For example, "August 19, 2001 was the tenth anniversary of the final downfall of international communism in the Soviet Union. Some of you may remember that historic event. A group of Russian generals were determined to turn back the tide of democracy in that declining empire. They placed Mikhail Gorbachev under house arrest at his dacha outside of Moscow. Meanwhile a tank rumbled into Red Square with the sole purpose of capturing second-in-command, Boris Yeltsin. But Yeltsin did something quite extraordinary. Instead of acquiescing to his captors, he leaped atop the tank and welcomed the tank commander over to the side of democracy.
"Later the tank commander reported that, up to this point, he had no intention of joining the forces of democracy, but Yeltsin was so persuasive that he could not resist. And with that single event, communism lost its final prospect of a return to power.
"A reporter interviewed Boris Yeltsin not long after that famous incident. The reporter asked Yeltsin what gave him the courage to take that stand. Yeltsin credited reading the story of Lech Walesa, the Gdansk electrician who led the forces of Solidarity and helped bring democracy to Poland several years before.
"Someone once asked Walesa what caused him to make the stand that brought down communism in his land. Walesa said he was inspired to his acts of sacrifice and courage by reading accounts of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights marchers in the United States.
Have we too, as a nation,
forgotten God in our actionsó
if not in our words? As God
said so long ago, 'Blessed
is that nation whose
God is the Lord.'
"When Dr. King was asked what pivotal event spurred him into action as a leader of his people, he cited the influence of Rosa Parks, the African-American lady in Montgomery, Alabama, who refused to sit in the back of the bus when instructed to do so because of her skin color. Now here is the question for the day: 'Is it possible that the fall of Communism began with one African-American woman who refused to sit in the back of a bus?'"2
Suggested prayer: "Gracious God, our Heavenly Father, our nation and the entire free world is in turmoil at this time. We have witnessed inhumane terrorism, the killing of thousands of innocent victims, the violent attack against the very freedoms that allow men, women and children to live in safety, love and security. We pray especially for all who have lost loved ones and are suffering terrible grief and loss. We pray for all world leaders of free countries that you will give them wisdom and discretion at this time, and the courage to do what is right ... that the perpetrators and terrorists and all connected with them will be caught and brought to justice quickly. And we pray for these people, too, as much as we hate their dastardly acts, you have also died to save them. And above all we earnestly pray that you will send a great spiritual awakening across our country and around the world that men and women everywhere will turn to you as our only hope for the survival and salvation of mankind. Oh God, grant that all will come to realize that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and that without God we all eventually perish. Forgive us for our individual and our national sins, and send a great revival and let it begin in me. Gratefully in Jesus' name. Amen."
1. Psalm 33:13-22.
2. From King Duncan and the staff at www.sermons.com
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