On September 11, 2001, I walked into the daycare of the church where I worked to drop off my son. The TV was on broadcasting a live feed of the World Trade Center with some smoke coming from it. Details were sketchy and no one knew what was going on. Rumors of a plane hitting the tower were circulated. The anchors were speculating and then it happened. Right before our eyes the second plane hit and with it the eerie speculation that something intentional and sinister was unfolding. How could this happen?
As facts began to surface, our nation had a moment of clarity. We were united in our humility, vulnerability and the realization of our need for God. Churches across the country came together for prayer and supplication. The petty disagreements and differences that we held with one another faded into the distance and we were all Americans.
Over the next few weeks, church attendance across the nation swelled. There was a sense of patriotism and national unity that quickly led to an understanding that this “One Nation Under God” needed His Divine protection. This was not viewed as an offensive thing, but rather quite reasonable.
We shed tears at the playing of the National Anthem… we displayed our nation’s flag proudly in our businesses and homes and stood with hands over our hearts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
18 years later I fear we have forgotten…
Deut 4:7-14 7 For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? 8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?
9 "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children— 10 how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, 'Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.' 11 And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while the mountain burned with fire to the heart of heaven, wrapped in darkness, cloud, and gloom. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13 And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments, and he wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 And the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and rules, that you might do them in the land that you are going over to possess. ESV
I am troubled that less than two decades after nationally calling out to our God in desperation that we as a society now seem intent on removing the Almighty’s input from our culture. As I have rehearsed these thoughts another came to me. Personally, have I done the same thing with my Lord?
Do I continue to worship and pursue God today as passionately as I did in times of crisis? Do I serve Him to the degree I pledged to when His deliverance was manifested?
I hope we can take a few moments to remember the goodness and faithfulness of our God and daily follow Christ in a way worthy.
Remember, lest you forget…
Loving you all,