Echoes From the Campfire

A man can be judged by those who hate him.”
              –Louis L’Amour  (A Man Called Noon)

    “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
              John 7:24 (NKJV)
    What has happened?  Have we been lulled to sleep and lost our vigilance?  What will be the price paid for that, another 9/11-type disaster?  Now it seems that instead of being alert we have become buddies.  Why we even elect Muslims to Congress which I cannot figure for how can they take an oath on the Bible and how they can take an oath to uphold the Constitution, for many of Muslim beliefs contradict it.  I guess it should be, “Maintain the Status Quo”.
    I almost named today’s Echo, the Echo of the Twin Towers.  Can you hear the sound of the planes flying into the buildings?  Can you hear the buildings tremble and reverberate as they fell?  Walk the area, are there echoes from ground zero where the thousands died?  Listen, listen carefully, or have our ears become dull to that as well?
    The other day I was reading and came upon a little note.  It may not be profound but it is something that we should ponder.  Those hours after the attack there was fear.  What was going to happen next?  And of course, the media pundits launched their attack against President Bush.  But stop and recall for a moment the next twenty-four hours after the attack.

         *I would never ever want another 9/11, but I miss the America of 9/12.
         *Stores rans out of flags to sell because they were being flown everywhere.
         *People were Americans before they were upper or lower class, Jewish or Christian, Republican or Democrat.
         *We hugged people without caring if they ate at Chick-Fil-A or wore Nikes.
         *On 9/12, what mattered most was what united us, than what divided us.

I remember one more thing very distinctly–Congress on the steps of the Capitol singing “God Bless America.”  Now that song has been excluded form some of the ballparks.  What has happened?  Whether you want to believe it or not there are still terrorists out there looking for America to fall, planning our demise.  Those working in our governments are among them.  Ponder in solemnity the words of President Bush.

              “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.  These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.  America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.  And no one will keep that light from shining.”

              “It is said that adversity introduces us to ourselves.  This is true of a nation as well.”

              “The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country we’re more than acts of terror.  They were acts of war.”

We cannot become nonchalant.  If nothing else it is our duty to pray for our leadership and our military.  Woe to the world if America crumbles.