Where were you, and what were you doing when the horrendous news hit us on Sept. 11, 2001?

It hardly seems possible that 16 years have passed, since that dastardly deed that was committed in New York City Sept. 11, 2001. Almost 3,000 people, who had awakened to a crystal clear, beautiful day had made their way off to work or to other routine activities of the day never imagining that it would be their last.

Even the few minutes after the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, most thought it to be an accident. But when the second plane hit, a third plane hit the very epicenter of our armed forces in Washington D.C. where an additional 125 lives were lost, and the failed attempt by a fourth plane which may have been headed to the Capitol building or the White House, there was no doubt in virtually anybody’s mind that this was a deliberate act. Thanks to some heroic Americans aboard that fourth plane, untold lives were spared.

It was a horrendous day as millions sat glued to their TV sets, and exactly where we were and what we were doing will be forever etched into our brains — just as where we were and what we were doing on Nov. 22, 1963,

There are few “whys” that have not been explored in following years. We can never know all of them — but suffice it to say it was a deed done by a people who were paying a twisted allegiance to their so-called religion. Their “deity” supposedly instructed them to do it. The deed was born out of an intense hatred for western culture, for American prosperity, and because of the foundation upon which she was founded.

That national foundation was a strict adherence to God’s laws — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — the true and living God — the One Who spoke the worlds, galaxies and all living beings into existence by only having to say, “Let there be. . . .” That law is etched in stone throughout Washington D.C. and courthouse cornerstones throughout the nation.

People escaped the oppression of a state regulated church - one that refused to permit its parishioners to worship with freedom, in the way they saw fit. So they found such freedom across an ocean, although it was not without sacrifice and bloodshed. But in the new country, a people covenanted together, to form a union which gave people the freedom to worship, according to their own consciences - and their own interpretation of theology.

God has a way of pouring out His blessing upon people who earnestly seek him. And earnestly seeking Him, was the intent of the framers of our Constitution — and this was the practice, for the most part, of a vast majority of its population. Children were educated through the McGuffy Reader, Pilgrim’s Progress — and the Holy Bible. Prayers were offered before school began, and there was no question as to whether or not the pledge to the American Flag would be observed.

Parents taught right from wrong at home — and hard work in the fields was the order of the day. The Blue Law was strictly observed, and the church was the focal point of the community, and heavily influenced secular activities. Such resulted in God’s favor and blessing on the new nation.

But the devil hates such a society - one who honors God and is a strict adherent to the Gospel of Christ - and to insure that right prevails. So he wants to see it destroyed. He wants to taint its very fabric with his own brand of “religion,” lifestyles, and some things which “seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12.

During this 16th anniversary of the most destructive attack on our homeland, may we pause, reflect, and pray God’s protection on our nation.