Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Not Forgetting 9/11

Today is September 13th. That means it is officially two days after the 10-year anniversary of what forever will be remembered as 9/11. And most people are moving on. I don't mean that sarcastically. What I mean is that the fanfare of the anniversary is over and it is back to life as usual. It has made me think, should it be life as usual? I mean, on one hand, our lives will never be the same. We have been changed forever because of those events. But on the other hand, we have to live our lives. As Christians, we have to embrace what we are going through and live the next day by faith in Jesus. Then the next day. Then the next.

Over the last several days, so many people have written so many good things as a reminder of how the Christian should respond to 9/11. I thought I would just give you a link to them, at the mere idea that you might want to know what others have said. Here are three helpful articles I have read over the past couple days.

Keven DeYoung offers a very helpful prayer.
"O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we worship and adore you, for you are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. We will not be afraid though skyscrapers tumble and fall, though terror alerts are raised and the constant noise of wars and rumors of wars is all around us. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; you utter your voice; the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
We live in an uncertain, sad and dangerous world. We always have and always will. But your sovereignty is secure, your love is fixed, and your promises are altogether sure . . . [keep reading]
Adrian Warnock says that he has posted a very similar article every year since that tragedy on 9/11. What is interesting about his article is his calling to wake up to the reality of evil, every day.
"In the end 911 was, however, a single day. A very important day, but it was nonetheless just a day. Part of history that can never be erased but just one day. We have had evil days before and we will have them again. Without minimizing the pain of this day, or for a moment suggesting that we should turn back the clock or stop commemorating it, it was just a day. Somehow such days must be integrated and life must continue, as indeed it has . . . [keep reading]
The Gospel & NYC: Some Research & Analysis on the State of the Church--10 Years Later
Ed Stetzer provides some helpful thoughts on the state of the church in NYC after those events. He writes,
"It should not surprise us that there is interest in how people respond after tragedy. Missiologists have long known that receptivity to the gospel tends to increase in times of distress (especially nation distress) . . . The horror of 9/11 left a smoldering pile of dusty rubble, but the gospel of Jesus Christ has overcome the terror in the lives of many New Yorkers, changing lives where the likelihood of change was doubted . . . [keep reading]

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