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9/11 - What to Remember - 20 Years Later

Remember. Never forget. These are words and phrases we hear every September ever since the year 2001. Since I am an inquisitive guy, I often find myself asking the questions, “What am I to remember? Never forget what?”

With today being the 20th anniversary of those horrific terrorist attacks that took place on American soil on September 11th, many of us remember back to that fateful day. Rightly so, I might add.

So, what should we remember?

  • Should we remember the multitude of lives lost, and the families that were forever affected by the wicked acts that took place that day? Yes.

  • Should we remember the grief that we endured as a nation? Yes.

  • Should we remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in an attempt to save others? Yes.

  • Should we remember there are evil people in this world, who are intent on inflicting terror upon others? Yes.

  • Should we remember how galvanized America was in patriotic unity during the days and weeks that followed? Yes.

  • Should we remember to maintain a vigilant posture as we still live in a world that has the potential for future evil acts? Yes.

Certainly, these are all good things for us to remember and not forget. However, often tied to these phrases of “remember” and “never forget”, is the word “hope”. Again, I must ask, “Hope in what? Where is this hope found?”

  • Is our hope found in that a sinful humanity might turn over a new leaf and start living in peace with one another?

  • Is our hope found in the strength of Americans, that we might have the steadfast resolve to endure because we live in this great nation?

  • Is our hope found in that if we are vigilant enough, we can thwart future attacks?

Where is our hope found?

Some of these various “hopes” have the potential to bring a measure of comfort and encouragement as we continue to live in an extremely volatile world. But is there a more sure hope? How about an ultimate hope?

To answer that question, please allow me to quote Josh Wester. Mr. Wester serves as the Chair of Research in Christian Ethics at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He speaks about this “hope”, and he articulates it much better than I could, so here’s what he wrote:

On the evening of September 11, 2001, after evacuating earlier in the day, members of Congress came together on the East Front steps of the Capitol to sing “God Bless America”. There is a reason so many found comfort in a song about God’s favor and protection. And that reason is hope—the kind of hope that is found only in God. In his famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” the monk-turned-reformer, Martin Luther, spoke of the hope that stands against the forces of darkness in this world: “And though this world with devils filled, shall threaten to undo us. We will not fear for God hath willed, his truth to triumph through us.”

September 11th was an awful day in the history of the United States. With unparalleled devastation, it revealed the ugliness of sin and the very worst of its effects. And despite whatever good may come from it, Americans today are still haunted by its memory. Yet, among those memories of fear and loss and pain, is also a reminder of hope. And Christians bear the burden of reminding the world that hope has a name: Jesus.

For more about Jesus and how He is THE hope in the midst of certain suffering in a very uncertain world, please visit these previous blog posts at BringingTRUTH.com:

7 Truths to Remember When You're Suffering


Suffering and Sovereignty

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