Below is a piece written by my beloved husband, Josh last year on the memorial of September 11th. This is one political topic that he and I agree on 100% and I stand fully behind what he has said so eloquently below.
By: Joshua Dermer
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.