Ten years. It's been ten years since the attacks on America by terrorists happened. Hard to believe. As a nation, we have changed in many, many ways since that fateful day. And in too many ways, we haven't changed enough.
Memories of 9/11 make many afraid. But fear is the opposite of faith. Those who trust in Christ must choose to have faith over fear. Sometimes that means choosing it on a daily basis. Jesus, I believe. Help now my unbelief.
Back in 2002, on the first anniversary, I wrote:
As a Christian, I understand that until Jesus Christ returns to earth in His glory to reign, the existence of evil in this world will continue. But as a human being, I still struggle with "Why?". I want to know why we can't simply love (or at least tolerate) one another, why we can't "get along and play nice." I don't understand the kind of hatred that makes a few men kill thousands of innocent strangers — men, women, and children — for no other reason than because they hate Americans. I have never understood hatred because of ethnicity or religion.
Let's commit to pray for America, for our government, for our schools, for our children, for our churches, for our neighbors. Let's commit not to hate our enemies (without and within) but instead to pray for them.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God's mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Now, go out and hug someone and tell them you love them.