We took our children to Washington DC for a few days over spring break. What a joy! We were able to see so many wonderful things: the monuments, the Mall, the Cherry Blossom Festival (with the cherry trees at their peak), the U. S. History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the outside of the White House, etc… There were about 1 million visitors in DC the weekend of Easter. The weather was perfect and the blossoms were at their peak.
We became pros at riding the subway in Washington – the “Metro” and their new paperless fare system and we never lost our children on the subway! I am super glad for that. 🙂 I was interested to see how everyone on the subway just quietly stayed on their phones. No one talked to anyone else – unless it was a tourist who was lost or confused. When they asked for help, the locals were very friendly and knowledgable and willing to help. But generally, no one made any eye contact with anyone else and just stayed totally to themselves. I guess that is a way that those who live in a big city show respect for each other while having to share such tight quarters, perhaps? Our daughter quickly decided she preferred the subway to riding in our car because she could sit by me and cuddle the whole time. She thinks South Carolina definitely needs a subway, too.
The trip will be especially memorable because we were leaving the Capitol building on Monday just as the shooting happened.
The shooting incident happened behind us inside the building. We didn’t hear – or didn’t recognize that we heard – the shots. But we heard a police officer behind us yelling, “Get down,” and when I looked back, he was running to fall on the ground behind a wall. I thought maybe he was tackling someone. Then we heard other police yelling to everyone, “Run!! Run!!”
We ran has hard as we could for about 2 blocks with other people running near us, not knowing what had happened or how widespread the incident was. One lady called someone on her cell phone as we all ran and said, “A shooting?” I didn’t bring my asthma inhaler that day because the Capitol Building has gotten very strict about people not bringing in liquids. With the heavy pollen and so much running, I had my first asthma attack in years – my lungs felt like they were on fire.
Actually, I had some concerns about going to DC after the attack on Brussels the week before. I felt that DC could be a prime target for some kind of attack, especially around Easter. But then I realized that – for all I knew – we could face a similar threat at home going to church, school, a restaurant, work, or a theater. Last week, there were several random shootings on bridges in South Carolina, sadly. This is such a crazy world we live in! I am extremely glad to know that God is in charge and that He knows how many days each of us has here on this earth. I trust Him with our lives. I’m thankful for His promise to be with us and to never leave us or forsake us that I could cling to even in the midst of running for our lives and all the chaos that happened that day.
We saw police streaming into the area within 30 seconds from everywhere. Barricades went up on First St. To keep cars out except for police vehicles. Suddenly, the police that had been on shift all had machine guns and were directing everyone away from the Capitol. We made it to the Supreme Court building steps outside and sat down. A female officer there asked if she could help us. We told her what happened. She didn’t have details yet, but said the last time something like this happened was 1998. She helped lighten the mood for our children and offered to call for medical help if I needed it (because I was struggling to breathe for 10-15 minutes) while a police helicopter swooped directly overhead just above the buildings. More police cars kept coming and coming. Those who were in the Capitol Building at the time of the shooting had to stay sheltered in place on lockdown for an hour.
We were so grateful to God that the situation was quickly handled and there was no loss of life. The crowds were massive this past week. Our tour guide at the Capitol building told us they had 10,000 guests that day alone.
We want to extend our thanks to all of the police and security officers for being so vigilant and well-prepared. We also thank and praise God for the police and for safety for everyone involved.
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT WASHINGTON – THE GLORY OF GOD OR THE GLORY OF EVOLUTION?
One thing that really struck me in Washington was the contrast between US History Museum and the Museum of Natural History in Washington. In the history of our nation, there is constant and unmistakable evidence about that our founding fathers sought to honor God in the documents they wrote and that they based their writing and beliefs on His Word, primarily. The Bible was held to be sacred by most of these men who formed the Constitution and designed the system of government for our nation – even by those who were not Christians. (I am not saying that everyone who was involved in writing these documents lived godly lives that completely honored God in every way – but I am talking about the documents and writings upon which the nation was founded.) Now, at the Museum of Natural History (and every museum, I suppose, except for The Creation Museum), evolution is taught as undisputed “fact” it is no longer labeled a “theory” even though it still is a theory.
It breaks my heart to see how many people are being misled to believe that evolution “created us” and that there is no God. We are the same as animals.
Evolution is now one of the most widely held “religions” of our culture. With it, we can refuse to believe that God created the universe, and if we can do that, we can choose to believe that we won’t have to answer to Him. We no longer have to worry about anything being “right” or “wrong.” We are free to do whatever we want to do. And we think there will be no consequences whatsoever.
We can reject what God says about sin and about our guilt before Him. We can reject what He says about hell and the sacrifice Christ paid on our behalf to give us the only way there is to be right with God and to know and love Him forever and to enter heaven. We can ignore that there will be dire consequences that will last for eternity based on our choices here in this lifetime.
Masculinity, femininity, marriage, and family can be whatever we decide they should be. Morals can be whatever we think is best at the time. We are now in charge. We are god – that is humanism. We have the power to declare that what God says is “wrong” and what we think is “right.”
It is mind-blowing to me that people can look at the complexities of the universe, physics, biology, chemistry, ecological systems, the earth, and all of nature and miss that an eternal, sovereign, powerful, good God created them all.
May we share the truth of God’s Word with the world that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)! If we don’t understand that Genesis 1:1 is bedrock truth, we will certainly not believe any of the rest of the Bible. I’m so thankful God has provided His Word as the source of absolute truth in a world where things are very confusing and dark.
Is Evolution a Religion? – by Answers in Genesis