Friday morning (09/11/2020) marks the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in NYC and on our nation. That was a morning that no American who witnessed the attack will ever forget. For me, as the Administrator of our school, we turned on the classroom TV and watched in horror as the towers crumbled.
Yes, I remember breaking down in tears as I thought about the thousands of souls that were plunging into Eternity at that moment. I wondered, “Do they know Christ?”
Yes, it was on that day that our nation was attacked by a group of adherents to Islam. They had been selected and trained by handlers in the Middle East. They had been recruited to be suicide bombers. They had slipped into our country without any warnings being raised by authorities.
That morning, they carried out their pre-conceived plans in systematic fashion. Their attack was costly! Over 3,000 American lives were lost that day. The images shown on media all around the world that day are etched upon the eyes of my memory. We recall the horror and disbelief as we saw some of those who were trapped in the upper floors of the towers cast themselves out the windows to their certain death below. They had chosen to suddenly end their lives rather than be burned alive from the intense heat and fires that would ultimately bring down both towers.
Our nation stood together in united resolve to pursue and apprehend the mastermind behind these horrific attacks. We stood together with solemn resolve as we committed ourselves to “Never Forget.” None of our minds could imagine ever forgetting what we had witnessed that day. Our very way of life had come under attack.
Yet, nineteen years later, it is apparent that our nation has forgot. The two decades since 9/11 have seen a great paradigm shift in our culture and nation. The freedoms, liberties and rights that our nation has long embraced are now under attack. We have forgot that 9/11 was a direct attack on those ideas on which this great nation was founded.
We now have rioters and looters who are “protesting” the very ideas that were so viciously attacked on 9/11. Yet, a stark difference is now seen. Whereas 9/11 was a coordinated attack on the American way of life, what we have now is a perpetual siege against the American way of life. We have young people, who were not even alive on 9/11, protesting the very ideas on which our nation was founded over 240 years ago. The protesters know nothing of the sacrifice of blood, possessions and lives that undergird this great nation’s founding. They know nothing of the horror that Americans felt on 9/11 as several thousand souls perished that day, and many more since then because of 9/11 related injuries and illnesses. Our educational system has woefully failed our young people. They have been taught a modified progressive history that bears no similarity to the reality of what has happened. They have been indoctrinated to believe what the terrorists themselves believed, and that is…America is a bad and bigoted nation that needs to be drastically changed from what it is.
Yes, we have forgotten! Man’s history is replete with the fact that our memory is short and unreliable.
My prayer to God for our nation is that we may wake up to reality before it is too late. I long to be able to hand my children and grandchild a legacy of the America I once knew. A land of freedom and opportunity for those who are willing to seize the moment and pursue their dreams through work and commitment. I long for them to have a nation were evil is repelled and the Constitution is firmly upheld. I long for them to have a nation where they are free to worship God and live the biblical Christian life without fear of reprisal. Yet, it appears that our forgetfulness is plunging our once great nation into the pit of moral depravity and despair where all that we have known will be forever forgotten.
However, I will not despair because I will not forget. I will not forget what radical terrorists did to our nation 19 years ago. Neither will I forget what Christ Jesus did for me when He saved me 58 years ago. I will not forget that my God is still alive and ruling in the affairs of men. His purpose and plan will never be threatened or thwarted by the evil designs of man. His Word is true and His will is perfect.
So, on this 19th anniversary of 9/11, let those of us who love our nation and its founding principles commit ourselves to prayer for a time of national repentance for our wicked ways. Let us commit ourselves to faithfully sharing the hope of the gospel with the unredeemed all around us. AND…Let us commit ourselves to voting on November 3. May we do all that we can do to stop the hostile takeover of our nation by those who identify more with the 9/11 terrorists than freedom loving patriotic Americans!