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Archive for Friday, September 14, 2001

National choice

September 14, 2001

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To the editor:

Our nation is talking about war, war with terrorists who did the cowardly deeds Tuesday in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. I believe that as a nation we are at war but it is not a war against terrorists but against principalities and powers in dark places as the Apostle Paul stated in his letter to the Ephesians. More important at this moment is the message that I believe God is sending to us as a nation by allowing these disasters to occur.

It is not by chance that the two buildings that were destroyed or damaged yesterday were the World Trade Center and Pentagon, respectively. They represent our dominant position in world wealth and military might. Having wealth and a strong military are not evil in themselves, but when they replace our dependence on God, they become evil. Our coinage claims "In God We Trust," but the fruit of our lives deny that fact.

Most Americans know that the American ship of state is loosed from its spiritual and moral moorings I believe that God allowed these disasters as a warning to us as a nation just as Jesus responded to those who reported about the disasters concerning Galileans who were killed or those when the tower of Siloam fell: "Unless you repent, you will likewise perish." We have a choice as a nation. Do we want to fear God and keep His commandments or do we seek vengence on our enemies? Choosing God's ways brings life but the latter option is best left to God.

Carl Burkhead,

Lawrence

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