This Sunday is the Remembrance of the 9-11 attack on America.
Over 3000 people lost their lives. Families were torn apart. A tremendous amount of property damage occurred by the crashing of airplanes, by the destruction of buildings. Immeasurable fear overcame Americans. Professional responders were either injured or themselves killed. Years later the early responders suffered health conditions and death as a result of their rescue efforts. A radical group of Muslims initiated the American response in war that lasted decades. A massive legislation created significant, expensive ways to detect other maniacs intent on killing innocent people. New professional positions were put in place to deal with any potential future terrorist efforts. Confusion persisted within the general population. Suspicion and racial prejudice escalated to new heights.
All of these things that are listed are definitely true as components of the 9/11 tragedy. However, there is a real tragedy that is the backdrop for every single point made about 9/11.
You ask what could be worse than what I have already listed. The horror of that day has no equal in American history.
There is a common denominator for that day with all its pain, death, loss, and tears. One thing stands out before, during, and after. You may call me a religious nut, but I believe I am telling you the truth. Without that one common denominator, none of those revolting and disgusting things would have happened.
Buried deep in the makeup of all the spiritual context of those wicked men is the corruption that occurred on their souls by sin. They are the epitome of badness. Try to explain it away by differences in culture or politics, but that explanation is quite insufficient. Nothing can fully explain what happened other than their surrender to devilish thinking.
This is the best example for how awful it is when sin has its way in people’s lives. Nonetheless, we all have sin eating on our spiritual bones. It is an acidic cancer gnawing away at all our good intentions. The best of us still has this disease in our souls.
The killers were radical jihadists who contended their religion compelled them to take as many lives as possible. In contrast, the teachings of Jesus Christ are quite the opposite. Read his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters five through seven. He spoke of justice and love and fair treatment of other people. Salvation through Christ is the only answer to sin. Unfortunately, many of the worst of us and the best of us have yet to seek God’s answer.