11 September 2011

september 11 and the faithfulness of God

"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." (Ronald Reagan)

It was one of those moments that you will never forget where you were when you heard.  For me, I was driving up Interstate 25 to Denver Seminary to begin classes for the fall semester.  The news was of an unfortunate accident involving a plane and the World Trade Center.  About an hour later I was rushing back home with the knowledge that the attacks were very real.

The moments were uncertain and confusing, and my instinct was to get home and get in contact with my wife.  It  is quite telling that in times of crisis our reaction is towards love.  In the wake of the news there were no thoughts of animosity or messages of hate.  We were drawn to the most basic human need: love.

And September 11, 2001, is a reminder of God's faithfulness.  Of course, not everyone will see it that way at first.  But when is God supposed to show his faithfulness if not in our times of need?  Crises are inevitable in this life, especially if we believe that this world is inhabited by fallen and broken people.  But the rise of heroes who rush into danger, offering their lives as a means to save others . . . that is God's faithfulness working its way through human flesh.  Tragedy is inevitable; heroism a choice.

Embedded within the sentiment of never forgetting what happened on that fateful day is a call to be mindful of God's abiding love, whether it was found in firefighters and policemen, a group of passengers on a hijacked airplane, hundreds of medical personnel, or those families who simply chose to hold themselves closer that night.  The choice to love is a decision to move within the faithfulness of God.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." (Thomas Paine)

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