And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Ps 50:15
FRC Senior Fellow Bob Morrison studied government and foreign affairs at U.VA (BA & MA). After further study (Hofstra, U.WA), Bob taught history and political science in High School and College before working at the Reagan Department of Education with Gary Bauer under Secretary William Bennett. He was later the first representative to Washington from the Lutheran Church (LCMS). He often points to prayer in the turning points of history.
What must it be like to know that your name is on a list of thousands of people to be shot? To know that your family will be hustled off to a concentration camp where few if any will emerge alive? How do you prepare for your country coming under the heel of a ruthless killer with all the latest technology?
Those were questions faced by leaders in Britain seventy-five years ago… Winston Churchill was named Prime Minister on May 10, 1940. Returning from Buckingham Palace… Churchill responded to the congratulations of his faithful bodyguard from Scotland Yard. “I only hope it’s not too late.”
Earlier that day Churchill had achieved his lifelong ambition and Adolf Hitler’s train made a sharp change of direction. Gliding noiselessly over specially prepared tracks, the train followed the Führer’s midnight orders… changed course from a northerly to the West… few snoring Nazis… even aware.
This day Hitler began hisBlitzkriegon the Western Front, combining a massive tank assault with air supremacy to crush the opposing armies. The King of Belgium surrendered exposing the entire French flank. The Queen of Holland took flight, arriving in England with only her dress and a tin hat… Soon, the outnumbered British Army in France was surrounded. Hitler had only to reach out his paw and he could crush that British Expeditionary Force (BEF) like a little bird.
Many British felt sick with fear. Diarist Harold Nicholson wrote that he and his wife, famed writer Vita Sackville-West, were planning to commit suicide if the Germans invaded… With Norway, Denmark, Holland, and Belgium overrun, and France collapsing, British common folk did not succumb to fear. They didn’t know as much as the elites; they were sure they would “muddle through.” The commoners even seemed to welcome France’s exit from the war and described the coming Battle of Britain like a soccer game in which they would have the home field advantage.
Churchill knew his Conservative Party did not trust, even like him. His greatest Tory rival, Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax, viewed Winston’s combative “fight them on the beaches” talk as “so much rot.” Halifax wanted to pursue peace talks through the Italian dictator Mussolini… Just having talks would give us a truce and time to evacuate our encircled army from the French beaches at Dunkirk.
Churchill saw talk about a British appeal to Hitler as fatal. It would demoralize the people. But Halifax also wanted a National Day of Prayer, and he had the support of King George VI… Americans whose only knowledge of George VI comes from the movie,The King’s Speech, may be surprised to know that the stammering monarch was a man of deep faith. Churchill did not have the power to dismiss this idea. But, if he gave in to Halifax on an NDOP, he could stall the Foreign Secretary on his terrible negotiation idea. When Churchill made one of his infrequent church appearances, the Vicar asked, “Prime Minister, I should like to tell my parishioners you are a pillar of the church.” Churchill rejoined: “You may tell them I am a buttress of the church; I support it from outside.”
But pray they did. And instead of the hoped-for 40,000 or 50,000 troops safely home from Dunkirk, Operation Dynamo resulted in 338,000 British, French, and Belgian troops brought off the beaches. Hundreds of British ships formed a vast unsinkable fleet, composed not only of warships, but of ferry boats, tugboats, excursion vessels, fishing smacks, and private yachts. All of this combined to create what even skeptical Prime Minister Churchill would call “a miracle of deliverance.” Many writers say Hitler had lost his last great opportunity.
One fact amazed the Dunkirk evacuees: the normally storm-tossed English Channel was “as smooth as a millpond.” No one thought they could bring off a third of a million troops because they all knew their waters…
The next time some sophisticate dismisses the Power of Prayer, or when TV talking heads sneer at efforts like FRC’s “Call2Fall,” we can confidently answer them with one word: DUNKIRK. (Bob Morrison, Praying for Deliverance, Dunkirk: 1940, 6-3-15, The Christian Post).
It is Time for Call2Fall – God warned the Jewish people through Moses, “Beware that you do not forget theLordyour God by not keeping His commandments… lest—when all that you have is multiplied… you forget theLordyour God… If you by any means forget theLordyour God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish… because you would not be obedient to the voice of theLordyour God (Dt. 8:10-20).
