- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2000

A loss of nerve

"During a visit to Paris, I listened to French president

Jacques Chirac deliver a speech in which he talked about everything that was wrong with the United States. It is decadent, he said, a terrible place and Americans do not understand what is going on in world affairs. 'But,' he continued, 'I greatly admire the advances that the United States has made in the technological realm… .'

"The United States possesses a sense of moral universalism that exists nowhere else. When one talks about some sort of example a model of human rights, constitutionalism … rule of law, and property rights the United States stands alone. Not long ago, several Hudson Institute scholars had the opportunity to spend some time in Indonesia, and we found that Indonesia does not turn for its models to China or Japan; it looks to the United States. The new Indonesian president is very keen on establishing a form of federalism. What does he look to? The American Constitution… .

"There are also reasons why the 21st century may not be an American one. First, the United States has suffered a loss of nerve in recent years. We show a growing unwillingness to either recognize or use our extraordinary military advantage… . This loss of nerve is significant… . Life has lost much of its meaning in America now that people have almost all the material goods and physical pleasures they want. The Old Testament asks the question, 'After affluence, what?' Americans are not sure of the answer."

Herbert London in "The Enemy Within" in the spring issue of the American Outlook

Important invitation

"The day we were married, it rained. It rained so hard, there was a waterfall on the altar. It rained so hard that the bridge to our honeymoon cottage collapsed. It rained so hard that the police had trouble finding the armed fugitive who was hiding somewhere in the vicinity of the reception tent. It rained so hard that there was nothing to do but pray. But by then, we were good at talking with God. We had invited God to our wedding a long time ago, and no matter what happened, we knew He would show up. He did… .

"And so, the first wedding invitation that you send should be a very personal one, a prayer that asks God to attend not only the ceremony on your wedding day, but to be there for all the decisions and details beforehand. Remember, God holds time in His hands. Whatever concerns you have about the months to come, He is already there in the future and He can give you peace about it. So it is perfectly right and appropriate to include Him today. Don't wait until the morning of your wedding to ask Him to show up."

"Touched by an Angel" producer Martha Williamson in her new book "Inviting God to Your Wedding"

Desperate singles

"In a 1990 Gallup poll that asked people what sacrifices they would be willing to make to become rich, 2 percent said they would be very willing (and 7 percent somewhat willing) to marry a rich person they didn't love. Roughly the same number of single women (10 percent) told Gallup this year that if they had an opportunity, they would 'do what Darva Conger did' compete in a televised contest to marry a multimillionaire [they] had never seen, with the option of having an annulment if it didn't work out.

"Ninety percent weren't that desperate."

Karlyn Bowman in "Poll-Pourri" in the spring issue of the Women's Quarterly

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