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D-Day

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“…we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” The Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln

World War II was not formerly a religious war but it did have an aspect of a religious war. Nazism was virulently idolatrous and atheistic, that is, Nazism dissociated itself from the Lord God of Israel and the Church. After World War II ended, Communist Russia held by force and domination the following nations: Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, Albania, People’s Republic of Angola,  Bulgaria, China,  Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hungary, Mongolia, Nicaragua,  North Korea,  Poland, Romania,  South Yemen,Vietnam,  Tuvan People’s Republic, and Yugoslavia. Communism is as Nazism: violently anti-Christian and anti-religion. The Soviets held their empire many more years than the Nazis, in which Judaism and Christianity were suppressed and oppressed.

This still goes on in Communist China and Cuba as this week another anniversary was remembered by too few: The Tiananmen Square Massacre, June 4, 1989. To this day, the Communist Chinese regime has effectively written that event out of their official historical record. We still do not know how many were killed in the heart of Beijing near the Altar of Heavenly Peace. This photo reminds us of the beginning of that massacre:

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The United States fought two more wars in the 20th Century to stop the spread of Communism and in this century to stop militant Islam.

World War II was to stop an aggressive and violent atheistic ideology. D-Day would mean that within a year of the invasion on Fortress Europe the concentration camps would be liberated. The Fall of the Soviet Union meant the terrors of the gulags would be stopped. Tyrants do not confess the one true God. Today’s tyrant still wants to stop Christianity.

The thousands upon thousands who landed this day 75 years ago probably had no idea they were also fighting to stop the spread of atheism. This United States World War clip-art states the reality of the anti-Christian zealotry in Nazism (and Communism and so much of present day progressivism) and what we are up against today:

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Freedom is not only political but it is also spiritual. Those soldiers and sailors were frightened and yet courageous. The spiritual battle goes on. Their example must be before our eyes and hearts so we are heartened in the battle. J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is modeled by the author after World War II. Frodo wants to give up, what’s the use, the journey is too great. His friend and brother in arms, Samwise Gamgee answers, “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” The men and women on the beaches of Normandy knew that. It is said there were more Christian martyrs in the 20th century than all the previous centuries combined. They too were most likely frightened and yet courageous. This great cloud of witnesses and martyrs encourages us for the Lord’s good and good work, His salvation is covered in His blood, for His creation.

President Roosevelt’s Prayer prayed on June 6, 1945

“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. 

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. 

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph. 

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war. 

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home. 

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them–help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. 

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts. 

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces. 

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be. 

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose. 

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. 

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen.”

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