As I write this, I am well aware it will be read Friday, Sept. 11. Isn’t it interesting that all of us who are reading this will never think about the date 9/11 without remembering the Islamic terrorist attacks on America. It reminds me of what my parents have told me about Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor — a day, as President Roosevelt said, “that would live in infamy.”
All of us remember what we were doing on that fateful Tuesday morning when hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a field near Shanksville, Pa.
The result was the murder of 2,996 people, a collapsed economy and a nation of people shaken to its core.
I remember thinking at the time the attack was a breach in the hedge of protection God had surrounded the U.S. with and was in some way a form of His judgment for our turning our backs upon Him and His word. This was not a popular opinion at the time, and it certainly wasn’t the time to express it considering the shock our country was in as well as the sensitivity to the families who were grieving the loss of their loved ones. I stifled those words and like many Americans, got caught up in the patriotic jingoism of an aggressive national foreign policy against our perceived enemies.
It was not until 2012 when I read Jonathan Cahn’s book, “The Harbinger,” did I reconnect with the idea that 9/11 was God’s warning shot across the bow of America. Cahn proposes that as judgment came upon a faithless Israel, so it will come upon America unless we the people of the nation He has blessed the most, repent and turn back to him.
Today as we remember Al-Qaida’s jihadist attacks of 14 years ago, let us reflect on God’s word found in 2 Chronicles 7:14-16: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
Kyle Ermoian is the founding and senior pastor of Celebration Community Church.