On September 11, 2001, I sat proctoring a test in a local junior high school, when a fellow teacher stepped into the room. There to relieve me, he said, “Get to a television.” I hurried down the hallway and stepped into the teacher’s lounge. An aide stood in front of the television, transfixed. I peeked over her shoulder in time to see the second plane plow into the World Trade Center. For the next several minutes, I watched as throngs of people sprinted from the towers. And then both buildings crumpled, leaving a smoldering pile of rubble.
For the rest of the day, the world’s eyes were glued to the television, attempting to process the information coming in. By the end of the day, four hijacked planes delivered death and destruction, killing almost 3000 innocent people. In one coordinated act of cowardice, radical jihadists stole America’s peace of mind and sense of invincibility. How would America respond?
Later that day, something happened on Capitol Hill no one expected. After Congressman Hastert addressed the nation, pledging to hold accountable those responsible for terrorism on our shores, the Congress formed an impromptu choir, gathering in a show of solidarity singing “God Bless America.”
Yes….”God Bless America.”
For the next few weeks, churches experienced a major uptick in attendance. People scrambled to seek answers to combat fears of future attacks. It’s true…there are no atheists in foxholes. Sadly, the singing of “God Bless America” and the new interest in clinging to God faded as the United States settled back into the old and familiar routine of life pre-terrorist attack. When the Congress linked arms and sang a song beseeching the Creator to bless our Country, for a fleeting a moment I wondered,
“Could this be the beginning of a much needed Spiritual Awakening?”
A few short years later, the Democratic National Convention delegates booed when asked to insert the mention of God and Israel into the Democratic Platform.
Yes. They. Booed. God.
Obviously, the memory of terrorists killing a few thousand Americans was dimmed by a new push to eradicate God entirely from the public arena.
Fast forward to 2015. It appears those opposed to anything holy and righteous have stepped on the accelerator, speeding up America’s trip to “hell in a hand basket.” In the last few months, the Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds in legalizing gay marriage, Christians face the targeted efforts of homosexuals demanding everyone honor their unions, and a investigative journalist organization has video evidence that Planned Parenthood harvests organs of aborted babies, including those born alive. A couple of decades ago, America surpassed all other world powers leading as Reagan’s “shining city on a hill.” Today, it’s a sprint to the bottom to surpass the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah.
And now, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis sits in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Her professed faith in Christ and belief in the teachings of the Bible dictates her decision. Obviously, an activist judge wrongly believes the Supreme Court can create laws and finds an opportunity to teach all “bitter clingers” in America a lesson. It’s becoming apparent the gay agenda isn’t about equality but about forcing everyone to embrace the “alternative” lifestyle.
Unless another horrific calamity strikes America, I don’t anticipate Congress singing “God Bless America” any time soon. In fact, I’m not even sure we have that right. We should encourage the President to utilize his “pen and phone” to change the lyrics to “God Spare America.” That seems more apropos.