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By   •   September 7, 2011

Q:

Do you think our nation really learned anything from the attacks 10 years ago on 9/11? I thought then that they might make us turn to God, but I wonder now if we've slipped back into our old ways and decided we can get along without Him.


A:

Generations from now, our nation will still recall the horror and sadness of that day, and I pray its lessons will never be lost on us. And certainly one of its lessons is that we need to turn to God in repentance and faith, and find our security and hope in Him.

You are right: The tragedy on 9/11 caused many people to stop and realize their need of God. Men and women unashamedly wept over what had taken place, and perhaps for the first time in their lives they faced their spiritual emptiness, and sensed that only God could give us hope for the future. In the face of an evil foe, our nation sought comfort in prayer, and in the promises of God’s Word. The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

Have we forgotten our need for God’s protection and strength? Have we turned once again to our own wisdom and resources, instead of trusting God’s wisdom and guidance? I have no doubt that many found a lasting faith during those days — but I also fear that as a whole our nation has turned away from God and gone back to “business as usual.”

Pray for our nation and its leaders as we remember the sacrifice of so many on that sad day 10 years ago. And pray too that Christ may be the foundation of your life, no matter what the future holds.

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3 Comments

  1. Howard says:

    The events of ten years ago forced western governments to take a lot of actions that might otherwise not have been needed in terms of commitment to heavy defense spending. President Bush certainly pushed hard for a vigorous response to what happened. I think we should be thankful that further attacks were forestalled, and of course it is always the Lord, rather than any earthly authority, that we should thank for every deliverance from evil.

  2. Mary says:

    I had felt that an appropriate response after 9/11 would have been to go into Sudan (which had been suffering for so so long) and just love them in so many tangible ways. I didn't like how the US attitude was, “Let's get 'em, folks.” Instead, I think if we had found a way to respond in love, even if it was unrelated, then the world would have joined with us when they saw our love instead of war that destroyed so many of the Afghan citizens as well. I don't know the numbers of their people who were killed. It would have been a good time to show and share the love of Christ, or at best, a compassionate nation.

  3. Kevin says:

    Out nation is not the nation our forefathers had or even envisioned. The further was advance as a nation I fear we are leaving God out of our country. This is an are we need to depend on God's guidance and we depend our our own. II Chron. 7:14 is needed more now then ever in our past. Our nation needs to return to a loving God and He will heal our land.