Today is the 12th anniversary of the attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001. As I reflect each year on those horrible memories and remember exactly where I was when the attacks happened, I am often overcome with emotion. I am the son of a fireman, and to watch those men go into the buildings and never return to their families is heartbreaking. To view the planes exploding into the buildings and people jumping to their death because of the smoke and heat is often too much to bear.
As we begin our day reflecting upon this dark day in American history, let us be reminded that the enemy is not the Muslim religion or terror camps. The real issue is sin in the hearts of fallen people, broken people, and confused people who are controlled by our enemy – Satan. May we be focused on the answer to these problems that transcends politics and war. The real answer is Jesus Christ who suffered on a cross (Isaiah 53), was buried in a tomb, and was raised from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). He alone can rescue – He alone can save!
While considering the fact that the gospel of Jesus Christ remains the answer to these massive problems, it brings us face-to-face with our need to be evangelistic in our lives. In all reality, we are living near people right now who are sympathetic with the terror plots and radical Islamic ideology against America. Those people need Jesus Christ and we must learn to love Christ more than our American culture. When this begins to occur – it doesn’t prevent us from being a proud American, but it will cause us to go and reach people with the saving message of Jesus Christ. Each day as we go through life, we pass people – real people – real families – real fathers and mothers – real teenagers, and these people need hope. It is our duty to introduce them to Jesus Christ.
Through the years I have watched politicians try to divorce religion from the whole discussion regarding 9-11. That’s impossible. The people who attacked us were operating from a set of beliefs – from a specific religion. Each day we interact with Atheists and others who claim to have no religious affiliation, but in all reality every person has a religion. It is our responsibility to look at life through the lens of the gospel and that will change how we pray for people, talk to people, and reach out to people with the good news of Christ.
Recently I read an article that I want to pass along regarding evangelism. It’s a fantastic article, extremely practical, and overflowing with truth and resources. The author is Jonathan Leeman and the article can be found by clicking on the title here – “Connecting Evangelism and Church.”
Jesus said, “Follow me, I will make you fishers of men.”
Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,
Pastor Josh Buice