America, We’re All on Germanwings Flight 9525 Now

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Published on: April 17, 2015

I received the following anonymous post by an old Airman in Spartanburg via email earlier today. It offers the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf as an allegory for our nation’s alarming descent toward catastrophe with Barack Obama in the cockpit of America.

Do not dismiss it, but take it to heart. Let it alarm you with the fatal trajectory of our nation. Allow it to drive you to your knees in prayer for our land. Let it provoke you to “humble yourself, seek His face, and turn from your wicked ways, that God might forgive our sin and heal our land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) Let it spur you to “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord;” (Hebrews 12:14) and let it remind you that “your time is always at hand.” (John 7:6)

“The pilot was locked out of the cockpit.”

That phrase finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings flight 9525.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit, then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. After which Lubitz, for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered the jet into a harrowing 8-minute plunge ending in an explosive 434 mph-impact with a rocky mountainside.

150 men, women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death.

Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn’t be stopped because anyone who could change the jet’s disastrous course was locked out.

Speculation abounds.

It is hard to imagine how the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them.

Hard … but not impossible.

Because America is in trouble. We feel the descent in the pits of our stomachs. We hear the shake and rattle of structures stressed beyond their limits. We don’t know where we’re going anymore, but do know it isn’t good. And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out.

Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voice other than those in his head?

Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing?

As the plane began its rapid descent, the passengers were quiet at first. There was probably some nervous laughter, confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with seatmates, followed by a brief period in which anxiety had not yet metastasized into terror.

It was only near the end of the 8-minute plunge that everyone finally understood what was really happening. Only near the end when they began to scream.

Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless dread as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation’s decline is an act of choice rather than of chance. The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8-year plunge.

A man who has locked everyone out.

—An old Airman in Spartanburg, Virginia

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations … Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? (Joel 2:1-2, 12-17)

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