Oh Dearest Friends,
I am struggling this week with how to treat the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Undoubtedly, flags will flutter at half-mast, comic strips will cease to strike at funny bones, somber expressions will roll across faces with the simple word, “remember.” And it’s not that I don’t remember, but I wonder if we don’t begin to trivialize the day’s significance with our dramatic television and radio replays. Does it seem to you that each year, each public medium tries to surpass what they did last year, or trump the emotional display put on by another venue?
So, this week I am not going to draw concentric circles around 9/11, deepening sadness and calling for patriotism. September 11 was sad and Americans should be the most patriotic people on earth. But the day is past, we have a future to pursue and an obligation to tell everyone about Jesus.
That brings me to a compelling article written by John Piper. If you have ever entertained the idea or the question: Where was God on 9/11, then you MUST read this article.