Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of the tragedy that scarred our Nation . . .
I remember that morning . . . It seems like a lifetime ago in many ways.
I had slept a bit late that morning as I was scheduled to leave the next day to do a seminar and just had a few loose ends to tie up. As I had my breakfast, I flipped the TV on . . . something I almost never do. When I saw it unfolding, I thought it was a promotion for a new action movie that would soon be released. Boy was I wrong.
Like millions of Americans, I sat glued to the TV . . . anxious for anything that might prove to be good news in all of this. I remember the horror of it . . . I will always remember that. I wanted to try to understand what had happened, how it had happened, and why it had happened. How could anyone hate the USA so badly . . . we have been that shining city on the hill . . . the nation that has done so much for the world . . . the protector of the weak, the liberator of those seeking freedom, and the hope for so many without hope.
I may not have it right, but this summarizes what I have come to believe. I have really tried to discover the truth.
The world changed greatly between the period of 1920 and 1950 . . . The discovery of oil, the building of the automobile, flight, and television made the world suddenly a smaller place and people began to understand things that had not been understood before.
Oil would serve to make life both better and different. It was warmly embraced. It heated homes and made travel much simpler. It changed how people lived. There was a major race across the planet to make discoveries and it put American oil companies and their people in remote parts of the world, seeking to satisfy an oil-thirsty nation.
Mass production of the automobile began and they were bought as fast as they came off the assembly line. This enabled a large shift in the population as the Industrial Revolution began. People who had once lived in rural areas and worked in agriculture moved to the cities to work in manufacturing – building something as opposed to growing something.
During this era, the world experienced two world wars . . . both which caused great unrest for many of the people of the world.
Major oil discoveries were made in the Middle East; a region that would prove to be wealthy in oil . . . and would also prove to be filled with corrupt and selfish royal families. As the oil was discovered, those royal families decided to keep the people of their nations ignorant of the purpose, value, and demand for that oil. Instantly, the royal families became wealthy; yet, left the population in poverty. They used the value of the oil to enrich themselves rather than to elevate the people of their nations.
As television came into play . . . people became more aware. People living in New York City could sit in the living room of their homes and see how people were living in California, Texas, or Colorado—or even across the ocean.
Then came the Viet Nam conflict . . . this even caused great unrest in the youth of America. The kids of the USA took to the streets in protest of the war, the way our government was functioning, and a host of other issues . . . Parents watched in shock and wondered what had happened to their children. Why were they so angry and rebellious?
As the Middle Eastern countries saw this event unfold, they were afraid that the behavior of American children might infect the youth of their nations . . . So they blocked television from their nations. The royal families jetted across the globe in great luxury . . . sipping Johnny Walker Red, visiting Las Vegas casinos, building, and buying up mansions across the world; living high. All the while, they were leaving the people of their nations in the dark . . . riding camels and donkeys, living in tents, scavenging for food and water, having and raising children without medical services or the benefit of education – totally ignorant of the world. That would continue to be true for many years . . . and sadly, that condition still largely exists today.
For whatever reason . . . be it conscious or simply a tool of control . . . the royal families began to give small sums of money to religious clerics to be used to help the poor people of their nations. The clerics used the money to build simple learning-centers and began to teach the youth of those nations. The royal families surely believed that those youth were being taught religion – love, goodness, and sacrifice—and the youth were in turn going home and teaching their families. All of that served to make the royal families feel less threatened about the poor people of their nations possibly ever rising up against them. Think about it . . . what could 100 million peasants do to a royal family of 100 if they ever learned the truth?
I want to emphasize here that the royal families are not Muslim . . . and never have been. That was the religion of the poor, the down trodden. The royal families are not people of faith . . . they are a godless people.
Then, on the afternoon of November 4, 1979, in the small and insignificant country of Iran — the world learned what the clerics had been teaching the young people of the region for many years . . . hate and Violence. A madman being called Ayatollah Khomeini and his clerics had successfully incited the youth of that small Persian Monarchy, filled them with vengeance, and unleashed them on Shah Pahlavi and the people of Iran. He and his family had to flee for their lives. That event sent a shock wave across the Middle East . . . The clerics had filled the youth with poison. A poison that toppled a monarchy and changed it to an Islamic Republic overnight . . . That group of college students seized the US Embassy on that date and successfully held it until January 20, 1981, as the world watched on and the royal families of neighboring nations grew increasingly afraid for their own safety.
