I want to share a couple of thoughts about Ronald Reagan, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated this Sunday, the 6th, while his life and Presidency will be celebrated throughout the month of February.
FOX, whose cable news channel has become a banner carrier for many conservatives and Christians, has made what I and others believe is a very bad decision.
FOX, the affiliate network, has declined to carry an ad during this Sunday's Super Bowl that involves a reference to John 3:16 written on the eye black under the eyes of a football player on television.
This is a link to the 30-second ad. FOX says their policy will not allow such an ad.
I personally believe FOX has the right to run or not run what they want on their network. However, I think they blew it on this call. Look at the ad and see what you think.
At least 2 of their affiliates are going to run the ad anyway. There will likely be more by Super Bowl time on Sunday.
The first 2 affiliates to choose to air the ad are in Alabama and would you believe, Washington DC?
A familiar true story is worth repeating. It is profoundly meaningful in these challenging times.
On the eve of Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, a reporter asked him what it was that Americans saw in him. Reagan said, "Would you laugh if I told you that I think maybe they see themselves and that I'm one of them?"
President Reagan believed in America and in the American people.
People believed he was one of them.
Through principled leadership and personal conviction, he led America from Jimmy Carter's "Mourning" to the rising sun of "Morning" in America.
People believed they had a date with destiny.
At the time of his election, we were being told America was suffering from a "crises of confidence"---and perhaps we were.
The Carter Administration had actually defined the times as one of "malaise."
Reagan not only believed in America, but he helped others believe in America as well.
He stood on the world stage, with no apologies, but with confidence, humility and resolve, and defined America---and true freedom.
In 1987, Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate and said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
Just over three years later, I stood and watched the wall being torn down and hauled away in dump trucks. I still have a piece of "that wall" on my desk, and the memory of the face of freedom in action is held in my heart for a lifetime.
I, along with several hundred youth from a local church in what had been "West" Berlin, held a Christian service in a public square of what had been "East" Berlin.
Those in attendance, particularly the elderly, stood in awe of a miracle they had feared may never happen.
For me, it was a defining moment of how faith and freedom can find a way to prevail in the human spirit and in a culture.
I will never forget the glow of freedom on the faces of those thousands in attendance as they publicly expressed their Christian faith.
Newt Gingrich has written a new book titled, you guessed it, "Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny".
I strongly recommend you read the book. If you order the book through our Faith and Freedom website, we receive a commission of 4 to 8%, depending on volume. Click here to buy it.
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