“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6, NIV 1984).
My Musings – On September 11, 2001, terrorists targeted three of America’s symbolic sites: the World Trade Center (symbol of America’s economic power), the Pentagon (symbol of America’s military might) and either the White House or U.S. Capitol (symbol of America’s form of government). Due to the heroic efforts of its passengers, the last plane never made it to its target. The careful selection of these sites make it clear that the terrorists’ objective stretched beyond the physical targets and “collateral” deaths of the innocent victims. The primary target was perhaps the American psyche.
In the immediate aftermath, the effect was just the opposite. The American psyche was rejuvenated and patriotic fervor was rekindled. The “collateral” benefits was a lessening in the divide between the haves and have nots (economic extremes), the hawks and doves (military extremes) and the Democrats and Republicans (political extremes), at least for a season. But time has passed. The American economy remains the strongest in the world. It’s military might is still unequaled. In terms of government, the great American experiment remains unrivaled. But the divide between the haves and have nots, the hawks and doves and those on the left versus those on the right have widened. What the terrorists failed to do, we are doing to ourselves. The country has not fallen (yet), but the divide among its people is greater than perhaps ever before.
There was a fourth great symbol of America’s strength that was not targeted that day, at least not directly. Perhaps this is because there is no single physical manifestation of it. Perhaps it is because it was not perceived as a serious threat by the perpetrators. The symbol? America’s trust in God, specifically its Christian heritage. There were brief signs of a revival following that attack, but the Church has grown colder and the divide between believers and non-believers is maybe wider than all of the others. This is, I believe, the greatest danger to America, and may be the underlying cause of all the other divides.
My Advice – All of these divides, as great as they might be, are merely symptoms of the greatest divide of all – man’s separation from His creator. But the solution to end the divide is the easiest of all, and it’s free. It’s not by might or power. It’s by surrender. And it could solve the other divides one person at a time. Are you one? Be apart of the solution. Surrender your life to Christ today. My blog series “The Born Again Experience” will show you how, and it really is that simple.