The clerics had taken the true story of God and Abraham and had twisted and perverted the story and convinced an entire generation that their birthright had been stolen from them. A bit of history here . . . God had called Abraham to follow him and promised him a son. On occasions, God would remind Abraham of that . . . God would tell him to try and count the stars in the sky . . . And would tell him that one day his descendants would be like the stars – too many to be counted. But several years went by without that becoming a reality . . . so, Abraham asked God about it. God assured him that He would, indeed, have a son. Abraham went home and told his wife, Sarah. She laughed and said it was impossible due to their age. She scoffed and pointed to her Egyptian hand-maiden, Hagar, and said “there is your best opportunity for fatherhood.” Abraham had a son by Hagar and named him Ishmael. This was Abraham’s son by sin . . .
Later he had a son by Sarah and named him Isaac. This was Abraham’s son by Promise. These two boys would become fathers of two people who would forever be at war . . . Each claiming the promises God had made to Abraham. See Genesis 16 – 23.
In Genesis 22, we find a disturbing story in the life of Abraham and Isaac. God tells Abraham to take Isaac to a remote mountain and offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Broken hearted, Abraham, the Friend of God, takes the boy and sets out on his mission. Of course, the sacrifice is not made as God had stationed an angel there to interrupt the process. The story weighs heavy in the events that are rocking the Middle East today. What one sees from that experience between God and Abraham on that remote mountain depends on who you are, the influences that have been in your life, and what you have been taught. Here is how it works:
The Jewish people: They see it as proof-positive that God loved Abraham and would not require him to follow through with anything so drastic. They believe that extends to them in every generation.
Christians: We see this as a picture of what God would do on another mountain many years later. How God would sacrifice His own son to redeem people. That God was willing to do something Himself; something He would never allow a human to do for Him.
The Clerics (and what they have taught an entire generation to believe): They remove Isaac from the story and insert Ishmael and teach “our Father, Abraham, was prepared to kill for his God, and if you are worthy to be called Abraham’s son, then you, too, must be willing to kill for your God”!
They have taught this generation that Israel has stolen what was rightfully theirs and that the United States has enabled Israel to do so. They have rewritten the Holy Bible to tell the story that they want believed and call it by another name. They remove Isaac and his family and replace them with Ishmael and his family. They remove love and goodness and replace it with vengeance. The result is an intense hatred for both Israel and the United States. The truth is that their real enemies are the religious clerics who have brainwashed them and the royal families who have robbed them . . . leaving them to live angry, full of hate, in ignorance, and in poverty. Think about it . . . they are still using wooden carts (with wheels made of wood), pulled by donkeys, for commerce while the royal families fly around in 757’s, sail the seas in 300’ yachts, and live in great splendor.
Then, on that fateful day . . . they struck a blow to our Nation.
Today, we are a divided nation. That division is largely caused by corrupt and selfish politicians – people who, like the royal families of the Middle East, are more concerned with their own agenda than they are with the prosperity, goodness, and safety of our Nation. They have wrecked our economy, confused our values, and shred our Constitution.
But perhaps there is hope . . . .
As the crowd will assemble for the Ceremony at Ground Zero for the 11th-year anniversary of 9/11, the politicians have been denied any right to speaking roles . . . and one has to ask, “Why should they be allowed to speak?” “What have they done?” . . . .
An honest answer is that they have only confused the process . . . 2,751 of our fellow citizens were brutally murdered that day . . . and it is estimated that over 1,000 more have died over the past 10 years since from having breathed and ingested the burning jet fuel, plastics, steel, concrete, glass, and asbestos released on that day as the towers crumbled into a pile of rubble and dust. As another 20,000 others are being treated for respiratory troubles related to the events of that horrible day.
As a side show to the ever-rising loss of human life, the politicians debate billions of dollars of cost overruns, political battles, and “what ought to be done”. . .
What have they done? They have confused and divided us as a people . . . gone are the groups holding candles on the night of the tragedy, as a troubled Nation poured her heart out to a merciful God . . .
These people who seek their own agenda and their own good over the need of a mourning nation at a time of remembrance have lost the right to speak! This is a time to hear from the broken hearted . . . not from the double minded.