Sailors walk past a flag aboard the USS Somerset Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. The amphibious transport dock scheduled to be commissioned March 1, is the last of three vessels honoring 9/11 victims and first responders. It joins the USS New York and the USS Arlington. The ship is named for the county where Flight 93 crashed after being hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

About That Flight 93 Piece

I was just reading Matt Lewis’s latest piece wherein his family and mine are having the same conversations. I noticed this line:

That’s essentially the same concession granted in “The Flight 93 Election” essay that Rush Limbaugh talked about this week (spawning a million think pieces and rebuttals).

I don’t want to write a think piece or rebuttal on it. Enough have been written and I’m really not that smart enough or deep enough in the intellectual weeds to care to do a deep dive on it.

But I do want to say that flight 93 saw Americans of multiple races, genders, incomes, sexual orientations, and political world views unite together to do something sacrifical for the greater good of their countrymen.

Fifteen years later a conservative is using the imagery of that flight to say we must either go with his version of America or the nation is over.

I believe in the imagery of Flight 93 — diverse Americans coming together united in a common cause against real evil. I don’t believe in the “my way or the highway” political imagery. The author does not want unity of Americans, but unity of conservatives for his vision of America, not a shared or common vision of America.

That’s sad that he would appropriate heroic symbolism for political bullying.

What’s worse is his fatalism that if Trump does not get elected, the nation ends. The nation is going to end one day. My soul is not. My hope is not in the outcome of an election, but of a Savior who died and rose again from the dead. The sovereignty of God puts me at peace regardless of the results of this election.

There are a lot of Christians who are worshiping American Jesus and not the real Jesus. They’ve put their hope in a con man, not a conquering king. They are driven to desperation and fear and worry and pessimism about the future. But what’s more, they’ve decided their will, not God’s and their vision of the future, not His. Only in the false religion of nationalism where the heroes of Flight 93 can be appropriated by one political party for one view of America can refusing to vote for a braying jackass be considered a sin, treason, or immoral.

This election is the American version of the Israelites demanding a king and choosing Saul.

That really is sad. I feel sadness for an author driven to such desperate writing.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:22-26, NIV)

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