Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Don't Forget 9/11

Where were you when…? That’s usually a question people ask when you’ve lived through a shared national experience you couldn’t possibly ever forget. And some things you don’t want to forget. A moon landing. A wall coming down in Berlin. Even a super bowl victory. Some things though we might wish we could forget. Pearl Harbor. A presidential assassination. 9/11.  

For my generation there has been no event like 9/11, a day that changed our country’s very way of life and how we see the world. It’s a day so seared into our national memory that we need only those three numbers, 9-1-1, to bring it to mind—even though in many ways it’s a day we’d like to forget.

Yet it’s a day we must not forget. We must remember the victims. We must remember the heroes. To remember them is to honor and value them.

Yet we must also remember the terrorists who took down the Twin Towers in the name of their god. They believed those of us who disagreed with them are infidels. They believed by killing themselves and many others they would gain automatic entrance into eternal paradise.

What should our attitude be towards them as we remember what they did? What should our attitude be towards those who say that we are no different? Who say that Christianity is just as exclusive? Who say that religion is the problem? How do we remember a day that’s changed how our world thinks about God?

On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, we’re having a special Day of Remembrance service at Victory of the Lamb. We’re going to pray. We’re going to sing. We’re going to seek God. And we’re going to find how Jesus is a hero he has sent for all. His all-inclusive love is the message that can heal people’s hate filled hearts. His peace is what our world needs. Through songs, screen, and sermon I promise you it’s a service you don’t want to miss. It’s a message you want to hear. Invite your friends. If you’ve never come to a service at Victory before, this would be a great time to start. All are welcome. Showtime Cinema. 9:30 am. 9/11.

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