Nine Years Later

Below is a piece written by my beloved, Josh. This is one political topic that he and I agree on 100% and I stand fully behind what he has said so eloquently below.  I do apologize to those of you that also read his blog  as this will be a re-post for you.

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Nine Years Later

by Josh

As we reach the nine-year mark of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, I reflect upon how America reacted to this event both in the short term as well as the long term.  Either way, I think this issue is fundamentally theological in nature.  What was our response right after 9-11?  There was a surge of church attendance, but that was very brief.  America as a whole didn’t turn to God.  There was no repentance or even a recognition of God’s sovereignty over all things.  Anyone who spoke of God’s judgment in light of 9-11 was vilified.  Instead of turning to God, Americans built even more nationalistic idols.  As we Americans are prone to do, we once again began to worship freedom itself.

Ironically, the result has been a loss of our constitutional liberties and a massive increase in Federal power.  People talked about “defending freedom” on the one hand while looking the other way when Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act and other legislation which eroded our liberties.  All of this was done to ensure our safety, we were told, and that these massive expansions of government power were necessary to that end.  The reality is that America is not any safer from terrorism today than we were before 9-11.  This is especially true given that our borders are still porous and nothing has been done to seriously halt the flow of illegal aliens into the country.

Our foreign policy has gotten worse, not better, as a result of 9-11.  America became a target of terrorism primarily because of our meddling in the affairs of nations in the Middle East.  This didn’t happen because a group of Muslims “hate our freedom.”  During the Soviet intervention into Afghanistan in the 1980s, the United States trained and equipped the elements which became Al-Qaeda.  Our lopsided and unnecessary alliance with Israel has fueled hatred of America in this region.  America’s unnecessary intervention during the first Gulf War and our subsequent occupation added even more fuel to the fire.

There are far more examples of American intervention into the Middle East than what I’ve mentioned here, but it’s clear that 9-11 was an example of “blowback” just like the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.  Our response to 9-11 should have included an element of restraint on matters of foreign policy, but that never happened.  In a bizarre twist, our operations in Afghanistan suddenly took a backseat to an unnecessary invasion and occupation of Iraq–a nation which had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11.  The neocons had the reigns and were in the process of expanding the American Empire while pursuing their insane attempt to “democratize” the Middle East.

I think it was divine providence, above all else, which explains why the terrorists ultimately chose the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as specific targets.  Those two targets represent two of America’s major sins: the idolatry of wealth and our unjust use of military power.  We have many other sins as a nation to be sure, the holocaust of abortion being paramount.  What we saw on 9-11 was ultimately the judgment of Almighty God, the working of His sovereign hand as He raises up nations and tears them down.  Let us put down our flags and pick up the Scriptures.  I pray that the Holy Spirit works within our hearts to move us to repentance, that we may pledge allegiance to Christ alone.

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4 thoughts on “Nine Years Later

  1. He writes very well! I wish to flow in writing like this one day!

    I agree that it could have been judgement. Part of me thinks it could be,but part doesn’t. I still believe those people are heartless.

    “Our lopsided and unnecessary alliance with Israel has fueled hatred of America in this region. ”

    I’m not sure if he is saying we shouldn’t be allies with Israel? If so, I don’t agree with that.

    Great post though!

  2. Heather:

    We know that this is God’s judgment simply because every calamity in this present evil age is indicative of the curse (Gen. 3). We may not know the specifics per se, but we know enough to make the simple statement that this is Providence in action. In Romans 1, Paul speaks of judgment in the present tense. Moreover, judgment is not simply physical acts, but a giving over of people to a depraved state of mind. That’s what has happened in Western culture today. The predominant judgment we see in our own society is not one of fire and plagues, but of an acceptance of various abominations–too many to list here. That we are even having a discussion over the very definition of marriage, for example, shows that the West as a whole has been given over to a depraved mind.

    As for Israel, I’m absolutely saying that America should not have an alliance with Israel. Our founders (especially George Washington) warned us against entering into entangling alliances with foreign powers. An alliance with Israel does not serve the vital national interests of the United States and is the principle reason why we have reaped so many bad things by way of foreign policy vis-a-vis the Middle East. There are many reasons for this alliance, one of which is bad theology (i.e., dispensationalism) which teaches the false doctrine that there are two peoples of God (the church and Israel). In reality, there is only one people of God. The church is Israel, not some patch of land in the Middle East.

    God in His providence destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D. for a reason. The old covenant is over and the new covenant has been established (Heb. 8:13). This simple redemptive-historical message ought to be preached to false teachers like John Hagee, Tim LaHaye, et al. Because of the person and work of Christ, the Temple will never be rebuilt…and praise God for that. We don’t need any more sacrifices. It is finished.

  3. Thank you Josh for replying! 🙂 I guess it’s just hard to think it was judgement when so many people who were not doing thing against the ones who flew the planes into the buildings died. But I agree with what you said. I didn’t have anyone directly affected by it,but it just angers me still,even if it was God’s will. I think of my own husband who could die in the line of duty.

    I see what you are saying about the political side of not getting involved in those affairs. I don’t see anything wrong with America supporting Israel or the land of Israel. The Psalms tell us to pray for the peace of Israel and I don’t see anything wrong with making a public acknowledgement of that.

    I was telling Hollie you are so good with words and explaining,but I’m not lol So bear with me!

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