2011-09-11 - A Day of Remembrance
Originally Published 2011-09-15
Right after the stunning, tragic events of 9-11-2001, our now-retired writer Rick wrote a wonderful message on this. Today we would like to share it with you again, trusting that God will again use it to move and strengthen hearts. Please continue to stay in prayer for the victims of this senseless tragedy, for anniversaries are often painful related to any deaths, and also, we know the grieving still miss their loved ones, and the survivors still are affected by the murders and the unspeakable horror brought by humans upon their fellow humans - to the extent that really words can't adequately express the horror.
September 11th, 2001 is a day none of us will forget. It is with sadness and distraught feelings that I ponder the events of that day. I was at work and I returned a call from my wife, who told me that two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. In shock, I turned and rushed to view the scene as it played over and over again on TV.
Most of my coworkers stood in horror. We all knew that the World Trade Center would not stand, but we never thought it would collapse so soon. Everyone was dismayed and in shock, and probably like most of America that day, struggling to finish our jobs. I later found that I had lost two friends in the rubble of the aftermath of what once was the World Trade Center.
It is still very difficult to sort out this tragedy. As a Christian I want to encourage believers to share the hope they have. It is true we have the answer. Open your heart, open your Bible, and by the Holy Spirit's gift of love inside of you, comfort those who are seeking. My church is very evangelical, and we were exhorted early Tuesday to share the truth we hold so dear. We were reminded we do have an answer, we do have hope and that Jesus saves and heals. I have prayed, and I have talked to many people during this time, as I am sure most of you have. I encourage you today, and in the days to come, to continue in prayer, to continue to share the truth, to continue to read your Bible and to continue in fellowship one with another.
Another difficult thing for many honest truth seekers, were the questions of "how do I feel?" or "How should I feel about retaliation against those who perpetrated this act of war?" What is a proper Biblical response against those who promote the killing of innocent men women and children?
My answer came from the Bible in these verses:
Romans 13:1-4 "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."
Today 50,000 men and women have been called by the authority of the United States to actively pick up the sword and report to their respective military bases. The perpetrators who wounded America are not the authority, and neither are those who partner willingly with them in providing them shelter and provision. They are wrongdoers who our President has stated will be brought to justice, and I might add, by the power vested in him from God.
I am deeply sorrowful this day, and my prayers go out to the victims.
I encourage all of you to be steadfast in the faith, so you can share the hope that you have within you.
In His Service,