Very serious things have been happening in America recently. The most notable for the public being the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. Evidence points to the perpetrators being Muslim extremist. Reports have been
conflicting as to whether they were part of a larger organized group, but it seems like a probable conclusion.
Of course one need not be part of a Muslim extremist group to wreak violence upon American people. Plenty of seemingly normal Americans have become mass murderers. But this attack is significant in that it is the largest terrorist attack on American soil since 9-11. That there have not been more episodes of intentional violence and destruction in America is stunning, especially given the fact that the USA has been stirring the hornets’ nest of the Middle East for a dozen years; and given the fact that our borders are completely open to any motivated aggressor.
I’d like to suggest some reasons that we may not have been attacked sooner or more often.
The USA is so good at counter-terrorism that we stopped all the other attempts.
OK, our guys are good, but are they really that good? Seriously, with our virtually unprotected borders, visa’s given to nearly anyone, and a nation that is crippled by political correctness to the point that no one may be judged or even suspected of being terrorist regardless of their religion, fashion, associations, or spending habits, are we supposed to believe that it’s impossible for the haters of America to bomb a school, stadium, or public building?
The great irony is that the US government has trampled the rights of all Americans, ignoring and demolishing the Bill of Rights in order to supposedly protect us from the evil terrorists. Under the Patriot Act and similar legislation, along with executive orders, Americans are spied on and searched in their “persons and papers” electronically, and may be arrested and held indefinitely without trial, all in violation of the Bill of Rights. So instead of profiling a foreigner who is not entitled to the rights of our founding documents, we have given the foreigner greater rights than the citizen, and in the process robbed the citizen of both his rights and his protection from foreign aggression – the one clear thing the Federal government is supposed to do for us.
Face the truth. If those desiring to hurt America so desired, the Boston bombing could be repeated every single day. America would be bogged down in such a sludge of regulation and government police “protection” that ordinary life would cease. The economy would likely collapse, people would riot; chaos would reign requiring the government to take ever more stringent steps to “protect us”. The light of freedom, that thing which has made America so attractive to the masses, has already dimmed but would soon go out. All of this would work to the favor of those desiring to hurt America.
So here’s the truth as I see it: either the haters don’t really want to hurt America, which I find hard to believe; or something other the US government has prevented them. What could that be?
God protects us.
There is no doubt that God directs in the affairs of man, at times preventing men or devils from conducting their evil schemes or through providential blessing and guidance to fulfill His purposes. We have a number of biblical examples to help us understand this.
In Job we find God protecting his servant so that, though Satan desired to hurt him, he was unable until God lifted His protective hedge. Even then Satan was limited in what he could do to Job. When allowed by God, Satan was able to afflict Job by manipulating both men (army’s) and weather. Throughout Israel’s history God is seen raising up kings and putting down nations. Nebuchadnezzar, in the book of Daniel, is a great example. God took his sanity from him so that he acted like a wild animal for seven seasons of time; then God told him:
“In order that the living may know that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and bestows it on whom He wishes and sets over it the lowliest of men.” (Dan.4:17)
No terrorist will ever be able to attack America, or any other nation for that matter, without God allowing it to happen. There can be no doubt that, to some degree, God has been protecting and blessing America. He’s not obligated to do so; and our rebellion most certainly will, or has led Him to cease, but He has blessed and protected in the past.
Satan has not allowed it.
The premise of this point is that God has already allowed Satan to afflict America for whatever reason God has in doing so. I happen to think that God may have a number of reasons. But why wouldn’t Satan pursue more of these Muslim terrorist attacks?
Islam is one of Satan’s religions. I’m sorry if that offends you, but it is a fact. I’m not saying that we should hate people who are Muslims, not at all; we should love them, pray for them, and seek to teach them the Gospel. But as a religion, Islam was founded by Satan; it is anti-Christ, anti-Bible, and anti-morality. I will concede that it does have a certain element of morality to it, but that is how Satan works, he mixes truth with lies. The moral teaching of Islam that is in harmony with the Bible is offset by other teaching that is perverted, gross and anti-biblical.
Islam has perpetrated violence upon human flesh for well over a millennia. This has often been through external aggression, using wars to win territory and force people into their vile religion. But it has also been through the internal violence toward its’ own people, especially women. Satan has used Islam to accomplish his goals; keeping people from faith in the true and living God, and destroying things and people which God has made. It would seem to make sense for Satan to use Islamic extremists to attack and injure America. This would be especially true if America were a nation that to a large degree embraced the morality of the Bible; and if there were a large number of Christians in America.
Perhaps, and I’m just taking a guess here, but perhaps Satan has not been pursuing more terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists in America because America has been on a steady path into deeper evil and immorality; and too many big scary terrorist attacks might just turn people back to God. Seeing that he is achieving success in his goal of keeping people from faith in the true and living God, and destroying things and people which God has made, may it be that Satan knows he doesn’t need many terrorist attacks. He’s a smart businessman; he’ll just keep doing what is working.