Happy Pearl Harbor Day

When something bad happens, it always comes as a surprise.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Another Kerner

    No, not everyone is surprised.

    (Some historians remark that Gen. Marshall was not surprised by the attack on Pearl Harbor, and that Kimmel and Short should have indeed been warned.)

    Scripture is filled with warnings.
    Pastors are to feed and warn the flock.

    When something *bad* happens, most of us are not surprised by it. People are aware of the possibilities of tragedy and wickedness, sin and death.

    What then is so astonishing and bewildering??

    We are astonished when the bad thing happens to us, personally.

    When the tragedy is no longer just a news story, but when the tragedy strikes personally, in our own families,
    It is then that we are overcome with surprise.

    I was certainly not astonished when I learned from a newscast that a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight had crashed into the Ocean on 15 October 1985, killing 14 Marines and Navy Chaplain.

    Helicopters crash often enough.

    What *was* surprising, astonishing and bewildering was this:

    My Christian son was one of those Marines killed.

  • Another Kerner

    No, not everyone is surprised.

    (Some historians remark that Gen. Marshall was not surprised by the attack on Pearl Harbor, and that Kimmel and Short should have indeed been warned.)

    Scripture is filled with warnings.
    Pastors are to feed and warn the flock.

    When something *bad* happens, most of us are not surprised by it. People are aware of the possibilities of tragedy and wickedness, sin and death.

    What then is so astonishing and bewildering??

    We are astonished when the bad thing happens to us, personally.

    When the tragedy is no longer just a news story, but when the tragedy strikes personally, in our own families,
    It is then that we are overcome with surprise.

    I was certainly not astonished when I learned from a newscast that a US Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight had crashed into the Ocean on 15 October 1985, killing 14 Marines and Navy Chaplain.

    Helicopters crash often enough.

    What *was* surprising, astonishing and bewildering was this:

    My Christian son was one of those Marines killed.


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