Today marks the twenty-year anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil that took the lives of thousands and changed the lives of the rest of us. We remember September 11, 2001, one of the darkest days in the history of the United States. It was a day when intentional violence and death was inflicted against fellow human beings that left hurting and broken hearts throughout our nation and among our allies around the world.
For Americans who experienced that day, we remember 9/11/2001, as an emotional time marked by fear, sadness, despair, anger… even hatred because of the huge loss of innocent lives. Some may have lost hope, but in the midst of such suffering, still there is hope if one knows in Whom to trust.
On that day and days following we witnessed innumerable examples of heroism, patriotism, bravery, and compassion. The best of the human spirit shone forth after evidence of the worst of the human spirit. Lives were saved that can only be explained by the grace and providence of a loving Sovereign God. Feelings of peace to gradually comfort the deep personal sorrow of those who lost loved ones became real to many. Hope brings healing and is found when God’s people look to Him for help even in the midst of the worst storms — and continues even after twenty years. Surely remembering experiences rooted in hope is better than harboring roots of bitterness.
What caused the evil that deliberately struck America on that tragic day? It was ultimately caused by demonic forces that rule rebellious hearts of sinful humans. I believe our nation is right to defend and protect, but humans who war even for right reasons must also act in righteousness. War is necessary to stand against terrorists — forces of darkness — which must be stopped.
Light is the only effective weapon against the darkness of evil. If America is led by the Light and the Glory of God upon which it was founded, we will stand as the land of the free. If we continue to replace godly principles with ungodly living, then we will not.
Judgment is real when God’s people ignore His warnings. Today we risk losing everything we hold dear. Will America heed God’s warnings and know His forgiveness and healing or be condemned to fall amid future tragedies?
Lest anyone considers this to be a hopeless message, realize there is hope always if we repent and follow Biblical instructions. God’s promises are found throughout Scriptures, including 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.”
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)