Summary: We’ve returned to the 9/10 mentality, but God wants us to go back to 9/12 and how we woke up different that day. Link inc. to formatted text, audio/video, PowerPoint.
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Yesterday was 9/11, and today is 9/12. This weekend we remembered 9/11 for the 9th time, as we should. But I believe God wants us to remember 9/12, and how we woke up different that day.
Some events in human history impact us so greatly that we will forever have engraved in our minds where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. I’ll never forget that I was sitting in my eighth grade classroom when we heard the news that the Space Shuttle Challenger had exploded on its ascent. Many here know just where they were when they heard that the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. 9 years ago yesterday my wife was watching the news when it happened…I was dropping our oldest off at pre-school when she called me…I made my way quickly home and then saw the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower. Where were you?
Every time we watch that footage we relive it. How many can feel it the same right now as we did that day? We said, "Never forget," and most of us never have. But it seems that America at large has forgotten, politicians have forgotten, but the terrorists remember it well, and continue to celebrate -- now building a monument and memorial to their ’victory’ in the form of a mosque on location, just as they have built in the past on many of their conquered sites. They celebrate to have such a friend in the White House. They rejoice at each Ramadan Dinner and each time we minimize the National Day of Prayer and take our shoes off and bow to the east for political correctness. They feel the victory again each time another establishment installs foot baths and when traffic comes to a halt in lieu of their prayers broadcast over loudspeakers. [slides of full streets, traffic blocked, each Friday for prayers from 2-4 PM] Their victory continues in America because they have achieved not only the equal status they demand, but preferred status. We need to go back to 9/12...but instead, we’re back to 9/10 in our thinking. How can we avoid another 9/11 that is looming?
Today I want to ask and attempt to answer some questions that no doubt have puzzled so many since that horrific day 9 years ago: How can this happen on our own soil, and why are we inviting them to return and do something even worse? Where were we on 9/11 and where was God on 9/11, and where were we on 9/12 and where are we today?
“Where was God on 9-11?”…
1. The same place He was when Adam rebelled in Eden – He was waiting to cover his sin. (Gen 3)
Where was God when man first raised his ugly head of defiance and rebellion? Couldn’t He have stopped it before it began? Oh, it is not a matter of whether or not He could have. It is a matter of His design for humanity and His plan of redemption. He designed us with a freedom of choice. In His sovereign foreknowledge He made provision before the world was ever created for man’s redemption; knowing full well that man would make disastrous choices from the beginning. When Adam and Eve finally “fessed-up”, He was there with a covering for their nakedness and shame; exacting the ultimate punishment on an innocent victim to cover man’s sin. But, He was there!