Monday, September 12, 2011

10 Years later - Have we learned anything?

Yesterday, September 11, 2011 marked the 10th Anniversary of one of the most brutal attacks on American soil in many years. Nineteen Islamic Terrorist took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans in the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 9, 2001. My question has been and still remains, What have we learned? Tragedy in our lives is inevitable, meaning at some time across the span of our life, there is the potential for tragedy to strike, and strike it did on that horrific day in 2001. Thousands of families were affected in just a few short hours. The hurt still continues, though some, maybe many have found closure to their hurt, their grief, and their deep rooted pain. But, what have we learned?

According to the list of invitees to New York City's Ten Year Anniversary Memorial Services, we have learned nothing. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to keep religion, and people of faith from speaking at the memorial service. No prayer would be prayed, and no scripture would be read, and to top it off, the brave men and women that responded first to save lives when the towers had fallen were not even invited, God have Mercy on us!

The Bible has a lot of history recorded within it's context. Much of it has been recorded and preserved for centuries for our example, our benefit, and for our learning. Unfortunately, we consider it very little in the decisions we make in our everyday lives. Credible statistics reveal a nightmarish fact that states the majority of individuals that call themselves Christian have no real, consistent relationship with the Word of God.

John 1:1,14 NASB"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." 

We have failed to put God first in our lives, a fact so clear just simply looking at the invitee list of yesterday's memorial services, not even looking at the moral decay of our country and world. With the greatest tragedy in years being remembered, we have failed to acknowledge God who is the Answer for everything in life. I encourage you to develop a relationship with the Lord through faith, by reading His Word and prayer. John 1:14 describes the Lord Jesus Christ as the Word who became flesh. It is my belief no one can have a relationship with Christ, or at the very least maintain that relationship without reading and allowing the Word to abide in your heart. King David said he would hide the Word in his heart, that he would not sin against God.

We are living in sifting tides, there is a definite change of season in our world, one I have never felt in my life. I compel you by the grace of God to seek the Lord, and if you do the Bible says you will find Him. I pray you'll do so starting today!