A quick word before I begin. While this is a long post, I feel it's highly important, and it's my prayer that you'll take time to read it. Please leave your comments below. I love hearing from my readers!
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Two days later, the morning of September 11, 2001, my husband walked out of the bedroom after kissing me goodbye before heading off to work, and the phone rang. I picked up the receiver to the frantic voice of a woman from my home Bible study group. "A jetliner flew into one of the twin towers in New York City. What's happening!"
"What?" I said, still not fully awake.
"It looks like another plane is headed towards the other tower! Hurry, turn on your TV."
I jumped out of bed and ran into the family room and did as she said. As the screen came to life, hands to my mouth, I stared in horror at the inferno. Smoke billowed into the heavens from the tower as if from a giant volcano. Debris. Papers. Ashes. Soot, fell from the sky, overtaking people on the street below, chasing others like a huge grey monster. People were crying and screaming, running, glancing back in disbelief.
I stood in shock, weeping. Was our entire nation under attack? It was too soon to know. What I did know was that I didn't want my husband to go to work and leave me alone. I ran out to the garage and yelled, "We're under attack! They hit New York!"
As he watched the horrors unfold, he made up his mind that the enemy wasn't going to keep him from his job. "If I stay home, they've won!"
Heart racing and filled with fear, I pleaded with him to stay home with me.
"If everyone stays home, think what that will do to our economy." I knew he was right, but it didn't alleviate my fears. I trusted God, but never had I experienced such tragedy.
Remembering the article I had planned to write only two days before, hit me. The sin of our nation has caught up to us. This is God's judgment. It shook me to the core.
Some, even Christians, with disdain tinged words have said, "A loving God wouldn't do/allow that!"
Before I share why I believe the Lord allowed terrorists to strike our nation, in which I also hope to enlighten those who say, "If God is so loving, why did/does He allow evil to happen?", let me say this. For millennia people have blamed God for every bad/sad incident under the sun. Yet it is God who loves us, and he is long-suffering. I ask you to place blame where it belongs … on the enemy of our souls.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly," John 10:10 (all scriptures taken from the ESV).
Now, on to why I believe God's wrath fell upon the US. Proverbs 14: 34 tells us, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." God's wrath has always been against those who do evil. We see this throughout history; Egypt's destruction – Exodus 15:4, 7, The great plague – numbers 11:33, Israel's wanderings – Numbers 32:10-13, Withholding of rain – Deuteronomy 11:17, Trouble – Psalm 90:7, Man's death – Psalm 90:9.
And his coming wrath … Jerusalem's destruction – Luke 21:23, 24 and Punishments of hell – Revelation 14:10, Final judgments – Revelation 19:15, Israel's captivity – ll Chronicles 36:16 (Strong's Concordance on Wrath of God – C).
After 9/11, people flocked to churches, were kinder to one another, were more patient with their fellow man, but within a couple of months, most fell back into their old patterns. Since then, our nation has been on a freefall further into sin. Persecution and hatred for Christians is on the rise. People want God removed from our money. Prayer has been removed largely from sporting events, graduations, etc.
Romans 2:4-5, encourages us not to presume on the riches of God's kindness and forbearance and patience, and to understand that his kindness is meant to lead us to repentance. It also speaks of his final judgment on those unapologetic for their sins, those whose hearts are hardened. God hates sin, and America is on a slippery slide.
Headlines from US news reports demonstrate the lifting of his hand of blessing from our nation: "Stifling, Long-Lasting Heat to Grip South Through Late-August", "New Round of Rain May Delay Travel, Trigger Flooding in the Midwest", "Flooding Risk Expands into Mid-Atlantic, South", "Severe Storms Affect Kansas City, Chicago Midweek", "Norbert's Flooding Strands, Arizona Commuters", and on and on.
I never wrote that article after 9/11, but lately I've been wondering how long the Lord will tarry with us before tragedy strikes America again? This time I'm sounding the alarm. Especially with people fearing an attack by ISIS on American soil. I'm praying that I'll handle an attack differently next time and not panic.
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe," Proverbs 18:10.
What about you?
This blog isn't meant to be a fear tactic but will hopefully open your eyes to truth.
Lord, forgive us our sins and the sins of our nation. Open our eyes to truth. Your truth, that we would turn from our evil ways and turn back to you while we can. We ask this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
PS I'm praying for you…