Monday, September 15, 2008

Remembering 9/11

This past week we commemorated the seventh anniversary of the attack on the United States by Islamic terrorists on 9/11/2001. Whether we like it or not, there is a significant spiritual dimension to this struggle between Islamic fundamentalism and the West. Those who don’t have a biblically-informed worldview look at the struggle as a clash of cultures. On a superficial level, it is a clash of cultures, but it goes much deeper. To the Muslims, it is God’s people against the infidels, which makes this a “holy war” to them.

We ignore this aspect at our peril, because if we continue to move God to the margins of our society and don’t honor him, then I believe we are in trouble. If God allowed his chosen people to fall to the Babylonians because they abandoned him, I wonder what will happen to us, who have been so blessed by God. As individuals and as a nation, we must believe and do what Psalm 20:6-7 tells us:

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. NIV

When you have a worldview informed by the Spirit, it puts world events into a totally different perspective.

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