The 9/11 terrorist attacks are often used as proof that America has fallen out of favor with God, and megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress went back to that statement with a recent sermon that you can find excerpted on the Right Wing Watch YouTube channel.
In the address, Jeffress doesn’t pull any punches, connecting the attacks – in which Muslim terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Centers, one into the Pentagon, and hijacked a fourth that ultimately crashed after a passenger takeover – to abortion.
“All you have to do is look in history to see what God does with a nation that sanctions the killing of its own children,” Jeffress said. “I mean just look at the nation of Israel. Israel is the only nation in the world in which it could truly be said were God’s chosen people, and yet because they got involved in the worship of Moloch, the pagan god, and sacrificed their children on the altar, he raised up the godless Babylonians and the Syrians to bring judgment on his own people.”
Jeffress then said that people ask him all the time about how God could let foreign invaders kill 3,000 of our own people (referring to the 9/11 attacks).
“People ask me all the time, ‘Well, I just don’t understand why God wouldn’t protect our nation and he would allow these radical Muslims on 2001 to kill 3,000 of our citizens and why God doesn’t protect us. Surely, God doesn’t use pagans to bring judgment upon his own people, does he?’ Just read the Bible. God will not allow sin to go unpunished and he certainly won’t allow the sacrifice of children to go unpunished.”
While Robert Jeffress’ comments are certainly controversial, they’re not altogether original, as Opposing Views points out.
Before Jeffress embraced this view, the Rev. Jerry Falwell blamed a slew of groups for 9/11, including gays, abortionists, feminists, the ACLU, and People for the American Way (owners of Right Wing Watch).
While it’s true that, in the religious context of the Bible, Israelites were “punished” by God for the very thing that Jeffress states, it’s up for debate among Christians whether or not that can be read as a direct warning of our current times.
But what do you think, readers, and particularly those of you who are Pro-Life? Is Jeffress right to draw parallels between ancient Israel and the modern state of the U.S.? Share your thoughts on his 9/11 comments below.
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