Americans' once-hypothetical concerns about terrorism at home recently became a horrifying reality in New York City and Washington, D.C. What has been endemic to Israel has now stormed the financial and political gateways of America by striking first-blows of epidemic casualties, using commercial flights as missiles. And fearless attempts to carry out
further attacks at the first reopening of U.S. airports reveal that suicidal terrorists consider September 11th's devastation not as a mission accomplished, but as an inauguration to succeed
in further acts of terror. Highlights of Osama Bin Laden's statements about the WTC bombings have been:
UPDATE: Transcript of Osama Bin Laden's videotaped response to Sept. 11th
"America is not as strong as it appears to be..."
"There is America, hit by God in one of its softest spots. Its greatest buildings were destroyed, thank God for that. There is America, full of fear from its north to its south, from its west to its east. Thank God for that..."
"I swear by God ... neither America nor the people who live in it will dream of security before we live it in Palestine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace be upon him."
[Ref: Video shown Oct. 7th on Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera.]
Bin Laden's Islamic fundamentalist outlook views terrorism upon America as a punishment from God because of U.S. support of Israel and the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, a home to Islam's holiest shrines, including their prophet Muhammad's tomb. To the Palestinian chant for the obliteration of Israel, Bin Laden further calls for the slaughter of Americans worldwide and at home (see World Islamic Front Statement).
In the prophet Jeremiah's day, the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar also saw his army as an instrument of God's wrath upon an astray (i.e. idolatrous) and complacent Israel - Jeremiah revealed that Nebuchadnezzar's conviction was actually stirred up by God. Prophets of our day have similarly revealed that the Islamic Arab world's conviction to punish "the great Satan" is actually an instrument in God's hand to bring America (specifically, the Christian Church that bears His name) to self-examination and national repentance. And just as national repentance and a return to God's righteousness were the only safety and hope of Israel's victory over her enemies in Jeremiah's day, so America's refuge and victory lies first in repentance and a return to Jesus Christ's atoning provision and call for righteousness.
Feelings of grief, helplessness and compassion towards fellow Americans who were victimized in the terrorist attacks have not only brought about a sweeping wave of solidarity across the nation, but also brought America to her knees to plead for help, healing and grace to overcome this tragedy. All Americans from the President and his cabinet, to the Senate, to the common citizen, have turned to prayer for the victims and their families, and the future safety of all citizens. However, the accompanying indignation towards the terrorists and their sponsors has also distracted America from searching her own soul and evaluating her true standing with God just prior to this tragedy.
Does America's renewed patriotism for her ideals of freedom and liberty sanctify her epidemic proportions of adultery, divorce and abortion which have destroyed marriages, families and children's lives? Have the humanitarian unity and solidarity born of the NYC tragedy exempted America from the guilt of embracing, exploiting and exporting every kind of lewdness and sexual immorality throughout the world (and will the American TV and movie industry's reformed attitude towards its portrayal of violence and political leaders lead to a sustained and deeper muckraking of Hollywood's cesspools)? Does prayer for fellow citizens in times of crisis purge the nation's heart from idolatry of wealth and health, and from the pursuit of selfish pleasures and lukewarm indifference to God when things return back to normal? (See America at the Crossroads: Judgment or Revival? and A Message for America)
Americans must beware of allowing their pride in America's noble ideals and military and economic superpower status to blind them to God Almighty's hand of blessing and protection that originally brought her to such heights. Boisterous and shameless sinning is America's first and most deadly enemy which has already provoked God to start removing His hand of protection from America. And even military and economic might cannot rescue America from the threats that await her without God's blessing and protection (please take a moment to listen to A Shield for America)...
DEAR FELLOW AMERICANS, LET US CONFESS OUR INDIVIDUAL SINS AND TURN TO JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR...
LET US INDIVIDUALLY ACCEPT OUR NEED TO BE WASHED IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD WHICH HE ALONE SHED FOR OUR SINS, AND SURRENDER ALL DESTRUCTIVE PASSIONS AND HABITS TO HIM...
LET US ASK HIS HELP TO START TO LIVE A CLEAN LIFE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, AND THE LORD OUR GOD WILL GIVE US VICTORY IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES AND AS A NATION...