As horrific and terrifying as attack on September 11, 2001 was, it’s long term effects pale in comparison to the events that unfolded one year ago on September 15, 2008. No, there were not any airplanes flying into buildings, but there was an explosion which was heard around the world and the world is still reeling from the repercussions.
On this date just one year ago, Lehman Brothers suddenly declared bankruptcy. At the time, the response from most people was "so what". One year later that response has been replaced with "how did we survive". What started as one huge financial institution going under quickly spread to the entire banking industry. By early October of 2008, emergency meeting were being held and Congress was more or less forced into approving a bank bailout measure that added hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation’s debt.
I do not in any way want to diminish the Twin Towers tragedy for it was a true terrorist attack that killed thousands and sent the country into an immediate recession. But, the events that took place one year ago are still terrorizing individuals and families to this day. As the financial system more or less teetered on collapse, millions of people’s life savings and retirement accounts evaporated as the Stock Market dropped daily and people’s paper net worth vanished overnight.
Most of us know all too well the impact the events of a year ago had on our lives. Many lost their "nest egg" they had worked for years to build. Many lost their jobs and many more have lost their homes. The crisis that started a year ago has impacted everyone, Christian and non-Christian alike. Churches have shut down due to lack of donations, charities have shut down due to lack of contributions and thousands upon thousands of small businesses have gone bankrupt.
Even now, city and state governments struggle to find the funds to keep going. School districts can’t find the money to pay teachers so they lay off many of them resulting in ever growing class sizes. All the while, we are told all is well and getting better. All the while, the headlines seek to downplay the impact the last year has had on normal people’s lives.
Although September 15th will never live in infamy the way September 11th does, the impact this date has had and continues to have is every bit as devastating as that of the terrorist attacks 8 years ago. The main difference is that once the shock wore off from the events of September 11th, life was able to go on and the country quickly rebounded economically. There has been no such rebound from September 15th, 2008.
Even as I write this the world financial markets are in turmoil as the trade war between the United States and China increases. It doesn’t take much to spook people who buy and sell for a living. No one knows what lies ahead economically (except God of course), but one thing is for certain; no matter how good or bad things get, they all go back to the historic events that took place one year ago today.
One last footnote to history; at the same time Lehman was declaring bankruptcy, the Houston/Galveston area was being destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Few, if any people paid any attention to the hurricane due to the overwhelming news coming out of New York and Washington. Few, if any people to this day remember there ever was a hurricane a year ago that was only slightly less devastating than Hurricane Katrina. Amazing, simply amazing.
Fear has gripped many lives in this uncertainty. If you have been gripped by fear and it seems to be overwhelming, Jesus can still that fear that has stormed into your life.
Believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to this earth as Savior of the world.
Believe that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for your sins.
Don't stop there! Believe and be baptized to symbolize the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and your new life in Him.
Above all, believe that Jesus rose from the dead and is coming again.
I don't know when, but it could be sooner than we ever imagined!
This further reminds me that there is only one thing we can depend on and that is God! I'm on the prayer team at my church and nowadays it seems like there is always someone in financial crisis, lost their job or is losing their home.
Last year our senior pastor reminded us that this did NOT take God by surprise! God does NOT scramble for Plan B nor wring his hands in anxiety wondering how many angels He needs to layoff or how many blessings to cut back on. Ironically, in this time of crisis, giving INCREASED by 15% and we were able to expand support for a ministry in Russia as well as an inner-city ministry. This is just a small example of what happens when people are willing to place their trust in God rather than in the things of this world.
May we learn to trust Him more each day and be a witness to others of the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Paul's prophesy in 2 Timothy 3:1-9 continues to be fulfilled more and more everyday. Verse 2 speaks of people being "lovers of money," which is at the heart of virtually all evil in the world in one way or the other. The return of Jesus has never been a matter of whether, but of when. And the time seems nearer and nearer as the newspaper headline and TV news lead stories verify and validate. But praise the Lord, He is neither surprised nor dismayed by any of it. Amen??? Amen!!! YBIC--Ron