We must remember 9/11, and remember who we became on 9/12. We thought we were untouchable, but we found out different. We found out that we were vulnerable to attack . There were some hard lessons learned, we vowed never to forget, but we have started to slip back to a 9/10 mentality and we cannot afford to do that. Some things we should have learned but have forgotten:
Proverbs 12:26 A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray
We should have learned that Islam is not our friend, or at least what is called the radical portion of Islam. They are not another version of Christianity. They do not believe in the same God we do. Allah is not another name for Jehovah. This does not mean I hate them, just pointing out a simple fact. Here are a couple of differences:
- Allah has no son. Jehovah does and his name is Jesus, He is God and Saviour of all who call on Him. Jesus is not just a great prophet, not as great as Muhammad.
- Islam has a system of works to get to heaven. The only was to guarantee entrance to Paradise is to die during jihad ( a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith#). While Allah demands blood, Jesus shed His blood for the remission of sins.
But those are the radical members of Islam, and they do not represent the majority of Muslims you say.. Maybe it is, but if this is the case, where was the outcry from the Muslim community condemning these acts? Where was the outcry from the Islamic leaders? The day after Pat Robertson made his comments on how the earthquake in Haiti was a result of their making a pact with the devil there was an outcry from the Christian community. I remember my Facebook wall being filled with post from Christians outraged by that unwarranted and untrue comment.It is an unfortunate fact that the majority of terrorist acts are committed by the radical elements of Islam, and if that means we need to be cautious in dealing with Muslims in general is not because we hate any of them but out of necessity we must be cautious. We cannot sacrifice safety on the alter of political correctness.
If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:13-14
We had a time of repentance, we were turning to God as He commanded us to. But we have turned away again. Church attended went up where I was for about a month then it started dwindling off again. If America is going to survive, the church needs to get right with God. This is not a call to the lost, unsaved, un-churched, but to the believers. We need to humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways. The Christians hold the keys to turning America to God. And it is our responsibility and nobody else.What We Need to do in the wake of 9/12 can be found in the words of Jesus:
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; -Matthew 5:44
- We are to love. Agape love, the God kind of love. Those who do these acts are lost and just like we were without hope till we found Jesus. Love them unconditionally because we are loved unconditionally.
- Bless them: give good words for their evil ones.
- Do good to them: show your love in your actions.
- Pray for them: we cannot hope to change anybody but prayer changes things, We are invoking the God of Heaven on our behalf. This keeps our attitudes pure, who can hate a man he is praying to God for? This can change the man who is attacking us, saving his soul and in the process bringing us peace.
This is just a few thoughts on what we should have learned, what we need to be doing by remembering 9/12.