Thy Will Be Done
Someone sent me a transcript of a great commentary piece on faith in America given by Ben Stein on CBS. Unfortunately like so many other things circulated on the Internet, the piece wasn't completely accurate. Part of it was indeed commentary by Stein, part was an interview (also on CBS) with Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) just after 9-11. The rest was just made it. Another example of the fact that most of the stuff circulated over the Internet may have a bit of truth decay. (Snopes.com is a great place to fact check things you receive to see if they are true.)
Saying all that, the Ben Stein article is actually pretty good, and I'll probably reprint it a little closer to Christmas… if I remember. And the September 13, 2001 interview with Anne Graham Lotz is good too. Jane Clayson, the CBS interviewer, asked Lotz, “I've heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God let this happen? To that, you say?” Here is her reply--
I say God is also angry when he sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God and said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace. And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national and political life, our public life. Removing his hand of blessing and protection. We need to turn to God first of all and say, God, we're sorry we have treated you this way and we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you. We have our trust in God on our coins, we need to practice it.
This is a good reminder that we really can’t have it both ways. We cannot on the one hand reject God in our private and corporate daily lives and then expect His blessings and protection in times of crisis. God will eventually give us exactly what we want-- to be left alone. But there are consequences. To paraphrase a line from C.S. Lewis, we can say to God “Thy will be done” or He will say to us “Thy will be done” and then leave us to our choice.