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New Hope Christian Church, 9/11/16
July 4, 1776 – Dec. 7, 1941 – June 6, 1943 – Nov. 22, 1963 – July 20, 1969 – Sept 11 (9/11), 2001. All are dates that the people of American living at the time could never forget. Few could ever forget where they were and what they were doing when they got the news of each of those eventful days. Remembering these days is not just a mental exercise––it helps us to understand the very fabric of our nation, why we are what we are. We should commemorate those days in history that affected not only their own generations but also generations to come. Accordingly, it is only proper that we, from time to time, give special consideration to 9/11.
Called to Remember
Remember the 3,000 plus Americans who were killed simply because of their location on that fateful morning. Remember the first responders who ran into rather than away from the unfolding disaster. Remember the passengers on United Flight 93 who chose to bring down their plane rather than let it be used as a missile against a target in Washington D.C.
Remember that the attacks by Islamic radicals were the result of hatred toward America. They hate the United States because we are the number one supporter of Israel, the number one enemy of the militant Islamists. More than that, they hate the U.S.A. because they see us as their number one impediment to Islam’s recovery as a world power on account of our military and financial strength, and most of all as the strongest center of Christianity.
Called to Repent
Contrary to many charges in 2001, America did not bring 9/11 upon ourselves. We have always been the strongest supporter of nations who seek to live in peace with others. As a nation and also as private entities, we have always been the first and the most generous when disaster strikes other nations, including nations who seek us harm. We have a long history of building back countries who have attacked us and our allies.
Nevertheless, we must ask ourselves why God did not help our authorities prevent the attacks. Do we have the right to ask God to continue to bless America when not only many of our citizens but increasingly our duly elected and appointed segments of government, our representatives, not only allow moral degradation toward depravity but actually promote it? We are not yet to the point of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:16-19:29) or the Amorites of the 15th century BC (Deuteronomy 9:3-4), but we seem to be headed in that direction. Whether or not God’s punishment is soon to come upon us, we who claim to be His people must take the lead by setting proper examples of a moral people.
What does our morality have to do with 9/11? Consider a similar (though minor, compared to 9/11) set of circumstances mentioned by Jesus (Luke 13:1-5):
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them-- do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
Called to Act: “Let’s Roll”
When they received reports of the attacks in New York, the passengers on United Flight 93 decided to prevent their hijackers from a similar attack on Washington D.C. It was reported that a Christian by the name of Todd Beamer was overheard by a 911 call screener as he called out to his fellow passengers, “Let’s Roll.” They then overpowered their hijackers enough that the plane was brought down in rural Pennsylvania, either by their efforts or by the hijackers themselves as they realized their plot had been foiled.
Enemies from without and enemies from within are constantly threatening our nation and our culture. It has been said that the Roman Empire did not fall because of the barbarians’ invasions but rather because of its moral corruption, especially on the part of the ruling classes. To save our country for future generations, we must take action. Individuals, families, and communities must turn to God and His word. Then, we must vote—and some Christians need to run for office—so that we can preserve our peace and stand up for morality.
(Scripture from NIV, 1984, used by permission.)
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