A CHRISTIAN VIEW
My thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways My
ways,’ declares the Lord."(Isaiah 55:8)
glued to their television, were able to see in vivid
color the replay of the plane crash into the second tower,
inferno of thousands of gallons of fuel, and the actual disintegration
of the towering structures. Instant communication allowed
to see graphic details of the unprecedented tragedy. Scenes
of pandemonium were common, as thousands escaped the
and were joined by others who ran from the destruction in
the midst of horrified screams, choking dust and falling
Apocalyptic scenes, sometimes found in science fiction, came
to life in reality as stunned people observed the devastation,
the crushed bodies, and the maimed casualties. Thousands
people from America, India, England, Pakistan, Israel, and
dozens of other countries were lost.
At the time of these horrific events, most
were shocked, dismayed, and filled with anguish. A mistaken
sense of security gave way to a sense of vulnerability. Unfounded
trust was replaced with suspicion. Confidence fell in the
face of fear. As people learned that the evil men who were
responsible for this massive murder were actually trained
to fly in America, they had a sense of betrayal. It was as
though a hunter taught his friend how to use a shotgun, then
the friend murdered his teacher in return.
A surprising number of people immediately
thought of God as they observed the carnage and ruin in New
York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. Overcome by such
crass evil, they went to the Lord to find solace. Church services
were held throughout the week. On Sunday, religious meeting
places were crowded with members and visitors. One newspaper
(Fort Worth Star Telegram) reported: "Clutching
patriotic flags and prayer books, Americans filled churches
Sunday struggling to comprehend the terror of the week before. God Bless America mixed
with gospel music. Images of the destruction in New York
and Washington flashed on some
sanctuary walls. Ushers in one church distributed tissues
to weeping parishioners."
Another article in this
newspaper expressed it this way: "North Texans packed
houses of worship across the Metroplex on Sunday to reflect
on a week of horror, pray
for strength and declare a righteous war against evil. Sunday
services mixed patriotism with religious fervor as some
sang songs such as America the Beautiful and God
Bless America along with traditional hymns. Ministers
spoke of how the terrorist attacks had brought people back
to God and united the nation." A further newspaper report
stated, "God has brought this country to its knees.
This is not the posture of defeat. I dare say this is the
Ecumenical services were also held. The National
Cathedral in Washington, D.C., hosted a service attended by
President Bush, former presidents, and members of congress.
A Muslim cleric, a Jewish leader, a Catholic bishop, and a
Protestant clergyman took part in the diverse gathering. Other
services in other places included Catholics, Protestants,
Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and others. Irrespective of their relationship
with God, all took part in the face of this grim tragedy.
In view of such a national destruction, what
should the Christian think? Someone has remarked that if we
discern how most people in the world view a given event, the
Christian should probably view it in exactly opposite terms!
This is said in light of the fact that the vast majority
of people fail to view life, history, and reality in light
of Scripture (cf. Isaiah 55:8-9). The reason is that nearly
all are yet in the flesh and not subject to the will of God
(Romans 8:7-8); nearly all are captivated by Satan, the "god" of
this age (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; John 8:44); and nearly all
have not been transformed by the Spirit of God (2 Corinthians
3:17-18). According to this reasoning, we should view everything
in life differently than society around us.
This is true—but it is only partially true.
Even unsaved men are made in the image of God, although that
image is largely defaced (James 3:9; Eph. 4:23-24). There
is still a sense of justice in the unsaved, although that
justice is often perverted (cf. Romans 13:1-5). There is still
a sense of compassion among some in the face of human suffering,
although the example of Christ’s compassion may be overlooked
(Luke 10:30-37). We have seen these responses revealed since
this tragic destruction. Even unregenerate people have sacrificed
their time, money, and possessions to help the victims of
the disaster. They have expressed more love and concern for
their family and even strangers. They have called for justice
and punishment of those responsible for this mass murder.
They have been filled with anger over this act of aggression.
While anger can be right and good and even essential, if
against such cruelty and murder (cf. Mark 3:5), it can also
degenerate to blind hatred, racial bigotry, hypocritical
violent retaliation, and other sins.
In spite of the rightful responses associated
with this blatant act of hostility, we must admit that people
of the world (including most religious people) simply do not
view things with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; cf.
Philippians 2:5). We need to ask ourselves, therefore, how
we should view this tragedy. What does Scripture say to
us? We offer the following points for your thought at
this time of crisis and reflection.
First, God wants us to reflect on and
learn from dramatic events of destruction. It is good
that people in the United States and the world are thinking
more deeply about life since the tragedy of September 11.
