On September 11, 2001 our nation was brought to our knees by the acts of terrorists using innocent people to attack our nation. I will never forget the hours after of how churches opened for special prayer services, and to listen to President Bush address the nation on the events of the day. The following Sunday, church attendance was up across the nation and special prayers were offered up for those lives lost on that September morning.
A few weeks ago, I stood in Arlington Cemetery saying good-bye to my uncle who was a Vietnam vet. As I attended this service, I was reminded of those who have taken the fall so that I can be free and protected. After my uncle’s service, we ventured over to where my grandparents are buried. They are laid to rest under a tree on a hill in Arlington that faces the side of the Pentagon that took the direct hit of a plane on September 11. Looking across at the Pentagon, I was reminded of how evil came to our soil and how these soldiers buried in Arlington fought hard to keep our soil safe and free.
Before leaving Arlington, we ventured to the other side of the cemetery where my great grandparents and great-uncle are buried. Their head stones are worn and some of the lettering has faded. In visiting this site and seeing the fading of letters not only on their head stones but on others around them, it made me realize that we, as a nation are slowly slipping and fading from what our nation was founded. We were founded as ‘one nation UNDER God.’
Later in the day, Jim and I visited Mt. Vernon, the home of our first President George Washington. On that tour, we learned more history about not only George Washington but history of how our nation was founded. In the museum there is a section devoted to George Washington’s beliefs of how we should be tolerant of ALL faiths and religions. He attended other denominations in his lifetime to understand and support those faiths. As I listened to this presentation, I reflected on our nation today. Our nation does tolerate other faiths and religions but it seems that the basic foundation of what this nation was founded is being pushed aside and forgotten. It seems we have gone to the other extreme of tolerating other religions but at the same time the morals, values and Christianity of which we were established are fading just like those letters on the head stones in Arlington.
In recent weeks and days, I have heard many comments of how our nation has had so many disasters. This year alone I think we have already had at least seventy-seven natural disasters. People have commented how other countries seem to suffer more in years past but now the US is getting more than its share. Questions of why this is happening comes to the forefront of the conversation.
For those of us who are raising or have raised children, we sometimes have to do something to get our children’s attention when they are heading in the wrong direction and won’t obey. As a nation and as individuals we are God’s children. Slowly, we have strayed from morals, values, and God to the point He is trying to get our attention. He is bringing us back to our knees to get back into relationship with Him.
As I write this, I think of cities built without God like Babylon, and the Roman Empire. They did not acknowledge God. Needless to say, it did not take long nor much for them to fall. We are gradually falling not on our knees but falling as a nation. Our fall began when we took prayer out of public places, took God out of schools and buildings. There has been talk over the last few years of taking God off our money and ‘one nation under GOD ‘ out of our pledge. Former President Ronald Regan said it well when he said; ‘If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will become one nation gone under.’
In President George Washington’s farewell address he stated; It’s impossible to rightly govern without God and the bible. Just as those lives represented in Arlington and in other cemeteries in our country sacrificing for our freedom and protection. Let us remember it was God sending us His Son so we could be free. It was God and our Christian faith and values that built this nation.
The choice is ours. We can continue to allow the letters of what our country was founded on and who created us to begin to fade. Are we willing to risk a fall just like Babylon and the Roman Empire? Or, do we choose to unite together in prayer, bringing God back into the forefront of our public venues, schools, and be the country our forefathers established us to be. After all, it is God and Country!
“I will make you a great nation, I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2)
This is dedicated to all men, women and their families who have served, who are serving. Also dedicated to those families who have lost loved ones at the price of freedom. Thank you for protecting our freedom and keeping us safe.