We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001, the day the towers fell. I got up that morning at my normal early time and was getting ready to take my dog Licorice for a walk when I felt impressed to turn on the television. Now please understand, television is not allowed to be turned on in my home on school mornings as I feel it’s an instant way to turn off your brain. But that morning was different and so I turned it on and started to put on my hiking boots.
As I looked in amazement at the first tower that had been hit, I was watching NBC news and the announcers were talking about all kinds of details about the crash, or at least as much as they knew claiming that it must’ve been some kind of accident. Then, on live television, we saw the second plane hit the other tower. It wasn’t a replay. The announcer said, “The other tower has just been hit.” It was live TV and instantly the words went through my mind, “Osama bin Laden.”
There is no question that this was not an accident anymore, but a very well planned out attack.
The rest of the day was a whirl of images and reports and fears and concerns about what was happening to our world. Stories about Flight 93 crashing into the field, the Pentagon being hit, all the airlines in the entire country forced to land at the nearest airport, etc. are all things that still stick with me to this day.
The world changed that day. We had seen evil before, but now it was here in America. Our innocence was lost and our security went with it.
The one good thing that came out of that, was Patriotism returned to America. We were united more than we had been in decades and I have to say that that was something to celebrate. Obviously, things have worn off and every manner of discrediting our country is flaunted in front of our face, orchestrated by people equally evil to Osama bin Laden.
Sinister forces are at work trying to divide our country. Of course there are some racists in our country, good luck finding a country without them. Yes there are some evil people, but they are the minority. The United States was the first country in the history of the world to go to war and fight for the freedom of slaves. And yet now, statues are being torn down like dominoes and the education level shows that logic has nothing to do with it, we are running on pure emotion and as anyone with experience will tell you, emotion is a very dangerous fuel.
This last week we’ve seen two major hurricanes hit our country for the first time in over a decade. Forest fires rage in the west. A large earthquake hit our neighbor to the south. Again, one good thing has come out of it that is the rest of the country is binding together to help them out. We need to be together. We need to be united.
But we can’t be united when bratty, millionaire quarterbacks use the stage to dredge up the past. We can’t be united when a duly elected president has every possible media outlet searching for anyway they can to bring him down. We can’t be united when we allow the laws of our country to be trampled upon allowing some to go free because of their money and influence while others are imprisoned for doing the same things but they don’t have the money or power to protect them. We can’t be united when we don’t enforce our borders because of a political power play by politicians seeking for more power. We can’t be united when we murder over a million of our own unborn children each year because of convenience. We can’t be united when we ignore the laws of God and trample them under our feet thinking we know better, changing things HE set up, destroying the family and making marriage a mockery of its beautiful potential.
Many people talk about the possibility that these hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and talk of war are from God and are the fulfilling prophecies regarding his anger at our level of wickedness. While that may be true, I’m here to tell you that these are not the ones that are going to occur just before he comes to earth again. They are a ways away. It’s been said that the Lord speaks using natural causes in order that we may repent. If these cause us to think in that direction, then it is working. But I’m here to tell you that the prophesied destructions that are coming to this earth are like nothing that has ever been seen before. If you combined every disaster movie and dystopian novel, they would not equal what will come in the future day. When the entire earth is shaken so badly that all of the continents come back together into one, well, I don’t know how you rate that on the Richter scale. When the entire planet is aflame because of thousands of atomic weapons going off near the same time that we are struck by something from space, well, it’s a lot worse than all the fires that are happening right now in the West. When almost everything in the ocean dies and the waters are filled with a sickly deathly smell, it’s far worse than any oil spill or nuclear disaster like Fukushima. When billions of people are dead, its too late to warn them of the destruction that caused their demise.
Many people worship the world and fight to keep it clean, yet they themselves are filthy beyond measure. The Scriptures refer to us as “pollution’s” and tells us that the earth is pained because of so much sin and wickedness upon it. They describe a planet crying out to God for deliverance from the terrible pollution’s upon it desiring the return of its maker and the restoration to a beautiful world of a higher order filled with people who are good and righteous and just.
The shock of 9/11 seems to have pretty much worn off but I pray that everyone will wake up and recognize that a far worse shock is coming our way unless we change our ways. It’s not too late to change. The things happening today are not the end. There is hope and God has not left us. Yet.
Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ it is possible to be forgiven and to be free from the chains that bind us down. Because of the greatest act in all of eternity, performed for your behalf, everything you’ve ever done may be washed away and you can become clean and pure again. There’s always hope until he tells us there is no hope in right now, well, it’s a great time to change.
We can be reunited with God and become one with him.