Today is Pearl Harbor Day, so we’ll take a brief break in our pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the Psalms of Ascent. On this day in 1941, without provocation, Japan attacked the US Naval base in Pearl Harbor. That plunged the US into World War II. At the time bombs were falling on our soldiers and sailors in Hawaii, Dad was winning a high school public speaking contest with a well known speech entitled "Peace in our day". Shortly after that dad enlisted in the US Navy, and eventually became navigator on board an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Theater. His whole life changed that day, as did the lives of everyone else in the US. The entire nation pulled together to fight the enemy. Those who couldn't take up arms worked in factories to make the equipment to fight the war, or in the fields to bring in the food to feed the soldiers and sailors. Mom worked for a company that made the landing craft that landed our brave soldiers on the beaches in the Pacific. The entire nation geared up to fight the war in whatever way they could; almost everyone became involved in the war effort. There was a deep sense of outrage against the Japanese across the nation because they had attacked our people, destroyed our property, and invaded our territory, the islands across the Pacific. They had wakened a sleeping tiger and they soon felt that tiger's wrath. Psalm 83 could well describe how we as Christians should respond as we are attacked without provocation. Christian businesses are being targeted by the PC crowd because the owners have convictions based on God's Word. Individual Christians are being targeted because they dare to talk about Christ in the workplace, or even just wear a necklace with a cross. Attempts are being made to silence Christian counselors from helping people to overcome sin in their lives. The Christophobic crowd is attempting to outlaw the Christian principles the US was built on and wipe out or disrupt Christians as we meet in homes for prayer meetings and Bible studies. They are trying to expunge Godly influence in government as they demand that copies of the 10 Commandments be taken out of government buildings and prayer be eliminated from government meetings and that nativity scenes be removed from sight. They proclaim with their mouths coexistence, understanding, tolerance, but their actions show they are demanding just the opposite of those things: hatred, intolerance, and that they won't be happy until their ideas and way of life is imposed on everyone. They call the Christians bigots, but they themselves show the greatest signs of bigotry, labeling and libeling anyone who disagrees with them as some kind of phobe, intolerant, and racist. The lives of Christians, of Americans, across the nation have been changed completely because of these unprovoked attacks, and we, as Christians, should feel that same outrage that the US felt when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. We need to work together, and pray together to reclaim our countries (US and UK) for Christ. So we cry out to God as David did in Psalm 83 , "O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. 2 For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves. 3 They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel (or God's people) be remembered no more.” 5 For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant" They are not just attacking us. They are attacking God. They are poking a sleeping tiger and will, sooner or later, feel that tiger's wrath. The rest of that Psalm describes the tiger’s wrath, and the prayer in that Psalm is that God would either destroy them or convert them. 15 So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm. 16 Fill their faces with dishonor, That they may seek Your name, O Lord. 17 Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, And let them be humiliated and perish, 18 That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth. May God bless us with the convictions we need, and the courage and ability to stand for those convictions, and stand together as God' people in doing that. May God give us fervency and faith as we pray that He would turn this country around, and watch for the ways He would use us to do so. Just as the entire nation got behind the war effort in 1941, so all Christians need to get behind this spiritual war effort with prayer, mutual support, and evangelism.