Since 1775, when an estimated three million people in 13 American colonies sought the face of God on their knees at the request of the Continental Congress, our nation has been the most singularly God-blessed nation in the world. But His blessing has been interrupted and intermittent of late because we have forgotten God and not obeyed the voice of the Lord. The proof is in the fact that abortion, same-sex “marriage,” special rights and protections for those who practice LGBT behaviors, and all manner of immorality have become common-place in the culture and even the law of the land. As a result, Christians who hold to biblical morality are now being subjected to harassment, vandalism, and threats and some even prosecuted, fined, and fired from their jobs. Why? Simply because they believe what the Bible teaches: that human life is precious and marriage is the exclusive union of one man and one woman. Federal, state and local governments, big business, the military, educational institutions, the media, etc., are now working together to marginalize and punish those who hold to biblical and traditional convictions regarding morality, family and faith in God.
One sixth of the nation’s economy has been commandeered by an overreaching federal government and forced into a national healthcare system that mandates our tax dollars pay for abortions. Even churches in some states are not exempt. Yet Thomas Jefferson declared that “to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical” (Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, September 18, 1779).
The engine of free enterprise is being stifled by a federal government that openly redistributes wealth – taking money from those who work, save and give, to redistribute it not only to those who cannot, but to those who choose not to labor for their daily bread. This violation of the laws of God has produced a permanent underclass. Increasingly, middle class Americans are becoming dependent upon government subsidies with a goal of making every American subject to greater government control. Our children are taught that a comfortable lifestyle is their right and not the reward for their diligence and hard work. To finance these unsustainable policies, our elected federal leaders have voted year after year to spend a trillion dollars more than our government takes in. Our $18 trillion national debt mounts by $3 billion every day, leaving our children and grandchildren a tax burden they cannot possibly bear. George Washington warned against “ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear” (Farewell Address, September 19, 1796).
Now our leaders are intentionally depleting American military power, converting an institution intended to defend our nation by fighting and winning wars into a massive social experiment. Prompted by the Obama Administration, they are mainstreaming LGBT behavior and thus subjecting our young warriors to an epidemic of homosexual assault – all for the sake of an immoral and blind ideology. Yet George Washington did not tolerate such behavior in the Continental Army, specifically drumming an officer out of military service “with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes” (Washington’s Orders, March 10, 1778).
At the federal level, many whom we have elected to lead seem blind to simple, fundamental truths and principles that even children understood in earlier days. In our government of, by and for the people, the founders intended for the citizens to select the best among them to serve as our leaders. In fact, Samuel Adams saw voting as a “solemn trust” for which we are “accountable to God” (Samuel Adams). Yet in some local elections, fewer than 10 percent of the voters exercise their right to vote for the mayor, the school board, the city council, etc. By failing to stand for and vote for biblical values, we have participated in the same kind of moral and cultural national decline that has led to world history being littered with fallen, even forgotten empires.
May God hear our cries on Sunday June 28th as millions unite on our knees in repentant prayer for America! Lord, you heard the cries of “3 millions of Americans” on their knees in 1775, delivered us from British tyranny and blessed our new nation. You heard the urgent cries of our British cousins in 1940 and rescued their sons, fathers and brothers from Dunkirk and the Nazis. Hear our urgent cries for America and preserve us from moral self-destruction. May Call2Fall be mightily used to further position our hearts for revival and reformation in America! (2 Chron. 7:13-14; Ps. 85:5-7; Dan. 9:3-19;Acts 3:19; Heb. 12:26-28)
Visit Call2Fall.com and click “I’m In.” Consider joining us to “pray without ceasing,” with our partners at the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation! Given all that is before us, this is a necessity!
Finally, please continue to pray for Israel and Revival in America’s churches; for the U.S. Supreme Court, which will likely issue its same-sex “marriage” ruling on June 29th or 30th, after Call2Fall, but it could also come any day. Please continue to pray for the Fairfax School Board, that it will heed parents and reject a new transgender health curriculum that teaches children ages 7-12 that sexual identity changes throughout one’s life (i.e., from hetero-to-homosexual-to-transgender, etc., essentially anything goes). This is in the 10th largest public school district in America and others will follow. Thank you for praying!