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A View from the Altar / September 11, 2001, the day that really didn’t change America all that much
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September 11, 2001, the day that really didn’t change America all that much

Like most people, I can remember where I was when I heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the abortive attacks that resulted in the Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania.  President Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a day that will live in infamy.”  September 11, 2001 will likewise be a black date for generations to come.

Of all the remarkable things that have happened since that day, none is more remarkable than the fact that America still cannot bring herself to name the evil ideology that motivated the killers.  Islam like the name of Voldemort cannot be spoken.  That the murderers have equally fanatical kindred still trying to kill us remains a fact visibly not seen by the political establishment.  This explains why the TSA seems more likely to strip search the little old lady from Pasadena than to enforce the no-fly status of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Moslem underwear bomber from Nigeria by way of Yemen.  If the sight of the flaming towers collapsing into dust couldn’t shake America out of its multi-culti folly, nothing can.

The engine of this cultural Todestrieb is that the entrenched power structure in America is deeply anti-Christian and committed to  overturning the historic Judeo-Christian foundations of the West.  Adjust the eyepiece and what comes into focus is a yearning for something akin to Roman paganism where Caesar was supreme.  You can have your own private deity provided it remains unquestionably subordinate to the state.  Idolatry of the state was America’s chief sin on September 10, 2001, and the bloodshed of the morrow didn’t change it at all.

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Every religion has its account of human origins, including that of state religion in America.  The state believes man is not created but is the end result of a process of development.  That determines its view of what a person is.  The older Christian view, now suppressed, is that man is made in the image of God and that his image demands certain things, most importantly, the right to life.  The state is obliged before God to protect and defend that image.

But the state, like Pharaoh, knows no such God nor discerns his image.  It deploys its power to protect what it perceives as its own interests.  For individuals whose process of development hasn’t gone far enough for the state to see an interest in defending them, there is no protection.  Hence, the unborn are fair game.  America slaughters more of these persons every day than perished on September 11, 2001.

That day should have brought a season of soul-searching.  And if America had searched her soul, she might have heard the voice of Rachel weeping for her little ones because they are not.  Instead, without asking God Almighty if the enemy had ventured an arrow through a gap in our breastplate of righteousness, we took up our weapons and went to war.  The killing over there diverts our attention, not his, from the killing over here.

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The early Christians ministered in a degrading civilization.  Corinth was the San Francisco of its day, debauched and proud of it.  Rome was on its way to being a financial basket case, waging wars without end and earning the hatred of anyone who was truly civilized.  The Roman historian Tacitus described Rome as a city “where every abominable and shameful iniquity, from all the world, pours in and finds a welcome.”

In this case, however, Tacitus was denouncing the rise of Christianity within the borders of Rome.  As then, so now, the stone which the builders rejected would be the head of the corner.  What the Roman establishment took for a sign of further decay was in fact their brightest hope.

The Gospel is still the path of life, and even if Caesar declares it absurd or illegal or even punishable by death, it remains the truth that God has chosen to save souls and nations that bend the knee to Jesus Christ.

And that also hasn’t changed since September 11, 2001.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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