Do you remember the feelings that captivated our nation on Sept. 11, 2001? It was a dreadful day that we will never forget… or will we? It seems that in spite of regular reminders of that now historic event, the terror-stricken emotions that marked those days have subsided. During those first weeks, nobody barked about our being “One nation under God.” For a season, we were amazed at the mention of His name by those who had so vehemently denied Him. Those were days when this great diverse nation seemed to move and think as one.
Please don’t misunderstand me, I am appalled and angered at the boldness of those who by wicked hands have slain the innocent citizens of a peaceful nation. But doesn’t the whole matter beg the question, Why? Why were we so humbled, so unified, so willing to lay aside our personal agendas and aid or comfort our hurting neighbors? Why the flare of patriotic zeal? Why the sudden recognition of God? Like it or not, the catalyst for this national change of heart was “terror.” Thank God our nation does not live in constant terror, but isn’t it sad that we allowed the spirit of unity, brotherhood, patriotic zeal and faith in God to fade so quickly?
Another thought… In a little more than a hundred years, not one person on this planet today will still reside here. Some will be with the Lord, and some will have departed to an eternity without Him. According to the scriptures, the flames of a devil’s hell await all who refuse God’s gift of forgiveness. My friend, does this not strike terror in your heart? Or has that terror subsided since you first heard the biblical facts about our future? Would to God that we who have made peace with God would tell others. Would to God that those of you who do not yet know Him would believe that Jesus died, was buried and rose from the grave to pay the penalty for your sins. Turn from your sins before it is too late and Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31).