THE IMPLOSION THREAT AMERICA FACES IS BIGGER THAN THE NEXT PRESIDENT CAN SOLVE ALONE: Report from The Family Leadership Summit in Iowa
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by Joel C. Rosenberg
(Des Moines, Iowa) — It was an honor to be included in The Family Leadership Summit here in Des Moines this past weekend. Most of the speakers were governors, senators, or members of Congress and they focused primarily on public policy and politics. I was invited to provide a spiritual perspective and explain the research I did for Implosion and the conclusions I have drawn in writing the book.
While I didn’t use a prepared text, here is the essence of the two major points I tried to make:
First, the threat of implosion that America faces is bigger than the next President can solve alone.
Second, we must all ask ourselves a critically important question: “Is America at a Jonah moment or a Nahum moment?” As you’ll recall, this was the question I raised at a dinner with Protestant and Catholic leaders in Washington, D.C. in July. I decided to share this message in the heartland, as well.
On the blog, I include more details and analysis on each point. I hope you’ll take a moment to read the rest. But for now let me just say that I was deeply encouraged by the response of those who attended the Summit to my remarks to the general session, as well as the executive summary of my remarks that I made during a private session with several dozen Iowa pastors. People came up to me with excellent questions, and many seemed eager to share these points with family, friends and their congregations.
I was also surprised but encouraged by some of the local media coverage of my talk. One article described my remarks as the “most interesting speech” of the Summit — “Most Interesting Speech: I thought best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg delivered a fascinating speech. It was funny, intriguing and thought-provoking. To hear how this man of Jewish ancestry became an evangelical Christian was extremely interesting. Rosenberg’s speech made me want to go buy some of his books, which was probably part of his goal.”
As I understand it, the videos of each message at the Summit including mine will soon be available. I’ll publish a link when that happens and let you know. In the meantime, please join me in praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 for America, and praying that pastors all over the country will begin asking their congregations, “Is America at a Jonah moment, or a Nahum moment?” Thanks.
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