As I recently tweeted (@chucknorris), I read through the book "The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World," by Chris and Ted Stewart. I highly recommend it.
Immediately afterward, I started reading their other book, "Seven Miracles That Saved America," and I have been equally inspired by it. But it has prompted me to wonder: Is there an eighth miracle coming and needed to save our republic again?
It seems somewhat audacious to point out seven pivotal moments in America without which America wouldn't be America. But it's hard to argue with the Stewarts on the critical events that they've expounded upon and argued for masterfully, especially from our vantage point and with their compelling evidence. Hindsight is certainly 20/20.
There's no doubt that America has teetered on the brink many times in its history. Where would we be if the dial of circumstances had been turned just slightly on the following seven events alone -- those they address in the book? Where would we be if the outcomes had not been as they were?
--Christopher Columbus' improbable discovery of America.
--The epic survival of the first English colonists at Jamestown despite the onslaught of starvation and other fatal foes.
--Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army's Battle of New York during the Revolutionary War.
--The astounding conception and formation of the United States Constitution.
--Abraham Lincoln's plea with the Almighty that turned the tide of the Civil War at Gettysburg.
--The astonishing events that altered the course of the Battle of Midway in June 1942 during World War II.
--The extension of freedom around the world because Ronald Reagan's life and presidency were spared miraculously after an assassination attempt.
The Stewarts make a compelling and inspirational case that those crucial events were not coincidental, but providential. The authors asked the question, Has God repeatedly intervened in the affairs of men and preserved the United States of America? Atheists would argue "no." But the Stewarts and I and millions of other Americans would answer with a resounding "yes." No doubt, America, God has shed his grace upon thee.
I'm reminded of a quote that was brought up in their book by Benjamin Franklin, who often is pitched in progressive circles as one who didn't believe in the Almighty's intervention in human affairs. But Franklin was particularly eloquent on the matter and the power of prayer in government, as he addressed those who attended the Constitutional Convention:
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