Summary: This message is in response to what happened in New York and Washington. It answers the questions of "why" and "what."
EXISTING EVIL - EXHAUSTING EVIL
INTRO. - The Galveston Hurricane.
ILL.- There is a book entitled, “Isaac’s Storm” which is about a hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas, in 1900. Apparently, everyone was convinced that a hurricane could never strike Galveston, even as one approached. The author vividly described how the streets began to flood but the people went about their business as if nothing was wrong. Children played in the water, men gathered for breakfast at the local diner, and no one fled from the storm that was about to strike.
Some people didn’t worry because Isaac Cline, the national weather service officer in Galveston, assured them it would not be a severe storm. Other’s simply believed that Galveston was invincible. Some people thought that since they had never seen a hurricane strike Galveston, one never would. So for a number of reasons people assured themselves that nothing bad would happen. And as a result over 6,000 people died one September day in 1900.
Brothers and sisters, just as that hurricane hit Galveston, TX, in 1900 so those planes hit the world trade center in New York and the Pentagon on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. And the people were totally unprepared. The people of Galveston, TX, were given some warning. The people of New York were given no warning at all.
I’m sure that people all across the U.S. thought that nothing like this could ever happen here, because it had never happened before. “Surely, no one would do such a terrible thing to the United States of America!” But it did happen. And the death count may be in the thousands.
They are calling this the “attack on America.” And it is, but what we have just experienced, some countries live with all the time. Most Americans thought this kind of terrorism would never happen here. Perhaps some even thought we were invincible. But we’re not.
ILL.- One news item was entitled “America the vulnerable.” WASHINGTON, SEPT. 12, 2001 (CBS News) - Hunkered down, grieving and nervous, America won’t soon be the same. The attacks that rained death on New York, Washington and a field in Pennsylvania brought an end to any idea that a strong country can be an invincible one.
Well away from the destruction, the symbols of American life - its work and play - slammed shut. No Disney World. No Mall of America. The first cancellation of a day’s major league baseball games, for reasons other than labor troubles, since D-Day. U.S. air space closed to commercial flights for the first time ever.
Even the government hid, diverting President Bush to military bases in the nation’s midsection on his way back from Florida and sending congressional leaders to a mountain fortification west of Washington.
"America is forever changed," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. "America is in for a long fight."
Evil exists in our world today! It always has existed and always will exist until the Lord calls a halt to this world as we know it!
ILL.- Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The times are evil; that is, there is much that is evil in them. It would be to our shame and discredit if we failed to recognize that evil; if we wrapped ourselves in a foolish optimism and failed to war with heart and strength against that evil.”