I sat all day, fighting today’s post. Having said that, it is one that desperately needs to be heard and one I truly believe God wants His people to hear. With the anniversary of 9/11 upon us, there is so much turmoil among this nation. With the fight to build a mosque at the site of the Twin Towers, to the Pastor in Florida threatening to burn the Quran, we are Christians and a nation divided.
The events 9 years ago, brought this nation to its knees. What we witnessed and the men and women we lost, will not soon be forgotten. The sick, disgusting acts of terrorism had us all raging with anger and wanting revenge, including me. I can tell you, each year that goes by, it does not soften those feelings in me and watching the replays on the news, brings those same feelings right back to the surface. However, God’s Word says that revenge is not ours to have.
Romans 12:18-20 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
That is a hard pill to swallow for me…. really hard. But as a believer, I must have faith in Gods Holy Word, that what it says is absolute truth, just as I have faith that it is absolute truth regarding my salvation. It is either all truth or nothing. You see, if I compromise my beliefs in that one area, then I will slowly compromise them in other areas. Gods Word is black and white, and holds in it no gray areas. God says you are either for Him or against Him, you either trust Him or you don’t. While anger may rage inside of us, we must not sin in that anger. It is okay to be upset and angry, but it is not okay to react to those feelings in revenge. There is one judge and one jury and we must hold to that, for the day of judgment is near and those responsible for those actions will face the ultimate punishment.
As for the pastor in Florida who is threatening to burn the Quran, He is dead wrong. Burning the Quran will do nothing to bring back those who lost there lives, it will do nothing to stop freedom of religion in this country, and it will do nothing to help the cause for which he stands… Christianity. Being a Christian means that we are followers of Jesus Christ. And while we as Christians don’t agree with the Quran, burning it will do nothing to show the world we are different, and better yet, it will certainly not bring those who are lost closer to Christ. Jesus Christ died for all mankind, not just a select few. His message on the Cross was the ultimate message of hope, through grace, mercy and unconditional love. We as followers, should do nothing less than to show that same reflection. How will anyone see the message of hope in these self determining actions? They won’t, it is just another way to push people further away from the Good News of Christ. While this pastor says we as Christians must stand for our faith and biblical principles, burning the Quran shows that we don’t. Our faith is build upon a loving relationship with our Lord and Savior. It is not built on acts of revenge. He calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Love is the key, love softens hearts, love draws people in, and love died on the cross in the form of Jesus Christ.
As for the Mosque being built at the sight of the terrorist attacks, I don’t agree with that. In saying that, once again, they have the freedom to do so. Protesting and showing acts of rage, does nothing to build the Kingdom of God. Love again, is the key here. While we don’t agree with it, we should still maintain our faith, in that our ways are not like His. Our humanistic stance says no way, that is a total disrespect for the people who lost their lives and for their families. But God tells us to love our enemies. Protesting in anger and rage of the careless, in your face attitude we feel they are showing, does nothing more than to bring strife and more anger. We must show love… as hard as it is to do, we must obey the Father and trust in His ways.
Finally, for our nation. Our nation was brought to its knees that sad day. Unity like I have never seen before, struck the very core of all Americans. We were brought together by tragedy, broken hearts and fear. Nine years later, you could never tell. Our nation today is more divided than I can ever remember. The people who cried out to God, have long since departed from Him and the prayers of yesterday are long gone. Those acts were a warning sign for us, and yet we go about our business as if they never even happened. Once a year, we gather in remembrance of that fateful day, but then it is gone. We are not only in a desperate need of our nation to be united, but we as Christians need to revive and stand united. We have two jobs as Christians, to love our God with all our hearts, minds, and spirits. And to love others. With the second comes sharing the Good News. We must as Christians unite and bring a revival to this land. But it starts with each one of us looking in the mirror and getting right in ourselves first. Another words, we must have a revival in our own hearts before we can ever expect a revival in this land. Nine years ago we were given a warning cry from God. It is my belief that He allowed those events to happen, to shake us to the very core, to bring us to our knees and for us to solely rely upon Him. While that took place for the first year or so after the attacks, we have once again become a selfish, oblivious nation. Don’t believe me, just take a good look around you. The very core of everything we believe is being tested. We must get up and start sharing our faith. Standing in love and compassion for our faith, because my dear friends, that is what is going to be next. Throughout the Bible, God has given warning calls and shown His wrath for the nations that turn against Him. We claim to be one nation under God, but truth be told, God is not even in the picture. We as believers, have compromised for far to long, it is time to stand once again, and cry out to God to revive our hearts, our passion, our families and our nation.