Nathan Johan On September - 19 - 2014

9-11 cross

I sat in my seat puzzled. What am I going to write about, I wondered, amidst the din of noise in my English Composition class. The teacher required us to write a research paper about a topic. After some mulling and thinking, I finally decided upon a topic: 9/11.

Many of us in the guild can remember what happened that day: where we were at and what we were doing when the two planes crashed into the Twin Towers, knocking them down and killing close to 3,000 people. A third plane later crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth into a field in Pennsylvania. This was indeed a tragic day for America. Many lives and loved ones were lost that day. I remember myself being in Kindergarten when this horrible event occurred and hearing about it over a matter of days.

Many of us also remember the aftermath of 9/11: the PATRIOT Act (which I ultimately focused on for my paper), the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the emergence of the surveillance state (thanks very much, George Orwell, for the predictions!).

As I researched my topic, I pondered upon its similarity to other tragic events in American history: the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, in 1941, a scant 60 years before 9/11, and the shooting of cannonade on Fort Sumter in South Carolina in 1861, 140 years before. These events were terrible in their own right, and signaled a beginning of travesty for the nation: Fort Sumter heralded the outset of the American Civil War, and Pearl Harbor, “a day which will live in infamy”, marked America’s entrance into World War II. Both these wars were the bloodiest in American history, with a combined total of 1 million American lives lost. However, good was wrought in the aftermath of both wars – for the Civil War, slavery was abolished and the Second Great Awakening happened; and for World War II, America emerged as the world’s premiere superpower.

9/11 was a very tragic event. Yet we have seen that it is not without historical precedent. If we are to believe the patterns, then we can see that good is on the way for America. There may not be a lot of good going on for the nation right now: a slumped economy; failure in foreign policy; and unrighteousness, vice, ungodliness, and abomination becoming the new “virtues.” However, I do believe revival is on the way for America; and though, in my opinion, America may have to suffer more judgment for her grievous sins (if she’s not already), God will pour out His Spirit upon the United States of America, and we shall see the greatest revival America, and the world, has ever seen (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:17-21). Praise God!

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