“…but we will take up arms, ready to go before the people of Israel, until we have brought them to their place.
And our little ones shall live in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.”
What does Scripture teach about protecting God’s people? God commanded the Israelites to protect the ‘little
ones’ in fortified cities due to the ‘inhabitants’ of the land. Since the attacks of 9/11, the threat of terrorism
against the United States has been consistently reinforced. Based on this truth, homeland security is built on
the foundation of protecting the innocent within the borders of the United States from external threats.
An example of how the Department of Homeland Security has ‘fortified’ our nation is through the creation and
expansion of the Transportation Security Administration. This agency now regulates security at all national
airports across the country. They provide a visible deterrent to terrorism, as well as advanced screening
capabilities to prevent weapons from entering into the secure area of our nation’s air transportation sector.
1. In a minimum 100-word initial post, respond to the following prompt:
a. The current threat of terrorism has generated a foundational need for homeland security. Provide three
examples of how homeland security provides ‘fortification’ for the security of the United States.
b. From a Christian perspective, what is God’s role in protecting people?
c. Be substantive in your response and defend your answer.
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