Yesterday both the news and social media were atwitter with reports and outrage over the multiple and coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. The headline that greeted us in this morning’s New York Times was . . . HOLLANDE BLAMES ISIS FOR ATTACKS IN PARIS AS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 127.
How tragic. But, whew! Aren’t we glad that’s all happening on the other side of the world?
Or is it?
It’s possible that I’m wrong. It’s possible that the fairy-tale existence in which we live in the U.S.A. is actually reality. It’s very possible that it’s very okay that what most of us are worrying about today is what “deals” we will take advantage of on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Sure, we had a cascade of “intelligence failures” that culminated in the horror of September 11, 2001. But, surely we’ve fixed the system. It can’t . . . it won’t happen again . . . not here . . . not in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Of course, since 9/11 we’ve also elected and appointed leaders at all levels that are united. They care nothing about their personal interests or that of their political party. They now rise above the pettiness of politics that pervaded our government prior to 9/11. Now our leaders work together to zealously protect “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
In addition, those who subscribe to radical Islam (Isis, al Qaeda, Hamas) were undoubtedly thoroughly and forever frightened by the surge of patriotism that followed 9/11. If that wasn’t enough, surely radical Islam was terrified by the surge of Americans going to church for three to four weeks after 9/11.
We also have our secret weapon: God. We are “one nation under God.” (It says so right there on the backside of our money.) The Lord will protect us. Unlike Israel of old who disdained the Lord’s commands, we have been very careful to learn and also live out the Lord’s commands and instructions in the Bible. Surely God will protect us.
Be afraid, America.
We continue to be caught up in our fantasy football teams and our fantasy lives. We ignore or pay lip-service to God. We have allowed “majority rule” to overrule the Bible. We are led by men and women who put career and party above the national good.
Wake-up, America. Before it’s too late.