I thought long and hard about what to post yesterday. I was fully intending to put aside my 'typically don't post on Sundays' habit and write something for the anniversary of the attacks against our nation.
But I couldn't bring myself to do it.
Why? One simple question: What has changed?
Sure I could talk about what I was doing, or how I felt, or what awakened in my understanding of the world around us. I could go on for hours about what it felt like when I realized we are hated simply because we are free. I could go into detail every minute of my day: Evacuation to talking to my friend in Army Ranger School at the time, to the trouble I had sleeping that night. But the point is, it doesn't really matter.
When America awakened on 9/12, we all knew something was different. We all realized we needed to change our outlook on the world around us. We all knew that life would never be the same again. What we didn't know was that we were going to do more harm to our own country than the combined efforts of every terrorist have done.
I know I typically write about freedom, firearms, and the like. But today I'm going to temper that writing with something a little more faith-driven. I've never attempted to hide the fact that I believe the God of the Bible, who sent His Son Jesus to pay the penalty for sin, and die a substitutionary death on the cross for us. For me.
So what does that have to do with the events of the decade following this tragedy? The answer is simple: Everything.
I've learned much in the past decade, not the least of which being that those of us who have this faith have an obligation to lead people. We are to the the ones holding the standard, encouraging people to continue on when it seems there is no hope. We are the ones who are to be willing to give our lives for others, even strangers, because our eternal security is assured. We are the ones who are to bring hope to those who don't see any, and joy to those who don't know her touch.
And we are to do it, not because of anything within ourselves, or because we are better than anyone else, or because we are supposed to do it. We are to do it because greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. It's not our own power, it's not our own love, and it's not our own means.
So in the decade since that tragedy, while our rights have been being systematically stripped by an oppressive government bent on crushing the people, and we've watched loved ones giving their lives in an attempt to free others from the control of similar evil governments, we continue to stand. We are called to be salt and light to a world in need.
Are we? Are we taking those difficult stands, choosing the right path, even when our own nation seems to be turning completely against us? Are we calling evil for what it is where we find it? Are we prepared with an answer when people ask us questions, or attack us unjustly? Are we ready to defend our faith with our minds and hearts? Are we ready to reach a world in need?