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Sep 11, 2009 4 Comments ›› Ben DuPré

Let’s be the free and Christian land Islamic terrorists hate

Those who were alive during the attack on Pearl Harbor or during the respective assassinations of Pres. John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will tell you they can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news.

In my generation, there are few events that can be characterized as an “I remember where I was” moment.  The televised explosion (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=_10T4UYpzV8) of the Challenger Space Shuttle (http://history NULL.nasa NULL.gov/sts51l NULL.html) is one (Jan. 28, 1986). The Islamic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, mark another, and one far more indelible.

“Never Forget” is the determined phrase we see and say around this time of year, and as well we should.  We must never forget that it was radical Islamists who attacked what they considered to be a free and Christian nation simply for being free and Christian.  We must never forget the thousands in the World Trade Center, in the Pentagon, and on United Flight 93 who were killed by these “faceless cowards,” as President Bush called them. Nor will we forget those who took up and still take up arms in our defense and bring the fight back to the enemy’s home and away from ours.

And we will not forget that day.  We cannot.  Much of it was captured on live news and amateur cameras and will be perennially available for audio and visual consumption.  (I pray in our replays that we never get used to those sights and sounds.)  Much of the disbelief, anger, grief, and patriotism we felt that day comes rushing back whenever we again see those planes exploding in and through the Twin Towers or we see the dusted masses fleeing the carnage or we watch working moms and dads jump from jet-fuel infernos high above New York City’s skyscrapers out and down to certain death. No, we will never forget.

We were a target that day in 2001, but it is my hope that we never stop being the enemy of religious hatred and oppression, a land of liberty that is offensive to foreign (and domestic) tyrants and dictators, and a people who trust in the God of our Christian Fathers.  And may we be hated only for good and not for evil.  May America live up to the ideal of the free, prosperous, and Christian land that our enemies think she is.

The first verse of our National Anthem (http://americanhistory NULL.si NULL.edu/starspangledbanner/the-lyrics NULL.aspx) is well known to Americans, but not so the last verse (below). It speaks well of America’s perpetual need to be strong and courageous and to never forget our dependence upon the providence of God.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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  1. James E. Reeves says:

    The following list and explanations were excerpts taken from creditable sources and put together by James E. Reeves in a non-profit ethical study to promote the continuation of A.D. (anno Domini) in textbooks: As opposed to c.e. , Used by other religious groups that use the Christian freedoms in America to promote their own agenda.