God destroyed the world with a great worldwide flood and later
both Jesus and Peter refer to the event and make application
of it (Matthew 24:37-39; 2 Peter 3:5ff). The destruction of
Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was mean to teach Israel
a lesson they would never forget. Likewise, although this
tragedy is painful and the epitome of evil, yet we can learn
from it. We can receive lessons that will make our own life
more meaningful and will glorify God. Let us learn such lessons
Second, the human heart is filled with
sin. God says, "The heart is more deceitful than
all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jeremiah
17:9). Only a heart of sin and perversion could have committed
such a dreadful atrocity as the murder of thousands
of innocent people. U.S. News and World Report offers
this concise quotation: "This is pure, unadulterated
evil." According to Newsweek, Bin Laden, the
charismatic Muslim leader responsible for so much violence
the perpetrator of the present destruction, expresses in
poetry form the wickedness of his heart regarding the suicide
of the USS Cole and the murder of 17 Americans earlier this
year: "The pieces of the bodies of infidels were flying
like dust particles/If you would have seen it with your own
eyes,/You would have been very pleased/And your heart would
have been filled with joy." This same perverse
attitude was manifested in an even greater scale during the
events of this day of infamy.
But in addition to this outright sinful perversion,
we must honestly admit that all have sinned and fallen
short of God’s glory, therefore all are guilty before
God and worthy of death (Romans 1:32; 3:23; 6:23). While only
a few committed the gross sin of destruction on September
11, all unsaved people are under sin and must face the God
of judgment one day (Romans 2:4-6). In the sight of God, we
are all guilty of sin—whether it be hatred and bigotry,
lust and envy, corrupt speech and materialism, anger and
or lack of mercy and love. While we may want to distance
ourselves from the unmitigated sin of the suicide terrorists,
admit that all of us deserve to be punished by a holy God
for our own sins (Revelation 21:8).
Third, the heart may be dreadfully deceived. Again
and again in Scripture we are warned, "Do not be
deceived" (Galatians 6:7). "Let no man deceive himself"
(1 Corinthians 3:18). Satan "deceives the whole world"
(Revelation 12:9), thus all unbelievers are deceived about
their spiritual condition. However, this incident reveals
how massive deception can so cloud someone’s judgment that
he is willing to commit such an atrocious act of destruction.
Scripture says, "There is a way which seems right to
a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
It may have seemed "right" for these criminals to
commit suicide and murder, but it was "the way of death"—death
that is physical, spiritual, and eternal.
Fourth, this event reveals extensive hypocrisy
in our lives. It is right to condemn the barbarous slaughter
of 7,000 innocent people, but are we consistent in such condemnation?
While hundreds of millions of people from around the world
have unitedly condemned this mass destruction (and rightfully
so), we also see mass hypocrisy at the same time.
While perhaps 7,000 people have tragically
been slain by the terrorists, how many have openly condemned
the murder of more than 1,000,000 babies each year in the
United States, killed by cruel mothers, doctors, and nurses?
(Many more millions are killed in other countries.) How many
have spoken out against the hundreds of thousands of people
killed through tobacco use in America alone? How many have
condemned the homosexuality and fornication responsible for
the AIDS crisis that is destroying tens of millions of lives
in the world? While condemning the wicked terrorist attacks,
some countries hold their citizens in bondage and make it
a crime for them to be forgiven through Christ. The heart
definitely is deceived by such gross hypocrisy!
When tragedy like this strikes "close
to home," we tend to lose all objectivity. We rightly
condemn those who were the perpetrators or this destruction
and those who sent them, but do we also condemn wickedness
around the world? Would Americans be as incensed if 7,000
Germans, Panamanians, Indians, or Egyptians had been slain?
We tend to allow personal offense and nationalistic loyalty
to cloud our objectivity. Are we concerned about the several
million Congolese killed in the bloody war in the Congo?
we concerned about millions imprisoned and killed in Communist
China? Are we concerned about the prohibition of preaching
and conversion to Christ in many Islamic lands (even Israel
is extremely restrictive in this regard)? Are we concerned
about those who suffer from earthquakes in various parts
the world? Are Americans more important and valuable than
others? It is time that we objectively see moral and religious
evil wherever it may be found and condemn it as sin against
Fifth, certain religions hold people through
the power of deception. Much of the terrorism of the world
is committed by those in the Islamic religion. It is true
that vast numbers of more liberal Muslims would not commit
this kind of atrocity (we must keep this distinction in mind).
Probably many of the five million Islamic adherents in the
United States are of this persuasion. However, there are radical
fundamentalist Muslims who take the Koran seriously and believe
that they will be immediately ushered into Paradise and enjoy
eternal bliss with multiple wives if they commit murder in
the name of Allah and Mohammed. Since they follow a false
prophet (Mohammed) and his writings (the Koran), they
are deceived into thinking that they will be rewarded for
killing their enemies who oppose them. This warped thinking
comes as part of their religion.
