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"Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight" (I Chronicles 19:13).

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Towers Fell and We Feel It Not.

This day marks the 15th year since 9/11/2001.  We are almost at the close of the fateful anniversary.

This day forever is imprinted on those who were old enough to remember the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center crashing, which killed almost 3,000 people. 

Many today, I am sure, have told family, friends, or even strangers about where they were or what they were doing when they first heard of the attacks.

I myself was in Iowa with my family, en route to Kansas City from Minnesota, to take part in a church missionary fair.  We were at a station, pumping gas, when a man came over and knocked on the window, saying, "The second tower just fell!"  We had no idea what he was talking about.  Hearing a bit more from him, we ran over into a nearby Walmart, and watched the horrific news in their TV department.  

The nation wept brokenly over the tragedy.  There were great cries and mourning.  People gathered together in grief.  And understandably so, at the immense loss of life on that one day!  

Much has been said, reported, claimed, and blogged about 9/11.  But I would like to put out an observation that I have not heard ANY ONE else mention, whether in person, on TV, radio, or the internet.

I must confess that as a young man, before that 11th day of September, I had never heard of the Twin Towers.  But just weeks later, I found a little book that had a picture of those buildings as well as a lot of other photographs in the cover.  It was entitled 1973.  Curious, I read it.  It was chock full of little facts of things that were accomplished, came into fashion, or got invented in the year 1973.  

Being printed before the crash of the World Trade Center, of course it did not mentioned the attacks, but I found that those same Twin Towers were completed on April 4th of that year.  

It was also the same year (January 5th) that all airlines became required to begin screening passengers and their carry-on baggage as a measure of security at airports.  Interesting.

There were many other items, including fashion trends, economic hiccups, and popular toys, mentioned. 

But the ONE THING that struck me the most was that the book recorded that it was also the year that our nation's Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, making it "legal" to murder people in the womb. January 22nd., 1973, OUR Supreme Court declared that to have an abortion was a constitutional "right".  

But their saying this that did not make it so.  

The U.S. Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to say that any type of "murder is now okay".  

God is the Author of Life (the Author of Marriage too), and ONLY He has the authority to dictate when life should be taken away.  And He has made it CLEAR,  

"Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place." (Jeremiah 22:3).  

We are NOT to do violence toward the weak and the vulnerable, neither are we to shed the blood of the innocent.  And yet in abortion the most vulnerable of people are suffering violence and their innocent blood is shed.

Abortion is contrary to God's Law which is higher than man's law.  And it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, the three founding documents of our nation.  Thus it is a perversion of just law, God's and man's (which is based in God's), and is truly unlawful.  As the psalmist said, "Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?" (Psalm 94:20).  

In 1973, the towering pillars of Justice and Equity for all were toppled for the sake of convenience.  The barbarous abomination of child sacrifice to the god of SELF became a "right" to be protected, promoted, and pursued.  Mischief was indeed framed by a law.  THE TOWERS FELL.

Abortion is not a right.  Abortion is a WRONG.  And the verse above says "DO NO WRONG".

Yet our country has functioned for OVER 40 YEARS as if it is now permissible to commit murder if your victim is a certain age, size, and in an accepted location.  Since 1973 our nation has slaughtered over 60 million babies where they should have been the most safe.  That is 2 every minute, over a million each year.  

Which means that from the year that the World Trade Center Towers were finished, we have been butchering, poisoning, and burning to death over 3,000 baby girls and boys every day.  That is the equivalent of a 9/11 attack DAILY for 28 years up to the attack on the Trade Center!  AND that number of murders has continued unto this day.  

Where are the tears?  The mourning?  The gatherings to grieve?  

A nation weeping brokenly over the innocent?

Where are the memorial services?  Where is the outcry?  

Where are the demands for justice and equity?

Where are the heroes to warn the wicked and rescue the weak?

Tragically we are unmoved.  As a nation, and even the church of Jesus Christ at large, we are often too busy with work, with play, with entertainment, with education, with religious activity, to mourn over the murders in our midst.  We ourselves have become selfish, and don't want to be inconvenienced.  For much of the country, and most grievously, much of the body of Christ, we are content to do little or nothing in the cause of the voiceless, those appointed to destruction, the poor and the needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).  We are not demanding for the total and immediate abolition of this evil.  But we are quick to say, "God bless America." 

 "And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter" (Isaiah 59:14).  THE TOWERS FELL long before 9/11 and we FEEL IT NOT.

Hear the rebuke that God had the prophet Micah deliver to the nation of Judah: 
3:9 "Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity."
3:10 "They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity."
3:11 "The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us."

Shall we simply say that the LORD will just ignore what we have allowed?  
That God will simply continue to "bless America"?
That He will not bring judgment, nor withdraw His hand of protection?

As Ezra declared, thus far He has "punished us less than our iniquities deserve" (Ezra 9:13).

We must REPENT!

We MUST repent!

WE must repent!