Saturday, September 11, 2010
MUSINGS ON 9/11
I've seen hurt, anger, and pain all over again, along with statements ranging across the spectrum. Today, we hear about burning Korans and arguing about where a mosque should be built, but these are not going to change any hearts. Book burnings have never accomplished whatever they were meant to do. The insensitivity to the families of the 9/11 victims will not be changed by argument and protest, either.
Christians should always stand for what is righteous, but our calling is to spread the message of salvation to a world who has, for the most part, heard only a skewed message of redemption. Are not all people, whatever their religious or political persuasion, part of The Great Commission? After His resurrection, "Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'" Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
Once we become a Christian, we are changed inside. We are in a lifelong process of becoming more like Him, and our entire outlook focuses on the eternal rather than the short term. When something bad happens, and it will, we can put it in proper perspective and seek His strength and guidance to sustain us and heal us.