We must also remember that
at the time of Mohammed (seventh century) and in the centuries
Muslims practiced a system of "expansion by conquest."
This resulted in the overthrow of whole countries—from Persia
on the east, across North Africa to the Atlantic, and as
as Spain. In the Hadith (or oral teaching), Jihad is
said to be "the best method of earning [blessings] both
spiritual and temporal. If victory is won, there is enormous
booty of a country, which cannot be equalled [sic] to any
other source of income. If there is defeat or death, there
is everything paradise" (quoted by G.J.O. Moshay, Who
is this Allah?, p. 23). These early followers of Mohammed
were deceived into thinking that this procedure was
pleasing to Allah, the god whom they followed.
We must also remember that
some Muslims are yet resentful over the wicked atrocities
committed by the
so-called "Christian" crusaders during the middle
ages. At that time, hordes of European Roman Catholics wiped
out whole Muslim settlements, raping their women and causing
devastation in the Near East. While hypocritically claming
the name of Jesus Christ, they violated nearly all His teachings
during the plunder. While these were not true Christians
but misguided Catholics, Muslims seem to not recognize the
distinction. (In a similar way, many Jews even today do not
see the radical distinction between the so-called "Christian"
Nazi regime and true Christianity.) Thus radical Muslims see
themselves as instruments of vengeance against "infidel
The power of religious deception
may be seen in the handwritten Arabic document found in
luggage (he was a prime organizer of the attack). Notice
these excerpts (according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram): "Everybody hates death, fears death. But only those,
the believers who know the life after death and the reward
after death, would be the ones who will be seeking death."
The paper continues: "Obey God, his messenger, and don't
fight among yourself where you become weak, and stand fast,
God will stand with those who stood fast." It then
states: "You should pray, you should fast. You should
ask God for guidance, you should ask God for help. . . . Continue
to pray throughout this night. Continue to recite the
Koran. Purify your heart and clean it from all earthly
matters. The time of fun and waste has gone. The
time of judgment has arrived. Hence we need to utilize
those few hours to ask God for forgiveness. You have
to be convinced that those few hours that are left you in
your life are very few. From there you will begin to
live the happy life, the infinite paradise. Be optimistic.
The prophet was always optimistic."
We see massive deception
in these words.
Instead of obeying Allah, he was disobeying God. Instead
of gaining forgiveness, he was heaping up more sin.
Instead of going to paradise, he would go to hell. Instead
of following a prophet of God, he was following a false prophet.
Instead of planning on murder, he should have been repenting
and pleading for mercy. Such is the way of false religion--whether
it be radical Islam, or the Watchtower Witnesses organization,
the Mormon religion, or any other false and deceptive way.
Before others self-righteously
condemn Islamic fundamentalism because of its misguided
perspective, we must
realize that all of the world religions (as well as false
Christendom) are likewise under the power of deception
they do not follow the true God, believe in the true Savior
from sin, and honor the Word of the Living God. John writes, "The whole world lies
in the power of the evil one [Satan]" (1 John 5:19).
Sixth, we live in a fallen world where
tragedy is a part of living. Since the first sin in the
Garden (Genesis 3), this world has been enslaved to corruption
(Romans 8:19-25). Natural disasters (floods, hurricanes,
volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.) and moral evil of all kinds
are part of this world of corruption. Those killed in the
World Trade Center were not necessarily more sinful than
who were in the Empire State Building or any other building
and who were unharmed by the terrorist’s designs! Yet disaster
befell them and many were killed. Jesus spoke of the collapse
of the Tower of Siloam and said that this kind of tragedy
does not mean that the victims were more sinful than others.
Rather, such events should call us to repentance for our
sin (Luke 13:1-5). Grievous deaths like this are part of
living in a sinful and fallen world. God will usher in eternal
only when the Kingdom of God is manifested.
Seventh, we can see the evils of suicide.
The perpetrators of this horrendous evil mistakenly assumed
that if they committed suicide they would be rewarded eternally.
One news article in Newsweek explains: "One who
dies a martyr for the [Muslim] faith goes directly to heaven
and enjoys its choicest rewards. But in its modern Islamist
version, martyrdom has been explained to include volunteer
suicide in battle." The article goes on to cite the example
of thousands of Iranian soldiers who "blew themselves
up in Iraqi minefields" so Iranian Muslims could reach
While Islam theoretically
sees the sin of suicide as a chief sin, radical Islam chooses
to call this
form of suicide by a different name. Terrorist suicide or
self-killing is thought to be in keeping with what some
called a sixth pillar of Islam—Jihad. This term is
Arabic, meaning "fight" or "battle." According
to The Encyclopedia Britannica, the Jihad is "a religious duty imposed on Muslims to spread Islam
by waging war." This duty may be fulfilled by waging
"war physically against unbelievers and enemies of the
Islamic faith." Mohammed said, "Fight in the cause
of God!" and, "Fight and slay The Pagans wherever
ye find them" (Koran, 2:244; 9:5). Further, "When
ye meet The Unbelievers [in fight] Smite at their necks"
(47:4). Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran declared, "The purist
joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah" (David
Lamb, The Arabs, p. 287).
