Thursday, September 11, 2014

Where was God on 9/11?

September 11th always tugs at my heart strings.  I can remember exactly where I was when I began to realize what was happening in America.  My heart still breaks for all of those directly impacted by the sheer evilness.  I am certain it always will.

My family and I love New York City.  My husband and I lived on Long Island when our oldest was little.  We have fond memories of our visits to NYC and the people we met.  Our time there was prior to the attacks.  We were fortunate in that we were able to see the beauty of the Twin Towers.  We also stayed in the Marriot hotel that was connected to the towers.  I have memories of Jorden, then age 1, running around the fountain between the towers over and over and over again.  I can vividly picture the people sitting near the fountain eating their lunches.  The way they looked at our little one running around without a care in the world still puts a smile on my face and a tear in my heart.  I wonder, were those sweet faces lost on September 11th?

My heart not only aches for NYC, but for those at the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania, and the people on the planes.  So, so many people....

This past summer, we traveled to NYC and Washington, D.C.  We visited the memorial museum in NYC and the memorial at the Pentagon.  So, so many people...

The question I have heard numerous times is...Where was God when this evil was overtaking our country?

He was waiting for His people to call on Him, to realize that He is desperately needed.

Let me put this out there right now.  I do not believe that the people killed on 9/11 deserved it.  In no way do I believe that they should have died.  It is absolutely devastating and heart breaking.  They just happened to be where evil struck.

I believe with all of my heart that Jesus was with the victims.  I know He was devastated to see evil.  John 11:35 states that Jesus wept as Mary poured her heart out to Him about Lazarus's death.  I believe Jesus wept on September 11th, too.  How could He not have??  His children were experiencing horror, terror, death, and devastation. 

So, again we ask...Where was God?  How could He have allowed this to happen??

God is being pushed out of our country.  He hears the message loud and clear...You are not wanted or needed here.

America has-
  • Taken prayer out of school and any schooling event.
  • Said it is ok to kill innocent babies.
  • Changed God's definition of marriage.
  • Decided that hooking up is acceptable and the right thing to do.  (Hooking up-having sex with anyone and everyone.)
  • Decided that it is perfectly acceptable to be entertained by things that break God's heart.

God is love-total and uninhibited love.  However, He is not pushy.  He gave His children free will.  He does not want us to love Him because He forces us to.  He wants us to love Him because we want to, because we know with all of our hearts that He is our Savior and we desperately need Him. 

God is not a Jeanie in a bottle that is taken out when people need something.  We cannot put Him in a neat and tidy box that fits nicely with our lives.  He is not here to serve us.  Rather, we should be serving Him with reverence and pure love.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28...Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse:  there will be a blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, and a curse if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.

As a country, we are not choosing God.  Sadly, He has been pushed aside.  It is time to drop to our knees in prayer for our country.  We must pray diligently for hearts to return to God.  We must pray for hearts to break over things that don't honor Him.  We can no longer live in our quiet suburban neighborhoods and think it is the government's job to protect us.  We have to stand for God and for His ways.  We can no longer turn a blind eye to His ways and be complacent with what is happening in our country.

So the question to me is not where was God on 9/11, but where were we as a country?