Eleven years ago this morning, the United States and the world witnessed terrorism on our own shores on a scale once thought unheard of. Today of course we know there are people who will go to extraordinary lengths to cause Americans harm. Eleven years ago, my wife and I had not yet been blessed with our daughter and my son was only a few months old. I was a new parent and the events of this day frightened me, angered me, and yet drew me closer to my Lord, my wife, and my fellow Americans in a way that the terrorists likely could not have understood. And for a short time, much of the world mourned with America as we came to terms with our loss.
For their entire lives, my children have understood that boarding a commercial flight involved suffering indignities Americans never would have tolerated September 10, 2001; indignities that have almost become commonplace in the media today. Unlike my generation who used to practice duck and cover drills in case of a nuclear attack, my children are growing up in the information age with the understanding that people groups in other parts of the world hate them. They do not understand why. Sometimes I don’t either!
With the anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 once again on the minds of Americans, perhaps a small measure of the unity we experienced in the days and weeks that followed might return. Today our politics are divisive and overrun with vitriolic rhetoric that begs for unity and some old fashioned common sense. Perhaps I am getting older and simply longing for a simpler time. Maybe I do long for a simpler time but I think that view oversimplifies how so many of us feel this day.
In this political season, some will attempt to politicize this day for electoral gain. I pray that as we remember the victims of these terrorist acts, we will reject those attempts, if only for the day, and remember that we are all Americans. It does not matter if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, and any other political label you may choose. These terrorists hate us all for simply being Americans.
9/11/2011. Never forget!
Christopher is a recent graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary of Liberty University where he earned the Master of Religious Education. He also holds MBA Finance and BS Management degrees. A former resident of Powder Springs, Christopher and his family now reside in Woodstock. Having enthusiastically embraced social media in 2007, he blogs regularly at www.chris-sanchez.com and is very active on both Facebook and Twitter.