The other day, we went to see the movie American Sniper. It was great, but there is one scene I cannot get out of my head (and don’t worry, there is no spoiler here). When you see our military convoy snaking through back alleys of hostile territory strongly controlled by the terrorists–and we’re talking routine mission–you cannot help but ask, what are we doing there? The odds are highly stacked against us, yet it shows just how good the U.S. military is, because of what they do accomplish under those difficult circumstances.

Despite all of our military might, compare where we are today to when we first set out to defeat terror over thirteen years ago after the 9-11 attacks. Does it seem like our calamities have multiplied? Are we missing something?

Yes, we are. And we are repeating history.

In the Bible, when the people of Israel depended on God, they found safety and security, in many cases without the need for war. When they went ahead of God in their own power, they found chaos and…war.

“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.

The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory–for all its strength, it cannot save you.

But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.

We put our hope in the Lord” (Psalm 33:13-20).

It is the only way out, and it is very possible. Nothing else will matter. In 2016, it won’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat running for President. If you don’t have the God factor, it will be just another election with the usual letdown.

Whether we get that candidate or not, there are some things we can influence. Our hearts. Our families. I’m convinced one of the most important legacies we can leave is that we were a good father or mother to our children. A good neighbor and friend.

I guess the most important thing I want to share is that God has to be THE factor if we want a better world, or a better home. I believe there are a lot of people out there who are getting a strong sense for this as well. I’m excited to see what God has in store.

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