Hope for a Hopeless Nation
September 11 Revisited
Please join me as we remember September 11, 2001. On that day unimaginable things took place, and the fabric of American society was forever changed.
We remember the sacrifice of those located in the trade towers, and the pentagon as invaders from the east ruthlessly and illogically attacked our land.
The Story of Flight 93
We remember the bravery and the action of those on board Flight 93 whose fate was to end in a field in Somerset County, in Pennsylvania.
Life is different now in America. We are more unsure of ourselves. We are colder, and less trusting. We have grown cynical - and yet we still stand in the greatest nation this world has ever known.
On that night 13 years ago, I remember attending a prayer meeting in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. People were turning back to God, and to the church house. We understood the need of returning to the God who gave us this nation 239 years ago. But that emphasis was soon forgotten.
We Are Out of Control
The warnings continued. We remember the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Sandy. We still feel the effects of the economic crash of 2008. School violence has escalated beyond control. Families - the building block of societies have effecttively been destroyed. Abuse and violence raise their ugly heads on every side. Injustice and corruption are to be found everywhere, and we ask why?
The question arose many times in the aftermath of 9/11. Where was God when all of this was happening? The short answer is we sent Him away. We removed Him from our schools. We barred Him from our justice system, and government. The politically correct crowd has pushed Him out of the public arena.
We want to remove Him from our Pledge of Allegiance. We want to remove Him from our money, and then we ask – where was God on 9/11?
The History Behind St. Paul Chapel and George Washington
A One of a Kind Nation
America is a unique nation. God chose the nation Israel for His own, but America is the only nation that chose God for her own. George Washington warned the United States that if it did not uphold the eternal standard of God, our nation would not prosper. George Washington, gave his inauguration address in New York City on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall. The message in his address was “The propitious smile of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself hath ordained.” My friend, we have lost the smile of God. WE have lost the smile of God.
The only way to regain that blessing is to return to the foundations of this nation – Trust in God. II Chronicles 7:14 says, “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.”
Our part: Humble ourselves before God. Realize it is not about us, but about Him; pray – oh, if this nation would return again to prayer; seek His face – He and he alone has the answers for a nation gone wild in self-indulgence, lust, and hedonism; turn from our wickedness – we must turn from ourselves and back to God and his plan for ourselves, for our families, for our communities, for our nation.
His part: To respond to our desperate pleas, forgive us, and heal this broken land.
Paul Washer- The Narrow Way
The Narrow Way
Jesus said the road is narrow and few there be that find it, but find it we must. The warnings of the past are quickly turning into the judgment of God, Jesus again said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
The Apostle Peter mentioned, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
The answers are not to found in the government. They are not to be found in the economy, or even in reformation, but in Jesus Christ. I invite you to come to Him today.
Claim Him as your own, and turn back to the only Hope we have in America right now. We are, oh so close, to the point of no return. Right now God is warning. He is trying to get our attention once again. If we do not repent, His warnings will fade into His judgment.
Yes, we need to remember all that took place on that day 13 years ago when our great nation was so viciously attacked. The sacrifices were many, and significant. They were made for you.
Although we need to remember the past, we also need to look to the future. There is a new day waiting if we but look at ourselves, and return to the One who gave us the blessing of this great land. He, and He alone is the answer.
People see the Bible as a book of nonsensical do's and don't's. The fact is the Bible is given for our benefit. It is the owner's manual for living. When I purchase a vehicle, it comes with an owner's manual. It details how the vehicle is to be cared for. It will list certain oil types, the correct air pressure for the tires, perhaps even recommend a particular grade of gasoline.
The purpose of the book is to help us maintain the car, truck, or SUV we have just purchased. The manual is not to cramp our style in any way, but to enhance it. Likewise, the owner;s manual God has given us in the form of the Holy Scriptures is not to hurt us, but to help us go on to a wonderful life of peace and contentment.
Let me ask you - where is peace and contentment in the world today? It is not that God no longer cares about us, but we have thrown out the owner's manual. We live by our own traditions and philosophies rather than by truth. Truth is not relative, as some believe. Truth stands in, and of, and by itself, completely independent of what we may believe or think. It was upon this foundation of truth that the great nation America was founded.
We have left the truth for lies. We have traded dinner for dessert. The time is now to return to the Lord and His purposes.
It Is Your Turn
So what is next for America? The ball is in our court. If we return, I believe God will spare us a little while longer. If we choose to continue to go our own way, we can be sure judgment is just around the corner. God is consistent in His dealings with mankind. If America goes on in her rebellion against God and the owner's manual. we will without doubt reap what has been sown.
In the past thirteen years we have sown and are now reaping the harvest. There is little time left. Jesus informed us the harvest is white, ready to reap, but I wonder, has the bumper crop He intended largely wasted away unattended on the vine.
To those of you who read this, know that you are now responsible for your corner of the world - or your corner of America. We have wasted enough time. It is time to move. 9/11 is not about the past. it is about our future. Soon your life will be past. What will be the result? What will you leave behind?