Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Wake Up Call Forgotten

September 11, 2001.

I remember well the events of that day.  So shocking were they that the course of an entire nation came briefly to an abrupt halt before making a slight turn.  Shock turned into anger, which turned into a resolve that seemed for a while to pull this vast American union together.

The flags flew.  The seventh inning stretch became a time to sing God Bless America in place of Take Me Out to the Ball Game.  As we watched the rescue efforts at the Pentagon and World Trade Center morph into recoveries we were made ever so mindful of our own mortality.  And that triggered something within us - a spark that was encouraging, but never grew into a flame.

That following Sunday at every church in America seemed like Easter.  Everyone, it seemed came to a realization that God was important in their lives. At least for that moment He was.

But as Americans we proved once again that we live for the moment and not with eternity in mind.  The resurgence of church lasted just a few weeks before waning away.  The requests to open the church doors during the week so prayers could be made on the lunch hour faded.  And instead of making a 180 back to God we just took a bend in the road before getting back on the same old paths away from Him.

And here we are today, twelve years later.  Not only are we not closer to God, as a nation we are running in the opposite direction as fast as our relative moralities will take us.  I wonder what God thinks?  Surely this didn't surprise Him.

Preachers like myself, while hating the evil of 9-11 hoped that perhaps it was a true wake up call leading to a revival like the Great Awakenings or even the Jesus Movement.  But it was not.  Like on a rainy afternoon we were interrupted from our nap only to roll over and go back to sleep.

What will it take to bring America back to our knees?  That's where we need to be.

Before it's too late to change.

1 comment:

Freeman said...

I found this article in my email today. I think it answers your question or at least points to what needs to be done to restore America "from the inside out".

Twelve years ago on this day, Americans watched in horror as two buildings exploded into flames, the result of a terror attack on the Twin Towers in New York City’s financial district. Then, in unbelief, we witnessed an attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and mourned the crash of Flight 93 as brave individuals stormed the plane’s cockpit to prevent the destruction of more lives.

Terror struck the heart of our nation and the openness, trust and many liberties, as we knew them, crumbled before our eyes just as the Towers. America would never be the same.

Even today, many Americans question how such attacks could have been executed so swiftly in the heart of some of our largest cities. How could such evil penetrate the veil of protection our nation has so long enjoyed?

What is the answer?
The answer to these questions is very simple. The loss of our Biblical character and understanding of our Christian form of government and law has weakened America from the inside out.

From America’s Christian history we learn:

In order to protect our nation and our liberties, we must restore our national character. From the moment of the founding of the first colony on America’s shores, many battles have been fought, blood shed and lives given to obtain and protect liberty.

However, the real war is a war of philosophies—worldviews—raging continually in the minds and hearts of men, many whom would be patriots but for the loss of principles.

Liberty, like conscience, is both internal and external, the external expression fully dependent upon the internal principle.

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self-Government, compiled by Verna Hall.

Remember with humble gratitude
Today, as we remember the tragic events of 9/11, let us honor those who lost their lives by acknowledging with humble gratitude God’s blessing and goodness on our nation. Let us work to return to the Biblical and republican form of government that our Constitution guarantees. Only then will we be safe and free.