Never Forget ~ blog
Probably every person who writes for a living will be writing about what happened 18 years ago on the 11th of September. I am joining forces with my own two cents because it has been and continues to be a traumatic event for many people as well as there is a very important idea that this day raises unlike any other.
I remember exactly where I was when I first heard the news. I was leading my pastoral staff meeting at church and suddenly the office manager came in the door pulling one of our televisions on a cart and just said; “You have to see this!”
It was somewhere after the first plane had hit but before the second arrived to add to the demolition of the Twin Towers. After watching for a while, I decided to send everyone home for the day so we could follow this story and how it would unfold. I believe I sat glued to the news screen for the next 8 hours barely being able to comprehend how and why this happened.
Just some facts I believe we should remember as we recall this day. 2,753 people were killed in the attacks in New York. 343 firefighters and paramedics were killed. 24 NYPD officers died. 1402 employees died in Tower One and 614 in Tower Two. Only 291 families had their loved one’s remains found intact while 1717 families got no remains of their loved ones. Lastly an estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder – 422,000. These and other numbers found at;
Why did this happen is easy to answer. It happened because we have enemies in the world who hate us. Much of that has to do with suffering some of them have endured as the result of our US military actions in the Middle East and our alliance with Israel. Some of it comes from what they believe is taught in the Koran and that is if someone does not convert to Islam they should die. Add to that the twisted idea that if you are killed in this battle you will to go Paradise and have your own harem of virgins.
Now, we must remember that not all Muslims are terrorists. Most are people practicing their religion fervently and want peace and security just like we do. However, those who are real terrorists have no problem killing innocent women and children and believing it is an act of Allah. Something Allah wants and therefore no matter how horrible these acts might be they are an acceptable way of dealing with us … the infidels.
How this happened is a much more difficult question to answer. It obviously was an extreme and well thought through mission. It involved 4 planes hijacked and all four of them becoming missiles of mass destruction. It happened because we underestimated how intelligent and demonic are the minds of our enemies. They might look like a group of homeless vagrants who broke into an automatic weapon storeroom … but they are not. They are prepared to fight to the death.
However, regardless of the judgements we make based on the way they look, they are deeply committed to terrorism, believe they are in the fight of their lives and are ready to fight till their dying breath. They have an unquenchable thirst for blood and want to cause as much damage as they can … even if it costs them their lives, as it often does.
The key lesson we need to remember as a result of 9/11 is we ourselves are in a war. Our enemy used to be known as the angel of light but now he is the prince of darkness. He is a liar and a deceiver who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he will devour next.
And the most effective weapon he has in his arsenal is porn and sexual addiction. He has captured many of us when we were too young to understand the value of personal purity. We found our testosterone pumping through our veins and no matter what we were looking at we always wanted to come back for more.
Whether you want to realize it or not we face a battle on three fronts every day. We have an internal enemy called our flesh/sin nature. It dwells within us and will be there till we die. It is not getting saved or sanctified as we grow older. It is the place where our evil desires come from.
Secondly, we are in a war with demonic forces. Paul writes in Ephesians 6;
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
And if you think al-Qaeda is bad they are nothing compared to the demons under satan’s rule. Recovery from sexual brokenness will require that you understand this battle and our enemies and what God has given to us to endure.
Lastly, we live behind enemy lines. We are in a fallen world that is anti-Christian. Whatever it can do to destroy our lives it will do. It makes headway into our minds and moves one millimeter a day.
I urge you, my brothers and sisters. Learn how to be filled with and walk in the Spirit and wearing the full armor of God every day, so that you at least have a chance of moving forward in your freedom.