ABOUT THE TERORIST ATTACK
We致e received a number of thoughtful letters
from friends who have commented on the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001. Since you may find this correspondence
helpful and edifying, we include several below.
At first I was shocked, and then indignant, over
the terrorism. Then with
all the patriotism stirring, and all the call-ins where people
suggest we"bomb them into oblivion", I am glad
that we have a president who has a
level head, and who seeks "justice" rather than
"revenge". Revenge will
kill anything and anyone without regard to innocence. However,
justice is all part of the government's God-given responsibility葉hose
who do wrong had better fear the sword
of the God-ordained government!
All we have to do is look to perversion of justice, that
administration was known for, to realize that a government
that does not
seek justice against the ungodly is a stench in the nose
of God and of godly
men. Proverbs speaks much of this. So yes, while it is the
to love all men, I won't voice any objection (nor will I
feel any joy) when
criminals meet their just end in this life at the hands of
God ordained. Like an 8-year-old boy who soberly observes
a peer (who did
something wrong) receive his just punishment, I too will
quietly observe the
end that these people meet. Still, I will cringe at the thought
many innocent people who will be swept away with them. (Look
at the exile
of Judah to realize that when God administers His justice,
likewise suffer to some degree along with the guilty. The
rain falls on the
just and the unjust.) The torturous concern which lays heavy
on the heart
of anyone in the position of authority is "how do I
against the guilty in a 'surgical' enough manner that few
are taken?" I do not desire to be in such a position
of authority, though
I can appreciate the struggle of those who are. Nor, as a
Christian, do I
want to be in the position of "pulling the trigger," so
to speak. God makes
provisions to have appropriate people (who administer the
justice) to be in
When God judges America, you and I, if we are still alive,
suffer to some extent. That is the nature of judgment. Lot's
family was an
exception to the general way things happen. Those of us with "a
ear to the ground" see what is happening謡e realize
that America is doing
things as a nation that infuriate God. As we observe these
quietly take measures in our lives to protect ourselves (i.e.,
learn to be
self-sufficient, home-school, abstain from ungodly use of
the media, remain
somewhat aloof to the trappings of the world, etc), with
the hopes that we
will be spared in sharing in the wrath that Americans are
themselves. Still, judgment will come, either in this life
or the next.
And if it happens in this life first, the innocent will suffer
the wicked. Don't forget葉his ain't heaven we're living in!
God may have had His hand in this situation. God does not
do evil and cannot sin. However, we see in the Old Testament
that God used wicked Assyria to punish Israel for its wrongdoings
and then punished Assyria for what it did. We had told people
for years that there are two things God does not tolerate
in a nation: killing babies and homosexuality. Eventually,
God brings another nation against the nation that allows such
things. This is what God did to Israel. Could that be what
God is doing to America?
Dear Bro. Richard,
is just a note to thank you for the thoughts you sent on
I am comforted that there are people that are not revengeful.
I do realize that this evil has not touched me personally
in that I have not lost loved ones, etc., but I feel very
much for those who have. They will surely be left with
choice of loving and forgiving or hating and being bitter.
I know how easily my feelings are aroused if I see injustice
being done. I want to always have the perspective of which
kingdom I serve. "This world is not my home." But
while I'm here, may I be an ambassador of peace from the
thought of the scripture we read the other morning in our
family worship: "Or
those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew
them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt
in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall
all likewise perish." Is this what God is telling us
through this event?
God bless you richly...
One thing that bothers me is that the country seems utterly
focused on the
radical extremists in the middle east as the enemy to destroy.
enters people's minds that even if the US could wipe out
the perpetrators of
this crime (unlikely), and return to some semblance of "normal" life,
the"normal life" as an American involves activities
that incense God (abortion,
pornography, violence, carnal music, movies, promiscuity,
Winning the war will be futile葉his nation was going downhill
prior to 11 SEP 01, and will resume its treck to hell after
the war. That
is, unless something MAJOR happens in the hearts of Americans
to see the
adulterous relationship it is having with Satan's ways.
Most people see this physical war with the middle east, and
think that if we
win this, all will be well. Poor souls! Little do they realize
depravity of the past 30 years has murdered more human beings
TV-and-music-encouraged rape/murders, gang violence), destroyed
(moral destruction of worldly TV, movies, and music), and
country IMMEASURABLY more than those three planes did on
11 SEP 01! But
will anyone "get it"? Will the "Christians" of
this country even get it? I
doubt it葉hey値l go back to their TVs, worldly music, immodesty,
Dear Bro. Richard,
Greetings this morning in
the name of Jesus..."Through
the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions
fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."
We realize that those words are true all our
lives, but when an incident like that of last week happens,
we are impressed more acutely with the thought expressed above.
People everywhere are discussing and analyzing Tuesday's event,
and we here at . . . . are included, it seems.
Yesterday's hymns included this one:
where are kings and empires now Of old that went and came?
But, Lord, Thy church is praying yet, A thousand
years the same.
We mark her goodly battlements, And her foundations
We hear within the solemn voice Of her unending
For not like kingdoms of the world Thy holy
church, O God!
Tho' earth-quake shocks are threat'ning her,
And tempests are abroad;
Unshaken as eternal hills, Immovable she stands,
mountain that shall fill the earth, A house not made by hands."
certainly is a comfort to know that Christ's kingdom is invincible.
U.S. is making bold, aggressive
statements of their intentions, we know that the fate of
our country could well be as was expressed in our opening
yesterday: Rev. l8:9-l0, "The kings of the earth who
committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will
weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her
burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment,
alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in
one hour your judgment has come.'"