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Volume 13, Issue 4: Thema

God Struck America

Douglas Wilson

PRAYER

Father, Your holy ways are inscrutable to us. We like to think that we are quick to learn, when in fact we are exceedingly slow. We ought to be teachers by now, and yet we find ourselves having to go over the basics of our faith again and again. We are Your people, yet we have not yet shaken loose of the idolatry that surrounds us and so You continue Your chastisements. Open our eyes, we pray. We want to learn from Your Scriptures, and not from the rod. But if the rod is necessary to drive Your Church back to the Scriptures, then we pray that You would continue to apply the rod. Father, cause us to open our Bibles, but open our hearts also.
In Jesus' name, our Lord of hosts, amen.
INTRODUCTION
The events of this last September have left us all reeling. Few who have seen the horrific footage of airliners crashing into the World Trade Towers will ever forget the images of destruction, the responses of heroism, and the deadening sick feeling that remains on the nation.
And yet, during such times—especially during such times—it is crucial for us to glorify God in these events and seek to understand scripturally what is happening to us. And we must seek this understanding whether or not what we will discover is pleasant or anything like what we wanted to hear.
If we see with biblical eyes, we understand how every idol will topple—the ideological idols of Islam and the complacent materialistic idols of the West. But this lesson has not been learned. Idolatry is alive and well in our midst. In the aftermath of the disaster, a number of surviving idols had their shills filling up the airwaves with drunken analyis. Christians have contributed to this drunken analysis. This is what it looks like when a people drink from the cup of God's wrath. Throughout Scripture, God frequently speaks of striking the pundits, seers and prophets of an idolatrous and wicked people with this kind of judicial blindness, with this kind of blind stupor. There are many things about this whole event that are screamingly obvious, and yet virtually no one is willing to say them in public. So we must understand that this is what it looks like when a people drink from the cup of God's judgments.
"God is not mocked," we are told in Scripture, "whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap." Americans think that this law has somehow been exempted in our case; we are somehow different because we are a pluralistic nation. It doesn't matter what you sow here. You can plow the field and sow whatever you please, whether grain, thistles, barley, or morning glory, and it's all going to come up the same—American pluralism. No, we have embraced a lie, and we have mocked God. And because we have mocked God, we must learn how to repent of mocking God.
The day of infamy was September 11, and many have told us that it will take its bloody place next to December 7. And it was a day of infamy, but that same week contained another infamy, far worse in nature, and far more damaging in that it was not recognized. That day was the Day of Prayer and Remembrance on the following Friday, September 14, when America, in the aftermath of a devasting judgment from the living God, convened a polytheistic worship service in the National Cathedral, now better called the National Pantheon, and called upon her gods—gods that cannot hear and cannot save. But this idolatrous service showed us at least one good thing—it demonstrates beyond any reasonable objection that the root of our disease is in our worship.
Before we can possibly understand this, and the reason for all these events, we need to return to our foundations, which are found only in Scripture. This is especially true of American Christians. Though by this time we ought to be teachers, we still have to have our bread dipped in milk for us. We have drifted so far toward apostasy that any Christian who is bold enough to suggest that monotheism is basic to the Christian faith, will be dismissed—by other professing evangelical Christians—as having the spirit of sectarianism. He will be branded an unpatriotic troublemaker.
Until we understand the whole counsel of God, given in His Word, we cannot possibly understand the mysteries of His judgments given in the events of these days. Until we understand the whole counsel of God, we cannot understand the meaning behind the Lord's warning to the Jews of His day.

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 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. (Luke13:1-5)

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