    Ø Advocate (1 John 2:1)
    Almighty (Rev. 1:8; Mt. 28:18)
    Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8; 22:13)
    Amen (Rev. 3:14)
    Apostle of our Profession (Heb. 3:1)
    Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins (1 John 2:2)
    Author of Life (Acts 3:15)
    Author and Perfecter of our Faith (Heb. 12:2)
    Author of Salvation (Heb. 2:10)
    Beginning and End (Rev. 22:13)
    Blessed and only Ruler (1 Tim. 6:15)
    Bread of God (John 6:33)
    Bread of Life (John 6:35; 6:48)
    Bridegroom (Mt. 9:15)
    Capstone (Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:7)
    Chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20)
    Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4)
    Christ (1 John 2:22)
    Creator (John 1:3)
    Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)
    Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20)
    Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)
    Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5)
    Faithful and True Witness (Rev. 3:14)
    First and Last (Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13)
    Firstborn From the Dead (Rev. 1:5)
    Firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15)
    Gate (John 10:9)
    God (John 1:1; 20:28; Heb. 1:8; Rom. 9:5; 2 Pet. 1:1;1 John 5:20; etc.)
    Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
    Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20)
    Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)
    Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23)
    Heir of all things (Heb. 1:2)
    High Priest (Heb. 2:17)
    Holy and True (Rev. 3:7)
    Holy One (Acts 3:14)
    Hope (1 Tim. 1:1)
    Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27)
    Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
    I Am (John 8:58)
    Image of God (2 Cor. 4:4)
    Immanuel (Mt. 1:23)
    Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
    King Eternal (1 Tim. 1:17)
    King of Israel (John 1:49)
    King of the Jews (Mt. 27:11)
    King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16)
    King of the Ages (Rev. 15:3)
    Lamb (Rev. 13:8)
    Lamb of God (John 1:29)
    Lamb Without Blemish (1 Pet. 1:19)
    Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45)
    Life (John 14:6; Col. 3:4)
    Light of the World (John 8:12)
    Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
    Living One (Rev. 1:18)
    Living Stone (1 Pet. 2:4)
    Lord (2 Pet. 2:20)
    Lord of All (Acts 10:36)
    Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8)
    Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16)
    Man from Heaven (1 Cor. 15:48)
    Master (Lk. 5:5; 8:24; 9:33)
    Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15)
    Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)
    Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)
    Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16)
    Only Begotten Son of God (John 1:18; 1 John 4:9)
    Our Great God and Savior (Titus 2:13)
    Our Holiness (1 Cor. 1:30)
    Our Husband (2 Cor. 11:2)
    Our Protection (2 Thess. 3:3)
    Our Redemption (1 Cor. 1:30)
    Our Righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30)
    Our Sacrificed Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7)
    Power of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
    Precious Cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:6)
    Prophet (Acts 3:22)
    Rabbi (Mt. 26:25)
    Resurrection and Life (John 11:25)
    Righteous Branch (Jer. 23:5)
    Righteous One (Acts 7:52; 1 John 2:1)
    Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)
    Root of David (Rev. 5:5; 22:16)
    Ruler of God’s Creation (Rev. 3:14)
    Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5)
    Savior (Eph. 5:23; Titus 1:4; 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:20)
    Son of David (Lk. 18:39)
    Son of God (John 1:49; Heb. 4:14)
    Son of Man (Mt. 8:20)
    Son of the Most High God (Lk. 1:32)
    Source of Eternal Salvation for all who obey him (Heb. 5:9)
    The One Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)
    The Stone the builders rejected (Acts 4:11)
    True Bread (John 6:32)
    True Light (John 1:9)
    True Vine (John 15:1)
    Truth (John 1:14; 14:6)
    Way (John 14:6)
    Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
    Word (John 1:1)
    Word of God (Rev. 19:13

    Judaism 101
    A Glossary of Basic Jewish Terms and Concepts
    Mashiach
    “Mashiach” – the “Messiah,” the “Anointed One,” the Redeemer of Israel who will appear in history “B’Acharit HaYamim,” at the “End of Days,” to redeem Israel from its enemies. There are two opinions (naturally!) as to what the nature of the Messianic Period will be.
    According to the RAMBAM, there will be no radical change in the way the world works, no change in nature, and the Prophecies which, when taken literally, seem to refer to such changes, such as “And the wolf shall lie down with the lamb” (Yeshayahu 11:6 ) mean that it will be a time of peace, Israel will no longer be under the domination of other nations, the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem, and the study of Torah will reach new heights and depths, “And the world will be filled with the knowledge of Hashem as water covers the bed of the sea”, but all with no fundamental change in nature.
    According to the RAMBAN, there will be a radical change in nature, and the world will resemble the world that Adam found in “Gan Eden,” the “Garden of Eden.” The prophecy cited above means that there will be a change as well in the character of “wild” animals, also involving a reversion to the state in which Hashem created the world. And human beings will again have the full potentialities as were possessed by Adam and Chava (“Bereshit”/Genesis 1:23-25 ), before their sin.

