Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001

Most Americans did something on Sunday to commemorate the attacks on America September 11, 2001. On that day, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airline planes, flying two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and one crashed in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The combined death toll of the terrorist acts was 2,996.

The effectiveness of the terrorist plot executed on U.S. soil rocked the American ego to its core. The extensive efforts to memorialize the events of that day demonstrate the attempt to regain that sense of American supremacy. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, constructed at the site of the World Trade Center, is estimated to cost $350 million. The memorial to the victims of Flight 93 outside Shanksville has already required over $52 million and needs at least $10 million for completion. The Pentagon Memorial Fund has set a target of $32 million for its construction.

President Obama speaking at the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks

Each year at the memorial service, organizers prohibit speeches by politician, requiring them to do readings only. President Obama chose to read Psalm 46 this year, a psalm celebrating God’s selection of Jerusalem as his chosen city through which he will bless the world. It exalts the supremacy of God over all nations and his unsurpassed ability to protect his chosen city.

Portions of that psalm read:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way …. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. … Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

The President’s suggestion that the U.S. has a special position in God’s program will win the applause of a majority of Americans, but such an opinion cannot stand the scrutiny of biblical interpretation. God has made no promises to this country for special protection or blessing. The persistent effort of the U.S. to marginalize God and reduce him to a spiritual token places it at the mercy of a holy and just God.

America trusts God for protection as much as it trusts Iran for reliable intelligence.

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It trusts in a military force unequaled in the world. It trusts in its powerful corporations that have dictated the global economy for decades. It trusts in a political system that preserves power for the wealthy and connected. It trusts in a smug scientific community to rescue Americans from the effects of their hedonistic indulgences. But trust in God as a refuge and strength? Where is the evidence? If it trusts God, why did planners of the memorial service exclude all religious leader and all prayer?

Following the 9/11 tragedy, churches experienced a sudden surge in attendance. The fear-induced knee-jerk interest in religion subsided in a few months. Our government, inflated by its military complex, was adequate to restore peace and protect our prosperity. People returned to Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Those great deals could not be passed up.

A week after Middle Eastern fanatics insulted the U.S. with its terrorist plot, a rare bipartisan Congress authorized Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The U.S. led military operation pledged to dismantle the Al-Qaeda organization in order to protect freedom in the developed world. Eighteen months later, political leaders spun military intelligence on the Wheel of Fortune to justify an invasion of an impotent Iraq.

The true object of U.S. trust, its military might, exercised its own brand of justice to “break the bow and shatter the spears” of those who would dare to slap the face of the leading democratic society in the free world.

The annual memorial service seeks to remember those who died in this tragic attack.  The hyped public performance seems to display inappropriately the grief of family and friends that would better be kept private. But this overt exhibition argues for an attempt to inflate an injured national pride, to restore the bravado to a country that demonstrated a chink in its armor. Nationalism trumps theism.

U.S. forces liberated Iraq. Saddam Hussein was captured, tried and executed by the new government of Iraq. Osama Bin Laden was allegedly flushed out and killed. The U.S. is withdrawing its troops from Iraq, nine years after the invasion. The President plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in the next year, eleven years after the incursion. Thousands of people lie in graves, including U.S. soldiers and innocent civilians, in the name of democracy and freedom, not because leaders were acting in submission to the Lord of hosts.

I appreciate the President’s effort to turn the hearts of Americans to God on such an auspicious occasion. On the surface, it appears sincere, but on closer examination it seems hypocritical. I do not pretend to know his motives, but if he really intends to turn to God for refuge and strength, he needs to revise current American military policies to conform to God’s carefully balanced justice and mercy.

“He has told you, O man what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

About stanwiedeman

Christian seeking to find a biblical perspective on culture and life
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2 Responses to MEMORIAL TO WHAT?

  1. I’m the activist father of Eric Christl and his wife Christina Mogan-Christl who both love the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m very happy to see this direction in your stewardship commitment to God & NOT global hegemony as an imperialistic tool of “statism”.

    At the top you mention that your looking for the TRUTH in all things…I refused to research the 9/11TRUTH movement for many years since having one grand conspiracy on my plate,but when cheap internet came to Cambodia the video info & 1500 engineers stating it’s impossible for building #7 collapsing for no reason with police saying they are going to bring it down “get back now”. The twin towers were built to withstand plane attacks…on and on the tale goes endlessly. Something is GREATLY remiss for CERTAIN. If you were REALLY interested in the deeper truths these facts might pierce the veil of your overall interest in this war generating event.

    Amerika has a long history of “false flag” events that propel a warmonger nation into action.Then comes the vilification of a small minority of peace activists who appeal to wants of love & transparency. The ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ was the most striking in my life,yet a google check will explain a litany of violent events that appear contrived & compelled a nation that spends more on military expenditures than the entire world combined– to warmaking. Since the Pentagon was built on the hempfields research lands of the US Dept of Agriculture’s Arlington Farms,and the new ‘billion dollar crop’ was closed-down with orders from OSS to call hemp–MARIJUANA–with the 5 star building placed on this sacred property. The crop that could give super protein/Omega EFA’s in abundance & plastic-paper-engineered lumber-textiles-biomass conversion to fuel spectrum…ENDLESS BOUNTY…made illegal & called the ethnophaulism-MARIJUANA–a supposed Mexican colloquialism of “Mary Jane” of black Jazz musicians using reefers as alcohol was prohibited. Racism was used to ban the greatest physical gift as a natural resource,and an immense global war on nature was pursued. The Pentagon has created war everyday of my 58 years without an imperialistic ego concern of most narcissistic Amerikans.Your 19th century Bibles are still like new because they used hemp paper NOT precious trees.

    I did digress slightly from my point of looking deeper into who orchestrated these horrific events on 9/11/01, & why they created continual aggressive WAR(S) of drone murder & foreign occupation of many countries with an “occult-like” secrecy. It’s taboo to even ask how these marvels of architecture could be COMPLETELY pulverized into dust & remnants shipped out of the country with no scientific explanation. Think for a second how for the laws of physics have no bearing on this disaster…THAT SHOULD ALSO BE YOUR CALLING FOR CHRIST-the truth–about why a President tried to stop an investigation into what even happened…you get my theme I’m sure by now–GET even more REAL if you want to see Christ in HEAVEN !!!

    • stanwiedeman says:

      Surely you can appreciate the limitations of humanity in the pursuit of truth. No finite and flawed human could ever hope to obtain all truth, so each of us have to do the best we can with what we are given and in the places where we are divinely led. I can appreciate your questions about the 9/11 events. I have not read and do not have the time to read all the information and speculations about that day. My deepest concerns is helping people find the abundant life in the truth, not just expose the truth for truth’s sake. The pursuit of truth that brings no action seems a rather fruitless way to invest one’s life. It’s not my calling.

      I will let your son know that you contacted me.

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