On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, one Christian apologist discusses what the nation has learned -- or failed to learn -- since that awful day.
September 16, 2001 probably saw the best attended church services in American history. David Wilkerson, then-pastor of Times Square Church in Manhattan, prayed over his congregation with a broken heart.
"Lord, how we've wept, and how we've prayed, and how we've grieved," he said. "But, O Lord, there's a message that you're trying to deliver to this nation and the world, and we dare not miss it."
But unfortunately, culture expert Alex McFarland says we have.
"I thought it might be the thing that ignited a revival and a return to God, but … we had a spiritual wake-up call, and we reached over and hit the snooze button," he laments. "I'm sorry to say I really don't think we've learned much of anything since 9/11."
He notes America continues to tolerate the murdering of the preborn, the denigrating of morality, the redefinition of marriage and truth, and how the nation placates terrorists, pagans, and unbelievers.
"Why the preachers aren't proclaiming truth, pleading with sinners to come to the one and only Savior, Jesus, and why the Church is not on our face interceding for this prodigal nation, I don't know," McFarland submits. "But it does tell me that we're not desperate for God yet."
McFarland says sometimes God uses national tragedies, as well as natural disasters, to call people back to himself.
"9/11 was a question: Will this bring us to a thirst for God? And clearly it has not," he observes. "We're not desperate, and I pray God doesn't have to do something that makes us desperate."
If a tragedy like 9/11 was not enough to bring the nation back to God, then what will?
"We're hearing about a hydrogen bomb in North Korea. The peace, and the prosperity, and the structure … that the West has enjoyed, the dominance that the West has enjoyed for hundreds of years, could be lost literally in a day," he warns.
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