Front Porch Terrorism by Kurt Stratton

This is the devotion that Kurt published the day after the 9/11 Attack.  It stands!


“Front Porch Terrorism” (archives) September 11, 2001

Yesterday was another “date which will live in infamy” for this country, as both towers of the World Trade Center, the State Department Building and The Pentagon were all bombed by terrorists. Four commercial jetliners were skyjacked and used as flying arsenals in crippling this great land. New York City is such a strategic location because it has always been America’s “front porch.” And now we have received a tremendous mortal wound, much like those prophesied in end-time Scriptures. America will never be the same. This was not a dent in our armor, but a major infiltration – a savage and staged “sucker punch” by a new global bully. Our Achilles heel has been exposed. Fallout will be extensive and severe.

As angry as we may and should be, we must take some responsibility for lowering our guard. For years, there have been “holes in our walls.” We have independently turned our backs on the very One Who can protect us. We have minted our money to say “In God We Trust,” but minted our lives to deny it. We have become so “politically correct” that we are now tolerating aggressive and threatening ideologies from known terrorist nations. This was an “inside job.” We have pushed God out of our schools, and invited in new age philosophies. We have mocked the Bible, banned prayer, casualized marriage, swapped spouses, killed our unborn, homosexualized Jesus, glorified Hollywood, shamed the clergy, split churches, degraded corporal punishment, protected the criminal, pillaged the family, euthanized the elderly, evolutionized man, sanctified science, ridiculed our government, “roasted” the religious, sensationalized perversion, and downplayed tradition. When you play with snakes, you will get bitten, for “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). And this is America’s wake-up call!

Some have confused Jesus’ statement to “turn the other cheek” as a position of cowardice. In context, Jesus was talking about not retaliating with an “eye for an eye” when one is personally attacked for his faith. He was NOT referring to protecting one’s family or country. If that were the case, our police force and military would be ungodly, unbiblical, and unnecessary for peace.

On the contrary, we must take decisive measures to deal swiftly with those involved, to protect our homefront, and deter further aggression. And the greatest power the Church has is to fight our nation’s enemies on our knees. Yes, we are an extension of the military. We can arm ourselves with prayer and fasting. We can even use praise to rout the opposition as the singers did while advancing Jehoshaphat’s army (2 Chron. 20), for “the battle is not our’s, but the Lord’s.”

Don’t let the devil make you think that we are powerless. There’s a reason why Paul called it “the SWORD of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,” for His promises are true and unchanging. And our nation will find courage and faith in the midst of its pain and loss.

“In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be My doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you….No weapon forged against you will prevail….” (Isaiah 54:14,15,17).

Today, may we find God’s “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”


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