“Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?” (Jeremiah 15:18)
America has healed from the Civil War and two World Wars—why can’t we heal from 911?
September 11, 2001, 8:46 a.m. – Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crash the plane into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.
9:03 a.m. – Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.
Twin Towering infernos incinerate 3,000 innocent people, both the workers inside and the first responders who rushed in to help. The flames flash a bright light into the abyss to reveal the blackest evil of our time—Islamic Terrorism.
The next 60 minutes are a living hell.
That hour brings several firsts:
- The first time the whole nation felt terror
- The first time that the Stock Market was closed for 4 days
- The first time since the Second World War that tanks and military personnel patrol American streets.
- The first time we saw $30 billion dollars’ in damage done in one hour, and an eventual financial loss we have not yet calculated.
- The first time in recent history that America learned it was vulnerable to an attack from a foreign power.
Not since Pearl Harbor has any event had this much impact on every aspect of our way of life.
It happened 18 years ago today, and the wounds have still never healed. Our pain continues. Jeremiah asked, “Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?” (Jeremiah 15:18)
Ask yourself: Why have we not healed? The disaster of 9/11 should have driven us to God. Instead, we ran from Him. We banned school prayer that we so desperately needed. We censored the only message that could save us—the Gospel of salvation. Instead of staying vigilant for the war that is being waged on our freedoms, we delved further into drugs, alcohol, and the pursuit of Mammon. Losing our morals made us miserable—so what did we do? We abandoned the few morals we had left.
Our leaders caved in to self-loathing. We contracted syndromes! We got battered wife’s syndrome: blaming America for the terror. And we contracted Stockholm Syndrome: sympathizing with all of the people who would do us harm. We opened our borders and welcomed rapists, cartels, and killers, as if we had some great evil to atone for.
College students—who should rise up to the hard work of facing the future—instead give in to their self-pity and even turn it into a noble crusade…going forth to prove they could be offended by anything, and afraid of everything.
Villains are now victims and victims are now villains. The only thing as ugly as 9/11, is our ugly and ongoing reactions to 9/11.
The whole world knows we are slouching toward Gomorrah. North Korea knows it and flaunts its nuclear crimes. Russia knows it and intimidates our pilots. Iran knows it—demanding and receiving billions in ransoms from our president—then laughing in our face as they continue to expand their nuclear bomb program. China knows it and openly displays contempt whenever possible.
Yes, it is the 18th anniversary of the one day that should galvanize our resolve to once again be the home of the brave. We should weep over the loss of our loved ones, but especially over the loss of God’s blessing. We should be repenting and returning to the roots of our greatness.
What will we see today? Will we see overpaid, overrated, and coddled NFL players show total disdain to our anthem, our flag and this sacred day? In a way, that is a perfect picture of our nation. America is asleep in the light. We are comatose and utterly unaware that we are only setting ourselves up for the next unspeakable horror. May God have mercy on us!
Is our doom sealed?
Not yet, but we must be overtaken with urgency. Our time is almost up. It rests with the people of God to seize this moment. Just as when Abraham pleaded with God over Sodom, he found that Jehovah would spare the city for just 12 righteous men. In the same manner, so will our Lord spare America for the fervent repentance of a few…if His people wake up.
Let us be among those who do wake up to our duty, even if others will not. Only don’t offend truth by saying we are entitled to be spared. Rather, let us be like the prophet Joel who faced certain doom with a hope of mercy. On this day of all days, cry aloud and spare not. Forgiveness is still within our grasp.
“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
So, rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him…