THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

June 6, 2014

Strong in US History, Weak in Today’s Culture

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Imagine a President praying this prayer on a nationwide broadcast today:

FDR DDay Prayer“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. …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 goodwill 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 … – help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. …And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. …Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.”

This was Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer, June 6, 1944, asking God for victory and for “a renewed faith in Thee.” This was a Christian prayer, to the Christian God, on behalf of a Christian nation, invoking Christian principles as “They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people” (of the world).

The world was a different place; America was a different place; Americans had a Christian consensus.

The D-Day invasion of Europe was the beginning of the end of Nazi conquest in the world. It was a great risk, but would once again give the world a reprieve from the dark forces that sought to dominate it. Light overcomes darkness, but the light of truth is not understood today as it was then, as it has always been understood in America’s short history. America’s greatness was because of America’s commitment to the light of truth. There is a growing cloud of darkness that hangs over our culture; a cloud of doubt and uncertainty as to who we were, who we are, and for what we stand. I believe with all my heart that America’s historic strength has declaration_400x300_imagealways been because of her commitment to the core principles of self-evident truth that our inalienable rights are a gift–an endowment from Almighty God. Those precious truths are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence of 1776. That forgotten document was not only a decree of independence from a tyrannical power, but it was also a decree of DEPENDENCE upon “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…their Creator…the Supreme Judge of the world…with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”

Later, as Franklin reminded the Constitutional Convention of 1787, I would also repeat and ask America to ponder his words:

benfranklin“In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor…And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men.”


We cannot afford to forget and forsake God. We must remember Him, if not for our own sake, for the sake of our children and future generations. Hosea 4:6 warns, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” America must awake from its amnesia and once again become “strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. – Psalm 33:12



  1. T.G.I.M.! on the Prairie, June 9, 2014
    Thank you, D.F. Hite, for these words of admonishment and of encouragement.
    the Williams Family

    Comment by Bud and Nancy — June 9, 2014 @ 9:15 am | Reply

  2. Weekend in the Heartland, August 23, 2014
    Our family is very grateful that you’ve kept this article right out there on the fore front: Psalm 33:12 says it all.
    With kindest regards,
    the Williams’

    Comment by the Williams Family — August 23, 2014 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  3. T.G.I.M.! in Mid America, September 29, 2014
    Good afternoon to the “Iron Pen!”
    We pause, again, to express our heartfelt gratitude for such inspiring words.
    God bless you,
    Bud and Nancy Williams

    Comment by Bud and Nancy — September 29, 2014 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

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