Friday, September 11, 2009

Remember



Why are images like the one above absent from our newscasts? Why do we no longer see the towers fall? Must we be so politically correct that we can no longer remember?

Our enemies live on. There are those who pray for the death of the enemies of America. My church has "enemies of America" on our Wednesday night prayer list. We don't pray for vengeance; we pray that God would draw those who hate Him and hate us to Himself and redeem them from the evil one.

As an individual, (and as the church) we are called to love our enemies (Luke 6:27) and to pray for those who mistreat us (vs 28). To that end I hope I am being found faithful. As a secular nation, however, we are allowed to protect ourselves and to punish those who would seek to harm us. That is a very difficult fine line to follow as a believer and as an American. (When faced with this conflict, always choose Christ above country!)

We, as a nation, must not hate others. But, we must not also be misled by those who continually claim that Islam is a peace loving religion. It simply is not. Much ado has been made about the verses of the Koran that tout peace. The verses of the Koran that incite murder have been curiously and conveniently forgotten. Most Americans have not read the Koran. I understand why. If you are interested, you can find the English version here.

I have lived in three Muslim nations. One tribe that I lived among was so oppressed by Islam that they did not sing. An African tribe that does not sing! Who could have imagined!?! I know Muslims personally. I have employed many Muslims to work in my home and take care of my children. I still miss their presence in the life of my family. I am not finding faults with individuals; that would be ludicrous! I do find fault with a religion that does not speak of God in terms of love and forgiveness. I do find fault with a religion that denies the deity of Jesus Christ. I do find fault with a religion that promotes murder in order to gain favor with a god.

All of this to say: Remember, it was fanatical Muslims that murdered 2700 people 8 years ago today. Don't hate them; pray for their salvation.

3 comments:

The Prophet said...
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Monk-in-Training said...

I see memorials to the day all around me, I am not sure what you mean when you say "we can no longer remember".

However you are very correct, as tough as it is, and it IS TOUGH, Jesus called us to a higher way of praying for thouse who are our enemies and mistreat us. I am very glad to see that you do this.

I haven't seen praying for our enemies very often in Churches around here.

In His good time, may we all stand reconciled before His Son, Jesus Christ.

Rick said...

Prophet, I have asked you politely in the past to NOT re-post your blog posts as comments on my post. It has been deleted for this reason.

Monk,
I think what I was trying to get at is that the media seems to be trying to "smooth over" the day. While we don't need to see images of the towers falling every day, or the planes smashing into them, I have noticed that there is a "sterilization" of images from 9/11 in the past couple of years. It is almost as if they are ignoring the event, except as a commemoration... (at least that is my take on it)