Divine providence. Manifest destiny. American exceptionalism. These are all terms bandied about in the political arena today. There is no debating that many of our Founding Fathers invoked “nature’s god” and “divine providence” in their writings. Is America exceptional? Is there a plan for this country ordained by God himself? Do the actions of citizens invoke God’s favor or His wrath?
Carol Swain addresses these topics in her book “Be The People”, making a largely well-informed and well-articulated argument for her tenants. The crux of her book hinges on 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” New International Version (©1984)
Conservative Christians have made the same arguments for decades and sadly, many of the issues facing our country are worse — not better. The best point of Carol Swain’s book is that we each have the responsibility to know our beliefs and to know our history and our founding documents. As a society we have abdicated our role as the keepers of that for which our Founding Fathers fought and died. You may not agree with Ms. Swain’s conclusions but as an American you cannot disagree with her methods…know what you believe (can we at least agree on the Ten Commandments?), know what the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence have to say about how things should be done.
There’s an old saying “If you don’t vote, don’t complain!” I’d take that a step further and say “If you don’t vote from an informed perspective, don’t complain!”
Suzanne Kidwell is the host of the sensational, expose’ cable show “Judgement Day”. So what if she cuts a few corners, embellishes a few truths and disregards facts? The means justify the ends, right? Suzanne has the high ratings and fame associated with her go-get-’em show but that doesn’t protect her when her physician-boyfriend ends up dead in an explosion meant for her. When his nurse shows up dead on her apartment floor she is framed for the murder. Suzanne has made plenty of enemies along the way, so it is easy to find people with motives to do her harm. What has she stumbled upon that is so important that they want her dead?
Marcus Crisp, and his partner, Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne are two private investigators brought in to help prove her innocence. Despite a romantic history with Marcus, Suzanne is forced to accept their help. What ensues is a page-turning suspense story that will have you asking a lot of questions!
Cloaked in a fast-paced detective story, Judgement Day raises a number of extremely subtle issues. It is a story of situational ethics and the snowball effects of selfishness. While the situations presented in the book are obviously extreme, each of us faces a myriad of small decisions every day that are pinned on situational rights and wrongs. What principles guide your life?
Although the book is categorized as Christian Fiction, the “Christian” content is more implied than overt. While you’re enjoying the fast-paced, wild, edgy ride you are subconsciously challenged to think about right and wrong. I enjoyed the book.
***WaterBrook Multnomah publishers provided me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review***