    Christocentric *
    There are several important things to note from the Zechariah 2 passage:
    1. God’s people–his Church, the “daughter of Zion” (as opposed to the “daughter of Babylon,” 2:7)–are to sing and rejoice. Though they were presently in distress, they were to rejoice. Though their lives met many trials, they were to sing.
    2. But this rejoicing did not lack reason. Doctrinally uninformed worship fails to make God the true object of worship. Theology always leads to doxology. If your theology does not lead you to a doxology, then the problem lies either in the theology itself or in your heart that fails to respond appropriately to God’s truth. But, by the same token, many attempt to skip the step of theology and immediately enter doxology; their worship, as a result of skipping this crucial step, is ignorant and misplaced. Who can worship a God that he does not know?
    Thus, God immediately gives his people a reason to rejoice and be glad: for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. The immediate fulfillment of this promise was found in the dedication of the Temple and the subsequent regular observing of God’s institutions. But even this text itself hints at something infinitely greater: the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the God-man.
    John states in the beginning of his Gospel, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (1:14). It is in the Incarnation of Christ, who is the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), that God’s glory is most displayed.
    3. Two persons of the Trinity are both undeniably present in this text: “I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. …And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.” It is the Lord who is dwelling, but it is the Lord of hosts who sent him.
    A similar distinction is made further on in the prologue of John:
    John 1:18 No one has ever seen God. God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
    Christ the Word, the “only unique God,” who is “at the Father’s side” and “with God” (v. 1), is the single means of knowing God. Outside of Christ, there is not one means of relating personally with the Father. Apart from Christ, we would be doomed sinners with dashed hopes. But since God has made his dwelling among us in Christ, we can sing and rejoice!
    And the fact that Christ was sent by the Father is unambiguously evident: and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. Christ testified to this fact on numerous occasions and coupled his assertions with sufficient proof. And yet, despite this, “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:8).
    3. God’s portion and inheritance will be his people. And he will once again choose Jerusalem that his name might be glorified in it (1 Peter 2:9).
    4. While God’s people will “sing and rejoice,” all flesh is command to be silent, for the Lord–and I love this imagery–has roused himself from his holy dwelling. Knowing God initiates in the command to “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). But, for God’s people, it does not end here. Knowledge of God should result in jubilant praise.
    However, the reprobate who have a heart of stone and no will or ability to please or praise God (Romans 8:7-8) are unable to enjoy obeying this command. They can be silent; indeed, they will be made silent, made to clasp their hands to their mouths before the enthroned Judge Christ as they bow and confess his Lordship (Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10). But they will not be given the gift of regeneration, and consequently they will have no love or enjoyment. Their silence will not result in praise; the silence will only call their attention further to the tormenting flames as the experience firsthand the glory of God manifested in his holy wrath.
    Jesus told the Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39). To live a life that intellectually explores the Scriptures but fails to exalt and exult in the revealed God of the Scriptures is nothing short of a tragedy. It is for this reason, among many others, that we must continually preach Christ from all the Scriptures (Luke 24:27), that those who know him might know him better, and that those who hate him might come to see and savore his love.

  2. Edward M. McCartney says:

    While reading, the following is for your listening pleasure.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAYPN-1Yjt0 (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=jAYPN-1Yjt0)

    I partly agree. Although I would like for America to be a Christian land, and to be hated by bad persons for doing rightly, I do not desire to confuse the opposite with it.

    I do not accept the American government’s version of the unpleasant events in America on Sept. 11, 2001. The American government is a proven liar, which violates God’s law in Leviticus 19:11.

    Although I believe that there are Muslims that hate bad America that would have done what was done on September 11, the evidence indicates that it was an inside job, such as the total collapse of the twin towers. That pointed to controlled demolition.

    American Free Press reported about the probable reasons for Bush getting America into two (2) wars.

    But if it was Muslims that did it, there is little or no wonder why they might have done it. America’s weak (fear of being called antisemitic) and biased policy toward the Israeli state does not please Muslims, while American congressmen seek to please Judaists that claim to be Jews.

    I am not necessarily for displeasing Muslims simply because they are not Christians. Some Christians are attempting to win them to Christ. I don’t think that a brutal attitude will help.

    God can use any tool that he desires for his purpose. America is a sinful country. I think it possible that God could use angry Muslims by which to judge us.

    I think that America ought to live rightly before God. And I think that we need to be strong enough to stand up to the Israelis, and stop having a biased foreign policy that continuously seeks to please them. They are not America. We are.

    Ownership of my words is not transferred by this posting. I own my words.

    Thanks for your time, and consideration.

    Edward M. McCartney
    September 30 A. D. 2009

  3. mike says:

    Simply, AMEN!

  4. Revival (http://www NULL.unitedrevival NULL.com) says:

    This is a interesting post. I’ve in most cases been a fan of this kind of thinking. I’m hoping that this continues a revival of this type of thinking along the same lines.

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