By Bryan Fischer
officials tell us that there have been at least 32 attempted terrorist attacks
against U.S. citizens since 9/11, all of which have failed. (The one exception
is Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who shot up 13 idolaters at Fort Hood, a
circumstance created by the folly of allowing Muslims, who have a sacred
obligation to kill infidel American soldiers, to serve in our military.)
Why have we been
kept safe from the kind of wholesale slaughter we experienced on 9/11?
Think back to the
days immediately following 9/11. One of the memorable moments of the aftermath
of that fateful September morning was when members of Congress, Republican and
Democrat alike, gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and together sang
“God Bless America.”
Almost immediately a
new American tradition was created in major league ballparks, in which a
portion of the 7th inning stretch was devoted to the singing of that same song
by the entire crowd.
The singing of “God
Bless America” has been a staple since 9/11 in virtually every major league
baseball stadium, and, inspired by baseball’s example, is now a consistent part
of pregame festivities at NFL games and NBA games, as well as college football
and basketball games.
here is that “God Bless America” is not just a collection of words, not just a
song, not just a memorable melody. What is significant here is that “God Bless
America” is a prayer.
When we sing this song,
we are not just singing - we are praying. We are joining heart and voice
together to ask God to bless America, to “stand beside her and guide her
through the night with a light from above.”
Remarkably, we have
established the practice of converting every major league stadium, every NFL
stadium, and every NBA arena into a temporary cathedral in which hundreds of
thousands of Americans every week pray to God and ask him to watch over this
I suggest that these
prayers have been heard and they have been answered.
The Psalmist says,
“Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stands guard in vain”
(Psalm 127:1). Now God does not protect us apart from our watchmen but through
them - that’s why we need a well-equipped military. But he waits patiently for
us to invite him to watch over us; he will not force his protection on a people
who do not want his help.
multitudes of the American people have on a weekly and almost daily basis asked
God to watch over our nation. I believe he has inclined his ear to our prayer.
If you want to know
why America has been kept safe since 9/11, I believe we have professional
baseball, football, and basketball owners to thank for giving Americans the
opportunity to engage in consistent corporate intercession for the safety of
Who could have seen
that coming? As the Scriptures say, “How unsearchable are his judgments and how
inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33).
noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)