Monday, September 10, 2012

Let Us Not Forget

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana

Proverbs 4:5 (KJV) Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Those of us who were alive in the U.S. that day will remember exactly where they were when we learned of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  It was a day that changed history.  What does it teach us?

Those two verses are important.  Perhaps we could have learned, both intellectually and spiritually, from the past.  Things that may or may not have changed that day in history..  But there are more important things we need to remember.

James 1:27 (KJV)  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
There were about 3,000 deaths from that incident.  Lives cut short because of religious fanaticism.  Some made it to our Father’s side.  others lost another opportunity to have that happen for them.  But there are is something more we need to remember.  The families and friends of the victims.  Because they’re still alive to relive their part of the trauma.  They still need our comforting and our prayers.  Prayers for comfort and prayers for their salvation and discipleship.

We also need to remember the first responders – the police, the firemen, the EMTs and medics.  Many went into very dangerous situations with the intent to try to save victims of the disaster.  Like our Savior did on the cross, for our spiritual salvation.  Very often, the first responders knew it was possible they themselves might not come out alive.  And some didn’t make it out.  Others did.  And some of those are still suffering the aftereffects.  We ought to be comforting and praying for them and their families, too.

I originally had much more written and deleted it.  Because this isn’t a day for “great spiritual insights”.  It isn't a day of great words. It’s a day to be one with the heart and thoughts of our God – loving people. 

There are some who will never get to know our God.  That’s just the way it is.  But they still deserve the same comfort as those who will get to know Him personally.  Maybe more so, because they’ll never have anything more.  Others will be open to meeting God on a personal level.  For them, we need to be there to give them that opportunity.  Otherwise there’s no guarantee that they’ll have another chance to become one of God’s people.

The events of 9/11/2001 remind us that there’s a very simple focus to keep things in perspective.  Love God, love people, keep those in that order, and things will work out as they should.  Simple.  And the more of us who do exactly that, the more things will line up and God's peace will take over.

John 14:27 (KJV)  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

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