At 6am on September 13, 1814, the British Navy attacked Fort McHenry, located near the harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. For the next 25 hours, numerous British warships relentlessly bombarded the fort with shells and rockets. The attack on Fort McHenry came just a few weeks after the British had attacked Washington D.C., burned the capitol, the President’s house, and the Treasury Building. They now turned their efforts toward Fort McHenry, a key fort defending the river access to Baltimore. The British believed Baltimore to be a base for American ships being built that could destroy their ships. The British had previously attacked the fort with foot soldiers, who were unsuccessful in their offensive attack. Determined to totally annihilate the fort, the 25 hour barrage began.
Francis Scott Key had previously boarded one of the British ships in an effort to negotiate the release of Americans held captive by the British Navy. As a result of overhearing the planned attacks against the fort, Mr. Key was forced to stay aboard the ship during the attack. He witnessed the relentless barrage by the British Navy against a small amount of Americans with only 20 cannons to defend the fort. As each hour went by, Mr. Key would report how the battle was going to the American men held behind bars in the hull of the ship. With each update, he would simply report that the American Flag was still flying high on the rampart atop the fort. In the early morning hours of September 14, Mr. Key witnessed the tattered American flag at Fort McHenry being replaced by a fresh, much larger American flag, a sure sign of an American victory! It was then that Mr. Key wrote the following words:
“Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
The American Flag, the history of America, and the American way of life is under attack like never before. Much like the British attack on Fort McHenry, the barrage is relentless. The enemy we face today is political division, social unrest, and God-lessness. The barrage is not cannonballs, but rather an all out effort to remove God as sovereign king over America. I believe in the power of prayer, and am sincerely and consistently praying that God intervenes in the hearts and minds of all Americans. It’s unfortunate that the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner is never sung. I believe it optimizes what America is and gives credit to God for our country.
“O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
Indeed, in God we trust, but that motto will soon be replaced if America continues on its current course. The upcoming election is a crucial point in our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren. Please pray much, and fast often for the November 3 election.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalms 33:12).