My Story: "My Pearl Harbor"

By Gary Brown

This is the third in a series of “My Story” articles. Mine isn’t the greatest of stories; but, it is my story. My hope in sharing my story with you is that you will be inspired to begin to write your own story. If your story is in progress, share it with me. Who knows, it might appear as one of these articles!

God bless you as you journey to discover His story for you.

Maybe you have heard it said that life is what happens while we are off making plans; for life! For most people, what their life becomes is not the result of attending a life strategy conference or from taking a life course. Life is not something we “plan”; life just “happens.”

It was 69 years ago, today, that life was defined for an entire generation of Americans. Early on a sleepy Sunday morning on December 7, 1941 Japanese fighter planes flew over the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii inflicting the greatest defeat and loss of life in one day in United States naval history.

It didn’t matter who you were or what you might have been planning to do with your life, after the attack on Pearl Harbor everything changed. Young men who worked and planned their whole lives to one day take over the family farm found themselves fighting for their country and for their lives in places around the world that six months earlier they didn’t even know existed. For tens of thousands of these brave young men, they would never return home from Europe or the south Pacific. Young women who dreamed since they were little girls about getting married and raising a family found themselves working in factories making instruments of war.

It is amazing how one event can change one’s life forever.

The event that defined life for me wasn’t an attack on a naval base in Hawaii. It was a Sex Education Review Committee meeting in 1990. I know, you just choked on your coffee and you might even be ready to shoot an email to me questioning the veracity of that comparison. After all, men left everything they knew and they died. Folks, I am not taking anything away from those men. I honor and have the highest regard for every single solider who has ever worn the uniform. I tried myself to enlist in the Air Force in 1977, but was refused because of a knee injury I suffered in high school.

In making this comparison, I am not demeaning the sacrifice of those brave men who fought and died in WWII; I am elevating the nature of the attack on our children. When planes attacked our Navy bases, we resolved to avenge the deaths of our fellow Americans and the attack on our country.

We, twenty-first century Americans, suffered our own “Pearl Harbor” on September 11, 2001 when planes attacked us again. Only the target wasn’t a naval base half-way across the world, it was a set of twin towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania. The scenes played out right in front of us in real time, in person, and on virtually every television station in the country. We watched in horror; numb to the events as they unfolded.

Folks, these two events were tragic beyond words. However, there is a tragedy happening in our communities that for most people goes completely undetected. Our children are dying!

Only the assault isn’t from a warring nation or from Islamic terrorists. Our children are dying as a result of a diabolical plan being forced upon us by our own government and education system. Yes, our children are being hit with weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and they are being taken out!

I will mention two today.

WMD #1: With the passage of Roe v Wade, millions of children have not survived their mother’s womb. Thousands more will die in 2011. (I’ll save this important discussion for another day)

WMD #2: Sex Education in our Public Schools. Our youth are being fed lies and half-truths at best, as our teachers are encouraging our youth to commit sexual acts outside of God’s design; marriage.

In case you think I am over-stating the issue. I was thrown into the middle of the sex education fray when quite unexpectedly I was asked to teach sex education in our schools, and I have been in that business ever since.

On December 7, 1941 and on September 11, 2001 the American people stood tall and responded with boldness! Since 1990, when Magic Johnson (of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team) announced to the world that he was HIV positive, it has been open season on our youth.

That day, during the Sex Education Review Committee, was my Pearl Harbor Day; it was my 9/11. I realized then, for the first time, that our students need the church. They need the truth. They need me.

What will it take to get us engaged in our communities? In the culture? In Government? In Politics?

The time is now!


The Moral Liberal, Contributing Editor, Gary Brown, is the President of the Idaho Values Alliance, and Founder and Executive Director of Reach America


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