- The Washington Times - Friday, November 30, 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, America is still in its longest war, contending against Islamists who struggle for worldwide, theocratic rule.

The Islamic Republic of Iran threatens the annihilation of Israel; Islamists strive to have the entire world submit to Allah, whose prophet was Muhammad; and in Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s efforts are bringing that fledgling democracy to the brink of civil war. Meanwhile, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority contend for governance against Hezbollah and Hamas, respectively, and Syria’s death toll in its civil war has surpassed the 40,000 mark.

In contrast, Christians in America close out this year with the celebration of the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They are allowed, under the Constitution, to practice their faith, based on the Bible’s claim that Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross as ransom for mankind’s sins and miraculously overcame death three days later. These beliefs are freely espoused in America.

America’s Constitution is a testament to our durable will, for only in freedom are liberty and justice for all realized. During the Cold War, President Reagan said, “If we ever forget that we are ‘one nation under God,’ then we will be a nation gone under.” It would be wise for Americans to exercise their Judeo-Christian heritage and pray to the God of their forefathers — before they find themselves one nation under Allah.

JEFF LARDIZABAL

Fayetteville, N.C.