BY LEANN DILBECK –
As I begin writing this week’s column, the country stands at the edge of yet another war in the Middle East and today is the 9/11 anniversary…a day I, and many others, I know will never forget…a day that has changed the lives of a generation that has served our nation…a day that has helped shape a young and impressionable generation.
I remember my parents’ generation remembering where they were when Kennedy got shot and for my generation, it’s remembering where we were the day the world seemed to stop turning. For the first time in my life, I questioned my own safety in my beloved country.
Every year, as we come upon this anniversary, TV documentaries resurface, dinner table conversations remember where they were when they got the news, discussions at the water cooler at work of how it made them feel to see those images happening live. Few events in history have the opportunity to make such a lasting impression on such a fast-paced and jaded culture that we’ve become.
A divided country seemed to come together that day. We were all wounded hurting Americans. It leaves one to ask how so much tragedy could bring about so much good? But then we have to remember, Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.”
Now, years later, we still seem to be wounded hurting Americans but not for the same reasons…and we are culturally, politically, financially, and religiously divided…yet again. Was it all in vain? Were any lessons learned? Does evil flourish? Yes, in the words of Edmond Burke, “when good men do nothing.”
Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne, was interviewed on the Early Show shortly following the attacks. Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?”
Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.
She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives…And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”
Until this country returns to the God of the Bible and not the image of God that our world has created, we leave ourselves wide open. “and, My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
Not all of us are given the opportunity to serve in leadership rolls, but all of us are called and given the privilege to bring our petitions before the Lord to pray for our leaders. Let us pray for discernment, wisdom and godly influence for the monumental decisions before them.
All for His Glory –