Summary: This sermon would be useful to preach cose to the anniversary of the 9-1-1 terrorist attack on America.
A TOWER THAT WILL NOT FALL!
1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish
Today's Bible text tells about a tower that fell.
There are all sorts of towers in the world.
We see towers that hold up high voltage wires;
towers from which forest rangers observe the woods for fire;
towers from which air traffic controllers
guide the flight of millions of aircraft.
There is the Eiffel Tower in France
and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
Today's sermon is about security.
Twelve years ago today,
most Americans believed they were safe and secure.
A few days later, we didn't feel quite so secure!
We are all familiar with the Twin Towers
which stood in New York until terrorists brought them down.
A total of 2,277 Americans died in that catastrophe.
And there is the tower of Siloam that catastrophically fell
and resulted in 18 deaths.
But let's consider towers today:
POINT #1. TOWERS ARE BUILT FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY.
The Jews wanted security from their enemies,
so they built towers on walls and in vineyards and in plains.
Towers were erected as vantage points for defense from attackers.
A tower provided a good view and early warning.
We all want to be safe, secure, protected,
and sheltered from danger, pain, misery and death.
If we can avoid trouble, we ought to.
But trouble is sure to come anyway!
We, too, may seek towers for security:
We think we will be safe and secure if we have these towers:
We may seek the tower of favorable circumstances:
We say to ourselves, "If I can just create a happy and comfortable life, I'll be secure."
But, if our circumstances are miserable or our experiences are bad,
our security is weak.
We may seek the tower of positive emotions:
We say to ourselves. "If I feel saved, I'm saved; if I feel forgiven, I'm forgiven; if I feel secure, I'm secure!"
Yet, if we feel emotionally down or far from God,
our sense of security dies.
We may seek the tower of position:
People say, "If I am prominent and well established in society, I am secure."
But if we are overlooked and passed by,
our security is wrecked.
We may seek the tower of possessions.
Like the rich man in Luke's Gospel
we may feel that our possessions assure us
of long and good and secure living.
Jesus says, however, ""Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses,
We may seek the tower of performance or achievement:
Some people say, "If I do good and don't make mistakes, I'll be accepted and even God will approve of me!"
However, if we fall short or don't succeed,
our security falls, too.
Geraldine McKinsey wanted a tower of security.
She rented an apartment on the 5th floor.
She installed 5 dead bolt locks, 3 chains
and put a brace between the knob and the floor.
All in a quest for safety and security.
Geraldine had a heart attack and called 9-11.
Nobody could enter her tower of security and she died helpless.
That which was supposed to provide safety,
contributed to her death.
POINT #2. SOMETIMES TOWERS FALL.
The twin towers in New York City fell
when a group of anti-Christian Muslims
slammed airplanes into them.
The tower in Siloam fell.
Perhaps it fell because of poor workmanship,
or substandard materials, or sabotage,
or it was built on a poor foundation,
or there might have been an earthquake.
Jesus doesn't tell us why it fell.
For whatever reason, it fell.
Sometimes our towers fall.
Our security fails us.
Whatever we were trusting
didn't hold up
and we were caught in the collapse.
On September 11, 2001, there were some towers that fell
when the World Trade Center towers collapsed:
The tower of national pride in our invincibility and security
as a nation.
The tower of complacency that things will always go on as normal.
The tower of false sense of ultimate control of our destiny.
The tower of the false notion that we will always have another day
in which to do what we need to do.