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In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?

“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.

Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders. 

Attacking the Defenseless

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How prepared are you for everything to go dark?

By Louis Christensen

The kids scamper away as you release them from supper. You collect the leftovers to use for tomorrow’s breakfast. A summer wind rustles a nearby tree, loosening the last twinkling droplets of evening rain from its leaves. It’s a quiet night -- until you hear the growing roar. The attack...the one you heard would happen, was finally here. It’s close; you can see the glow in the sky. Where are the kids? Where do you hide?

 What were you just picturing? German bombers toppling London? Maybe you were creative enough to picture neighboring American Indian tribes warring for the Great Plains, or Viking invaders burning their way through Eastern England. Or did you picture your family finishing dinner when ISIS detonates a bomb at the outdoor market? Any of them would fit within the narrative, and they would all be equally as terrifying to the mothers and fathers involved.

 But, there is something different about the threat today, isn’t there? You can’t pick up your sword and shield and defend your family, because the enemy doesn’t attack in battle formation. You can’t hide in the bomb shelter, because there are no warning sirens. Has the threat grown beyond any plausible defense? The unfortunate answer is yes. But, not for the reason you might think.

 You cannot take an evolving terrorist group lightly. At some point groups like ISIS will outgrow vans full of fertilizer and vests lined with pipe bombs. It is almost certain that terrorist groups are either working on or are already capable of detonating a dirty bomb. But, as devastating as a large chemical or nuclear strike would be in a densely populated area, recovery would be swift. The nation would band together around the city, and resources would pour in. As inappropriate as it may sound, life for the unaffected would continue with relative normality.

 True societal devastation would come from a few well-placed EMP devices.

 EMP stands for Electromagnetic Pulse. While they cause as little physical damage as you turning on your Wi-Fi router, the blast wave (which extends farther than a nuclear bomb) completely fries anything electrical. It would shut down computers, cell phones, cars, power plants, and even airplanes. Those of you who grew up without electronics might welcome the zapping of computers and smartphones...but the truth is that you’d struggle to survive. An EMP placed near a major electrical grid, data center, or communication hub would result in everything going dark. You may not like technology, but everything you do passes through a computer somewhere along the supply chain.

 How much cash do you have on you right now? You’d need it to last a while because all the banking systems would be down. How many bottles of water do you have? That’s all you’d have to go on because water purification centers run on electricity. How much food do you have? Almost out of that prescription? This might sound like something out of a Hollywood movie, but on March 13, 1989, the city of Quebec experienced a glimpse of this reality thanks to a massive solar flare.

 So, why has the enemy’s attack grown beyond plausible defenses? It’s because their targets have become too weak to survive the attack. Society has knit itself together over the centuries, and, for all the convenience, it has left the individual citizen pathetically reliant on the system. The modern human has become so soft that surviving four days in a national park is touted as a miracle by the news. Think about that for a moment. Two hundred years ago surviving in the woods for a week would have been called “a week.”

 This isn’t to say that everyone will need to run for the hills when ISIS attacks. But, the idea that “the system” is the only thing keeping you alive should be a bit of a wake-up call. Would you be caught completely unprepared if the attack happened today? Now, turning your pool into a bomb shelter filled with pickled vegetables, and Spam may be a bit extreme, but there is nothing wrong with making sure you have the first steps of your survival plan in place.

 For those of you who are afraid of the imminent attack, just remember that statistically you are more likely to be killed by a piece of your furniture falling on you than by a terrorist. So, if you’re afraid of ISIS, you should be equally afraid of dusting that murderous bookshelf!

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 Louis Christensen has been writing articles, short stories and travel essays for several years. He is a guest teacher for honors English classes at a high school in Tucson and a frequent contributor to the Presidential Prayer Team. Louis currently lives and works in Phoenix as an Account Executive for a major tech company.




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