I already had a blog post prepped and ready to go when my mind switched over to this is the Fourth of July weekend. And for some odd reason the movie Independence Day crept into my mind. A movie made twenty years ago is so relevant to our current world condition today.
The country was fighting alien invaders who, from a military standpoint, had the upper hand and there was no way the world could win. Until an MIT genius, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), came up with a software virus that could disrupt the enemy’s satellite communications; bringing down their impenetrable defense network. This took the coordinated efforts of everyone around the entire globe.
And on this Fourth of July we again face an enemy, that overshadows the entire globe; and for now seems impenetrable. But, we cannot, just as America, defeat this epic antagonist—globally we can defeat it by disrupting the way it is spread and how it lives through coordinated efforts implementing strategic attacks as prescribed, not only by our government officials; but just by good old common sense.
We need some Davids out there who can discover the right strategies to defeat this enemy of the people. And a true leader, who although shoulders an overwhelming responsibility, can get in the trenches with those people. Leading the warriors into battle with real inspiration and hope.
“We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American Holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice. We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight. We’re going to live on!”— President Whitmore (Bill Pullam)
“When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. For the Lord your God is the One who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:2-4 NIV)
Father, We pray thankfulness and gratefulness for your providence and protection in this hour. That we are not ruled by fear and intimidation, but maintain our faith in your word. For we know your counsel will stand and your purpose be accomplished. Help us to learn patience in the things we do not understand so we may bless others and not just ourselves. That we be a united people regardless of race, creed or color. Gives us clean hearts and renew stedfast spirits in us. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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