Apocalpyse Now-September 11, 2001

Apocalpyse Now-September 11, 2001

By Dr. Robert R. Kopp

My first response was to recite Psalm 121 and read Ephesians 6.

Then the whispering realism of Marlon Brando’s once apocryphal character from the jungles of Southeast Asia began to haunt, “Horror. Horror. Horror.”

And as time cannot separate any sensitive soul from the most horrific assault on America’s mainland in history, my mind and heart are flooded with feelings and facts struggling within the context of faith.

I praise God for Jesus, who certified life beyond the bounds of vision within the context of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, even as the inescapable why persists.

Part of evangelist David Ring’s testimony confronts my carnal selfishness: “I’ve got cerebral palsy! What’s your problem?” How can we continue to be so meticulously mean? Isn’t it time for us to use economics, education, law, politics and religion to help, not harm? Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said it so well, “I think (the attacks) just put everything into perspective in terms of what is really important.”

Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer conspired to assassinate Hitler because he believed it was not only his responsibility to care for the victims of a mad motorist but also to do all in his power to remove the madman from the wheel.

Though this may evoke an excoriating response because it does not kneel before a political correctness inspired by ideologues insulated from the trenches, it must be asked if militant Islam is normative or an aberration. I have commented on my own faith culture, “Don’t blame Jesus for Christians (or churches).” I am confused by the majority of Islam’s nation that has not condemned the assault on America but rather betrayed endorsing sentiments by silence on the diabolical origin of the horror or celebration of the results.

Anyone who swallows Arafat’s act as well as the rest of the collaborators has the historical recollection and acuity of a dung fly.

To borrow a line, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” I urge followers of Jesus to love like Jesus invitationally, inclusively, selflessly, sacrificially, mercifully and unconditionally.

A song comes to mind: “There will never be any peace until God is seated at the conference table.”

While I have serious doubts about one world religion, most world religions honor their God through acts of human kindness and cooperation.

Anything less must be exorcised.

Dr. Robert Kopp is the pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Loves Park.

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