do we eliminate Arafat, or do we keep on talking to him? Do we drive the Arabs out of the Land of Israel the way we drove out the Canaanites, or do we give them half of our land and half of our holiest city in a final effort to make peace?

We are at a turning point of history. There are simply no rational, secular, internal or external solutions to our socio-political situation. Until every Jewish man, woman and child comes to the realization that we cannot do this alone, blood will continue to flow on both sides.

The national miracles have stopped because that is the only way to stop the idol worship we refuse to abandon.

This is our wake-up call. Idol worship means thinking we can "do it alone." The truth is we can't, and never could. The national miracles have stopped because that is the only way to stop the idol worship we refuse to abandon.

In short, we need God's help.

There is only one prayer you need to know to bring peace to the Middle East. First, turn on the TV news. Now imagine that through the smoke and fire, the blood and body parts belong to a loved one. And just before the last wave of pain and nausea leaves your body and your thoughts start to drift back to the mundane, imagine you are a small child watching the same scene and say, "God, please save us."

That's it.

We need God's help now. Of course, we must fight against the Palestinian terrorists. Fight against the UN. Fight against a hostile media. But first, take a few minutes to sincerely call out to the Almighty and say, "God, please save us."

Repeat three times a day, or as often as necessary, in groups of 10 or more for added effect.

Do this in the morning when you wake up. Do it in the evening when you go to sleep. Do it at mealtime. Say it with your spouse and with your kids.

"God, please save us."

Give God a chance. Jews have always been better off when we asked God to help. If you take one step, He will take a thousand.

And He will call back the Angel of Terror, and send the Angel of Mercy instead.

Published: May 18, 2002


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Visitor Comments: 8

(8) Cindy, June 5, 2002 12:00 AM

God bless you for speaking. Only the God of Isreal can save Isreal, and I think it's time that everyone realizes it. It's time that everyone, Jew and Gentile, should begin to pray for the blessings and mercy of God. The UN can't help Isreal, the US can't help Isreal. Only God.

(7) betsy penn, May 26, 2002 12:00 AM

Amen

It needs to happen. G-d will answer. He is going to show what HE can do! All Jews need to be united in this prayer. Regardless of level of observance, a common ground has to be reached, stood upon, belief in the Allmighty. Instead of pointing to differences, unification in this One Thing, is what will turn the tide...G-d sees into the heart, that's where it counts. Many Orthodox Jews are judgemental and feel superior, creating defiance and ill-will in non-observant Jews. If they were superior, they would be accepting, and see beyond the surface to something deep within every Jewish person. As with the positioning of the mezuza, there must be compromise-a meeting half-way for the common good.

(6) Anonymous, May 24, 2002 12:00 AM

Here's to humility and prayer and miraculous answers!

Good stuff! well put. I totally agree with your article. Here's to humility and prayer and miraculous answers!

(5) zhenhua liu, May 23, 2002 12:00 AM

The Right Approach

Praise the Lord there is someone who knows the right way to solve the problem--- to ask God for help.
Actually why all these horrific events are falling upon Israel? Don't we find the reason by reminding ourselves of the fearsome warning:

Numbers 33:55 'But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land in which you live.
33:56 'And as I plan to do to them, so I will do to you.'"

So many of Jews have become actually atheistic, they laugh at the idea of praying to God. Then how can they blame the others for becoming victims of terror?
Yes, as many as possible Jews turn to God and say Help, please.

Please publish this comment by a Chinese please.

(4) Anonymous, May 23, 2002 12:00 AM

Absolutely!!

I think the author of this piece has hit the nail on the head. Since the beginning of time God has been there for Israel but only when they call on Him. He won't come unless He's invited. We all need to cry out for this and turn from our belief that it will work any other way. Excellent article. Thanks for the reminder.

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