I remember the morning of September 11, 2001. The wife of one of my colleagues called to the office where we were working, and told him to turn on the TV. She didn't tell him what was going on. So we went to the break room, and turned on the TV. At that time, the World Trade Center towers had already been hit. As we looked at the total madness surrounding the burning buildings, it was obvious that something terrible had happened. When the reporter recounted the unthinkable, we looked at the TV screen in shock. None of us said anything to anybody else in the room for a few minutes. That horrible event would forever change the climate in America. Since that time, we have been at war the Islamic extremists, mainly in Afghanistan and Iraq, while trying to foster better relationships with the general population of the Muslim community at home and abroad. But the tension is a high as ever, as indicated by the amount of news coverage of the Mosque that is planned to be built near Ground Zero, and the madness surrounding Pastor Terry Jones' threat to have a Quran burning this very anniversary date. Moreover, the ideology that drives Islamic extremists is such that the ugliness of terrorism is here to stay. But as Christians, we are not to cower in a cave or hole somewhere. We must continue to be about our Father's business. He knew beforehand that we would be living in a world just like the one we are in. And we are called to make a relevant difference that only we can. Here are several things that we should be doing as the people of God in this post-9/11 era: 1. We should pray for our leaders: That is, "For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life... "Â€ (1 Timothy 2:2, KJV). Our political leaders are faced with unimaginable challenges. These tests are financial, physical, spiritual, etc. Some of these leaders do not even believe in God. But when the people of God pray, He hears and answers our prayers. He has the power to effect awesome changes in the political arena. In the end, our prayers will cause us to realize a greater measure of peace in our country. 2. We must labor to keep God on America's conscience. Because of our country's openness to every imaginable lifestyle and religion, and in our efforts to be accommodating to them all, we run the risk of become an amoral nation. In the name of separation of church and state, many of our political leaders would rather us not mention God and the Bible when debating social issues. But the Bible says that God will turn into hell "all the nations that forget God"Â€ (Psalm 9:17). 3. We must continue to carry out the Great Commission. Jesus said that as we go about to teach and disciple the nations, "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20, NIV). As we go about carrying out this mandate, Christ is with us. We are laborers together with Him. He supplies the power and all the wherewithal for us to get the job done. He is ready, willing, and able to save the most hardened terrorist. Yes, the face of America has changed since September 11, 2001. But man's greatest need is still to know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's where we come in. Let us not lose heart or focus. Frank King
Brother Frank, amen and amen. Too many times we lose focus when we remember the tragedy and the pains of sufferings of so many in this horrific event. This event brought so much changes and transformations to the nation of USA, to the world too at large.
Yet we must remember to continue to defend not only the nation, but also to defend our belief and our faith in our country, in our homes and everywhere. As we see evil growing and increasing, we can only know that our Lord is coming back very soon. These happenings were but some of the signs of the evil around us.
What the more we should increase the spreading of the Gospel and increase our prayers for ourselves and for the nation.
May the Lord heal all hearts and all families who had lost someone in this tragedy and even in many tragedies around the world. May they also be comforted by the saving knowledge of our Lord and be ready for His Return.[img]http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Holidays_and_Party/balloons-022.gif[/img]
Thanks for sharing
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Frank I enjoyed your blog. To go along with the three points, I believe a thorough reading of the Epistles of 1st and 2nd John, will show us the definite signs of the spirit of the anti-christ. They who deny the Son, Jesus Christ. We live a quiet, submissive life in Jesus Christ our Lord, but let us also be aware of this spirit, it is here, and out to take over the world. Perilous times. God Bless all in Jesus Christ the LORD. Billy
seek the truth and the truth will set you free