Thursday, September 13, 2007

9/11 Anniversary

I would be remiss if I did not mention that this week marks the sixth anniversary of 9/11. There's no need to paint a word picture describing the horrors of what happened that day on September 11, 2001. The images will be forever emblazoned on our collective consciousness. Americans had long considered their country impervious to the atrocities of terrorism. To awake to a headline that screamed "Day of Evil" was unthinkable. And as I watched the twin towers of American invincibility and ingenuity crumble and collapse I could not help but pray that day six years ago that this would be a catalyst to arouse Western Christians from our luxury-induced stupor and incite us to rush to the aid of those trapped within the ruins of sin-sick souls.

As the truth of what happened on September 11th continues to set in, may it also sink in to our collective hearts that those who turn their backs on Christ's love and mercy will experience hell's irrevocable reality. The Master Himself will say to those who spurn His sacrifice "'Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.' Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

My continuing prayer is that the images of blazing fire and billowing smoke emanating from New York and Washington will arouse us as Christians from our lethargy and renew our passion to rescue the perishing from an inferno that will never be quenched. September 11, 2001 is a microcosm of what will happen to those who do not experience the transforming grace and love of Jesus Christ.

2 comments:

James Tippins said...

Hank,

It's great to have you blogging! I've been hoping you would for some time now.

I pray for you and support your work constantly.

Christ In Us,

James Tippins

The Nicky said...

Hank,

I also am deeply moved and grieved by the memories of that horrible day...I, like so many others, watched the second plane hit during live news coverage of the first crash, and reeled in shock and disbelief.

What shocks me more, though, is how so many of our political leaders have turned that day into a mere catch-phrase, a bit of jargon calculated to trigger a sympathetic response to their agenda; this is not directed at either party, but rather at anyone who would reduce a national tragedy to such triviality.

I pray often that God would raise up a leader in this country who would not be afraid to stand above such discourse; whose life clearly demonstrated an undeniable Christ-like essence; who would defend the biblical standards of liberty, justice, honor, and truth this nation was founded on, instead of rushing headlong toward the lowest common denominator in an effort to appease a populace bent on self-destruction. I pray for it, but I don't expect to ever see it.

Instead I long for the day Christ returns to set up His kingdom, for then we shall have such a Ruler as we will never have in this world.

Thanks again for all the work you and your ministry partners do, to bring the truth of God's Word to all the world. You are a blessing to us all.

In Christ,
The Nicky