Summary: Why did God set America aside as the "New World?" Why is America Free?

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I have several things on my mind as I sit down to write this monthÕs column. WeÕre just a week or so into the month of June now. The cold, rainy weather of Spring seems to have finally given way to summer. The kids will have their last day of school before summer break this week, and our family is busy with summer plans; our son Robbie has already started the summer baseball league, IÕve spent a day in GodÕs great outdoors with my daughter Alley at the Awana Sparky camp, and we were finally able to get a few garden plants in the ground.

But other things are happening too. The world has just commemorated the anniversary of D-Day, where so many young Americans suffered and died to bring freedom once again to that part of the world, and keep the rest of us free. They were just young kids, doing their job, but their job had a profound effect on the history of the world.

Then, this past weekend the news came that President Reagan had passed away at age 93, after he and his family had suffered the past ten years with the long, slow goodbye of AlzheimerÕs disease.

In about three weeks time, America will hand over control of a newly-free nation to a new, sovereign government in Iraq.

Less than a week later, here in America, we will celebrate our own independence, on the 4th of July.

All these things have made me stop and think about how insulated most Americans are in todayÕs world. While our young men and women in Iraq are fighting and dying every day, here in America, life goes on as usual. We go about our daily lives, working, playing, planting our gardens, taking care of our homes and families like usual. We go to little league games, play with our kids and pets, plan our vacations, shop for groceries, clean the house, mow the lawn, watch TV, follow the Packers training camp...

The war in Iraq, for most of us, is little more than one more news story. Our lives go on as usual. It doesnÕt affect us.

How is this possible? Our young men and women are fighting for their lives overseas. In a very real sense, like their counterparts that went before them, they are fighting for OUR lives, and our way of life here in America. And so many of us donÕt care. It doesnÕt affect us.

Our enemy overseas may be different in this war than in previous ones, the battle lines may not be as clearly defined as they once were, but the fight is the same. Why is it that so many of us just donÕt seem to care? WhatÕs happened to our country? WhatÕs happened to our people? Why are we so cynical, sarcastic and superficial?

Why is all the news coming from Iraq bad news? What happened to the patriotic news reports of WWII, when allied victories were actually REPORTED? Yes, things have been difficult in this war, but weÕve also made incredible progress over there in the past year, and youÕll never hear about it from the mainstream media. Talk to any soldier returning from the war, and theyÕll tell you, the vast majority of Iraqis WANT us there, theyÕre glad we did what we did, and they finally have some hope for a better life. How disheartening it must be for these soldiers who have sacrified so much to see the blatant anti-American slant our media puts on EVERY SINGLE REPORT coming from the front lines! Shameful!

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