Fifteen years. Can you believe it’s been that long? September 11, 2001 is a day none of us will forget. What I remember most about that day, and the weeks that followed, was not the hatred so many showed for those responsible for the attacks (which was, and still is, profound), but the way our nation came together.
Fifteen years later it’s hard to imagine the U.S. as a truly united country. Democrats attack Republicans. Conservatives mock Liberals. Atheists censure Christians. Muslims criticize Jews. And now it’s even acceptable – if not outright lauded – to sit down during the National Anthem. What happened?
Fifteen years later we have neglected our own brothers and sisters. Patriotism was at an all-time high in the months following 9/11. But the question I had then, and still have today, is this: Why does it take a national tragedy/disaster/catastrophe for us to live out the motto “United We Stand, Divided We Fall?” Can’t we display national pride at all times? The love a parent has for his child is unconditional. The love Christ has for us is the same. The Lord is crazy about you when your life is a smooth ride. His love for you is unsurpassed when your life resembles a jarring hurricane too.
Fifteen years later we must remember that our country will never be the same. Though America remains the greatest nation in the world, we will go only as far as our Christian values will take us. And that’s where the church needs to step up and quote the prophet Isaiah when he said, “Here am I. Send me! (Isa. 6:8).”
Fifteen years later – and this is where we make a true difference – we must love the unlovable. Secular society will not pave the way for this. Neither will pop culture. Nor your public school. Nor the media. It’s up to us, plain and simple. It’s possible another attack on our soil will happen. After all, the wise Solomon tells us that “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9).” I’m not insinuating that we are in danger and should run around like frightened mice. But take some time this week to reflect on the past fifteen years. Have you used the 9/11 attacks to harbor resentments on those who think differently? Or have you seen this as an opportunity to motivate others? To show love to others so that they eventually turn their wills and their lives over to the care of the only one who can guarantee eternal life?
Our time on earth is but a blink of an eye. Our time with Jesus lasts forever. There is no terrorist organization on the planet that can overcome the love of Christ.
In His Name,