Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 12, 2010

The Day After 9/11

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 forever changed our world – or did it? To be sure, most Americans reeled in disbelief over the events of that day and the tragic events plunged the nation into a fight against terrorism that has had major effects on every area of our lives – from security in airports to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to border and immigration debates. Our world after 9/11 does seem so different from the world I knew as a kid. However, can these differences actually be attributed to the events of 9/11?

I don’t think so. The terrible events that occurred on 9/11 were the result of pure, unadulterated evil. However, it wasn’t the first time that such evil was witnessed in our world. History books detail countless battles and wars, civil and racial strifes, and the inhumane treatment of men and women, boys and girls because of evil acts propulgated by others. The extermination of Jewish people during the Holocaust was another period in history when evil triumphed. Even today evil reveals itself in countless atrocities from far places in our world such as the Sudan and Darfur to trafficking and child abuse right in our own neighborhoods. In other words, the forces of evil in our world are not new. Evil thoughts and actions come from the heart. They are not limited to certain races, belief systems, or political affiliations. As Jesus taught: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12:35). And then in Mark 7:20-23 He stated: “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” 

The Bible makes it clear that as time moves toward the last days on earth, evil will increase. Paul warned in his letter to Timothy: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5) It is almost alarming to think of how clearly this describes much of what we see in our world today. While evil has always been in our world, its proliferation today can easily be recognized not only in tragedies like 9/11 but also in the pride, selfishness, and hate that runs rampant all around us.

On 9/11 we stopped to remember innocent husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters that were cruelly snatched from us by evil people. What will we do on the day. or should I say days, after 9/11? The Bible can help us know how to live in times like these.

  • First of all, we need to know where to find the courage and strength to stand against the evil we face.

 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

(Ephesians 6:10-11)

In the verses that follow, Paul outlines what the armor of God includes – the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit (the Bible or Word of God), and continual prayer (see Ephesians 6:14-18).

  • Secondly, although it is our natural tendency to get back at those who hurt us, Scripture tells us something else.

 

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. Therefore ‘If you enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

(Romans 12:17-21)

While it is totally against our human nature, we must relinquish our enemies to God Himself. Whether our enemies are judged through governing authorities or some other way known only to God, we can find peace when we just turn it over to Him.

  • Finally, we need to recognize who our enemy actually is.

 

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

(Ephesians 6:12)

Our real enemies are not the perpetrators of the heinous crimes we hear about or witness. They are not atheists, agnostics, or individuals from other religions, cultures, or beliefs. The real battle is with the evil one himself as he works through human beings to accomplish his evil purposes.

The only way to face the days after 9/11 is to face them in Christ. Not only can He be our Savior and Deliverer, but He can also be our example of how to live in difficult times. Christ died on the cross for our sins. He was struck and beaten, stripped, and spat upon. A crown of thorns was pushed into His head and He was nailed to a wooden cross. He was mocked and reviled. Yet He obediently followed God’s plan for His life. “For Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth,’ who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:21-24).

And this same Christ is with us today. He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5). I read that in the Greek this phrase contains two double negatives which would be the equivalent in English of saying “I will never, ever, ever forsake you.” What a promise to remember as we face the days after 9/11!

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