Bill Campbell

Thoughts of Life and Ministry

A DAY WE MUST NEVER FORGET

9/11. A terrible day. A painful day. Do you remember it? Perhaps a better question would be: How could you ever forget it? Be able to dismiss the events of the day from your mind? For terrorism invaded our backyard. Destroyed our sense of peace. Worse yet, destroyed many innocent lives. Families would be impacted forever.

We were stunned. Numb. Anxious. Trembling. Tears blurred our eyes. Pain and anger tore away at our hearts and minds. Uncertainty began to grow in our hearts.

America would never be the same again. Be free of the fear of alien forces. Erase from our minds the thought that enemies wish to destroy us. Our children would not be safe. Nor would our grandchildren. Furthermore, we could never ever again be able to take for granted the safe and serene lives we’ve enjoyed in the past. Why? Because America was under attack.

We thought we were invulnerable. Beyond the danger of invasion. Safe. Guarded. Protected. Free of anxieties and fears. But the attacks nonetheless occurred. Happened. As a result, we were made keenly aware of just how vulnerable we are to evil and terrorist threats.

On September 11, 2001 our lives and futures in America were under attack. At 8:45 A. M. American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Ninety-two passengers lost their lives.

Then at 9:03 A. M. United Airlines Flight 175 rammed into the south tower of the World Trade Center. Sixty-five passengers were automatically snuffed out of existence.

Next, at 9:43 A. M. American Airlines Flight 77, flying from Washington to Los Angeles, crashed into the Pentagon. Sixty-four lives were ended.

If this wasn’t enough, at 10:48 A. M, it was established that United Airlines Flight 93 crashed a few miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Several additional lives were lost in this airline that had left Newark, New Jersey, and was bound for San Francisco.

Our President at the time, George W. Bush, announced through the media that these were “apparent attacks on our country.”

Indeed they were attacks on our country. Serious lashes against our fair land. And the threats of attack have not subsided. Ceased. Come to a halt. The enemy continues to threaten. Intimidate. To strike fear into all of our lives. Life has changed forever in our country. No longer can we take life and its various freedoms for granted.

What have we learned from these terrorist activities?

  • That freedom is not free. Freedom will demand sacrifices. Cause us to suffer loss. In short, freedom will always be costly.
  • Evil is ever with us on earth. It is never far away. That is why we continue to pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “deliver us from evil” (“from the evil one” – Matthew 6:13).
  • The need for faithfulness is called for as we patiently await the final revelation of the “new heaven and new earth” (see II Peter 3:13 and Revelation 21:1).
  • That we continue to live righteous lives on earth. And that we encourage all others to do the same with us.

Finally, the pathetic condition of our broken world is ever a clear and clarion call for the church to be the church. To be the healthy biblical fellowship that continuously functions as “salt” and “light” in this crooked generation.

My prayer is for God’s empowerment from above, and for God’s empathy made known through us, to be shed abroad here on earth!!

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September 8, 2011 - Posted by | Celebration, Christ, Christian Life, Church, Church and Family, Church and Ministry, Church Health, Church Leadership, Church Unity, Coaching, Discipleship, God, Heaven, Relationships, Salvation, Scripture, Service, Spirituality, The Devil

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