Patriot Day

Patriot Day, September 11 each year, is a day of prayer and remembrance for all the victims and their families of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.  This is a reprint of  What Makes Us Stronger: Perspective on 9/11, written last year for the 10th anniversary.

The goal of terrorism is to disrupt the normal activities of a group by paralyzing its members with fear.  A decade later we can look back on the terror attacks of 9/11 with both historic and Christian perspective. Continue reading

What Makes Us Stronger: Perspective On 9/11

The goal of terrorism is to disrupt the normal activities of a group by paralyzing its members with fear.  A decade later we can look back on the terror attacks of 9/11 with both historic and Christian perspective.

The World Trade Center towers in New York represented the financial strength of capitalism.  The Pentagon in D.C. is the headquarters of our nation’s military prowess.  And while the target of Flight 93 is subject to speculation, the White House and Capitol buildings are the literal seat of our Federal Government.  Not only would large numbers of individuals be injured and killed, our very institutions would also be under attack.  Nearly 3,000 lives ended as a direct result of terrorist action, a reality that should not be downplayed.  But in another sense the ultimate goal of the 9/11 terrorists was never achieved.   Continue reading

It’s Good to Remember

September 11, 2001.  Chances are you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news.  We spent the next several hours – perhaps days – listening to the radio and watching the news reels again and again.  It’s been nine years, and with debate raging over a Ground Zero mosque and Terry Jones’s Burn a Koran Day the issues are still very much alive.  Discussion continues over exactly what to do at the site of where the Twin Towers once stood, because everyone cannot agree on exactly how to honor those that died.  One thing is as clear as ever: we will always remember that day.

In Joshua Chapter 4 the Hebrews finally get to cross the Jordan River and enter the promised land.  The LORD has Jeremiah command a leader from each tribe to take one stone, and place it in the midst of the river where the priests stood bearing the Ark of the Covenant.  When future generations ask what those stones mean, they are to be told the story of when God held the river and His people crossed on dry land.  It will be a memorial for ever. Continue reading