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September 11, 2011
As the day draws to a close, I take a moment to reflect upon the state of our country. As I do on every Sunday, I was in church today exercising my right as an American Citizen to worship as I please. It is because the United States is a Christian nation that I can worship God. Because America is a Christian Nation, the Mormon can do what they do. And because America is a Christian nation, the Muslim can pray to whomever they pray to. Of all mainstream religions, it is only the Christian which is truly tolerant of others. If a Muslim is adherent to the teachings of their book, and that same Muslim is given the opportunity, that Muslim will try to force you to convert to Islam. This is not tolerance. It was an outgrowth of this very belief which led a group of Muslims to attack the United States of America on September 11, 2001. Their attack was a success on many fronts. Initially, we could all see thousands of people die. What we did not see on that day was the perpetual change of the face of America. We could spend hours talking about the numerous ways Americans have so willingly given up their privacy and their rights. Are we really any safer? No. More importantly, September 11, 2001 saw a great revival of the public naming of God. It was commonplace for people to spontaneously sing "God Bless America." It was equally common for people to invoke God's name in prayer. I wouldn't presume to believe that everyone who used God's name during those weeks was saved, but I believe God smiled as this great Christian nation seemed to turn toward Him. Sadly, it was not long before those calls to God were silent. What changed? We forgot we were in a war. No, not necessarily a war with Islam (though our country is at war with Muslim aggression), but in a war with powers and principalities we cannot see. More importantly, we are in a war which no amount of missiles or bombs can fight, let alone win. We are engaged in spiritual warfare and we, as a nation can only win if God is on our nation's side.
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Yes, this verse does specifically apply to the nation of Israel, but we must remember that we, as Christians, are adopted children. If we, as a nation, will humble ourselves, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways God will hear our cries -- God will hear from us in Heaven. As long as we, as a nation, embrace the enemy, God will not smile upon us and we will be vulnerable for another calamity.