I have posted this pic several times. I have it in a special folder on my computer. It is the pic of a woman who has just escaped East Germany to the West, and the only stopping her from being harmed are good men with guns.
This reminds me that this is the kind of world we live in. Yes, there is more to this world than force and violence. The love of God is a power that will one day redeem it all. But while we live in this world, the light of civilization is sheltered by those who see the nature of the conflict and are willing to front the tide of evil that would sweep all else away.
Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1950s reminded us of this truth even as utopian philosophies drifted through the church blinding it to deep darkness marshaled against the good. Ronald Reagan saw this, and though mocked and derided as a neanderthal and cretan, restored America’s military power to resist. The drama of the Cold War evaporated. And now with our military degraded again due in large measure to Obama’s blindness and George W. Bush’s military blunders, it is time again to restore the necessary power to good people to resist those who mean harm.
I am thankful for realists who daily see the risks and lift a voice to cry out a warning. Be strong, America, even while you adhere to the good. You are being watched, and the calculations are being made about the costs of resisting you.
Make those costs too high to pay.