Still Snoozing Ten Years After a Wake-Up Call

“What is most tragic is that when we were given a wake-up call ten years ago
on 9/11, we pushed the snooze button and went back to sleep.”

Ten years ago, R. C. Sproul reflected on what millions of Christians asked, “Where was God on 9/11?”:

God was in the precise place on 9/11 that He was on the day before and the day after. He was on His throne then and continues to be on His throne now because He is the Lord God omnipotent who reigns. He reigns day in and day out in consistent manifestation of His immutable sovereignty. God is immutable, unchanging, even though people and cultures continually change.

The horror of 9/11 drove millions of Americans to churches. But for most, it was a short-lived tenure. Many things changed to assure the security of the country. But the more things changed, the more things remained the same:

We are like Habakkuk, who, in his consternation over the fact that God used a foreign power to chasten His own people, stationed himself in a watchtower, demanding an answer from God as to how He could allow such wickedness to prevail. Unlike Habakkuk’s reaction when God answered that question in His Holy Word, our lips do not quiver, our legs do not shake, our bellies do not tremble, nor does rottenness enter our bones (Hab. 3:16). Rather than repent in dust and ashes before a holy God, we continue to shake our fists in His face, demanding a more benevolent providence from His hand.

But God does not say to us as Americans: “My country right or wrong.” God requires nations as well as individuals to repent of their attempts to be autonomous, sovereign rulers, trying to displace Him. Any nation that seeks to supplant God’s sovereignty with its own is doomed. It is doomed to failure, it is doomed to destruction, and it is doomed to insignificance.

Most political speeches and sermons yesterday ended in “God bless America.” To be sure,

God can bless us, but God forbid He ever judges us.

Read the whole article, and a few others, in the latest issue of Tabletalk by Ligonier Ministries.



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