You may have heard the name Rico Petrocelli. Rico is a retired short stop for the Boston Red Sox who played a big part in the 1967 Dream Team. Due to his participation in that historic event, Rico has become a public speaker addressing audiences everywhere and we invited him to speak at our church.
Rico shared of the earlier days in his career, including his conversion to Christianity. Then he delivered an insightful message about the moral decay in America over the last 40 years. He talked strikingly and convincingly of a societal war.
We are all familiar with America’s war on drugs, and the war against terrorism, but Rico spoke of another war. He raised our awareness concerning the premeditated tactics of the pornographic industry to stalk unsuspecting youth, and imprudent adults.
Media, Internet enabled cell phones, palm devices, and other helpful hi-tech tools are being abused by misguided individuals to provide easy access to indecent content, and unsafe associations. Unfortunately, these advances have made it easier for the immoral to target individuals across various ages and genres.
At the end of Rico’s talk our Pastor stood to dismiss the crowd. My mind wandered back to what he had shared months before about the dangers in his world as a young man raised in Lebanon. Pastor spoke of days when gunshots prevented access to food, of bombs striking nearby buildings, and of friends being removed from their homes – never to return. The country of Lebanon has been frequently ravaged by war.
I have never experienced war first hand, but I have been affected by the distress of combat. In 1989 I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome. I had experienced a string of heartbreaks that frayed my emotions to the point of illness. Mine was a different kind of war.
There are seasons in life when we are battered by hard times. They come in various forms and are often surreptitious assaults that catch us unaware. So, how do we fight influences that undermine our society, our country, and our personal well-being?
Rico emphasized the need to remain alert to the activities and temptations around us. He charged us to be proactive concerning what is healthy and in the best interests of ourselves and others, and he urged us to recognize the matchless power of God through Jesus to transform individuals and nations.
Aligning ourselves with God places us in a position of wisdom, safety and strength. So regardless of enemy tactics, we can make it through the battle, to sweet victory!
Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 3/6/2009 11:05 AM