The belief prevails that
if a devoted Muslim kills himself in order to defeat Islamic
foes, defend Muhammed, and promote the Muslim faith, he
be received into Allah’s Paradise and be specially blessed
in the age to come. "Those who have left their homes
. . . Or fought or been slain,--Verily, I will blot out From
them their iniquities, And admit them into Gardens With rivers
flowing beneath;--A reward from the Presence of God, and from
His Presence Is the best of rewards" (3:195; cf. 2:244;
4:95; quoted by Norman L. Geisler and Abdul Saleeb, Answering
Islam, p. 174; punctuation in the original). One Hadith
(an oral tradition of the Prophet) says: "The lowliest
of the inhabitants of paradise will be he who has eighty thousand
servants, seventy-two wives. . ." (G.J.O.Moshay, Who
is This Allah?, p. 84). Even if this is figurative, it
does show, in symbolic terms, what awaits a Muslim who dies
in a so-called Jihad (a "holy war" that
is actually a very unholy war!).
Scripture, however, says, "No murderer
has eternal life abiding in him" (1 John 3:15). The Word
of God makes no distinction between self-murder (suicide)
and murder of others. Murderers—all unrepentant murderers
of whatever sort—will be condemned to the lake of fire (Revelation
21:8). These terrorists were guilty of both suicide (self-murder)
and outright murder of thousands of people. This proves that
they did not have eternal life and would not enter eternal
life at death. Sadly, those who kill themselves will not
their earthly problems but will enter an eternity of inexpressible
horror! This speaks also to over 30,000 Americans who yearly
take their life.
Eighth, there is need for justice in this
fallen world. One extreme version of a Political Pacifism
says that governments should lay down their arms and live
in peace with their neighbors. If this were done unilaterally,
this is totally unrealistic in this sinful world. The only
nation that abides by the principles of peace is the "holy
nation" of true Christians (1 Peter 2:9) who follow
the Prince of peace, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6).
Paul the apostle shows that civil government
has been established by God to carry out the works of justice.
The civil power "does not bear the sword for nothing;
for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on
the one who practices evil" (Romans 13:4; cf. vv. 1-3;
1 Peter 2:13-14). While many earthly governments reward the
wicked and persecute the righteous, ideally they should execute justice on
evildoers. If the United States government finds those who
are responsible for this mass slaying, Scripture
says that it may work as God’s avenger to bring wrath and
punishment. This becomes problematic when the government
go beyond its borders into another country to locate those
who are guilty, and especially if innocent bystanders are
involved, but the principle at least stands for evildoers within the borders of a given country.
Ninth, the Christian must live according
to different principles. While the civil powers bear
the sword (Romans 13:4), the Christian does not use the sword
(Matthew 26:52). While the civil power is an "avenger"
and "brings wrath" on the evildoer (Romans 13:4),
the Christian is commanded not to take vengeance but to "leave
room for the wrath of God" (12:19). The Christian is
commanded, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome
evil with good" (12:21; cf. vv. 14-20). The civil authority
is basically concerned with "the punishment of evil-doers" (1
Peter 2:13-14), but the Christian is concerned with the salvation
and transformation of evil-doers and all sinners
(2 Corinthians 5:19-20). The Scriptures acknowledge the right
of the civil government (national, state, and local) to bring
sinners or criminals to justice (cf. Genesis 9:5-6; Acts
but it also teaches that the Christian will follow the Lord
in the way of love, peace and goodwill (cf. 1 Thessalonians
The backlash of this atrocity
has been seen in various places. Some hate-filled Americans
out against any who are of Near-Eastern descent or who follow
Islam. A news article noted, "In Washington, D.C.,
Muslim women have had hijab scarves snatched from
their heads. A mosque in San Francisco was splattered with
A bomb threat at a mostly Arab school in Dearborn, Mich.,
sent frightened teens running into the streets" (Fort
Worth Star Telegram). Someone attempted to murder Yemen
native, Hasson Awadh, and someone succeeded in killing another
Muslim in Arizona. American Muslim Mosques have been desecrated
and fire bombed. Only a few miles from here (in Fort Worth,
Texas), a white man stabbed two young men from Ethiopia.
True followers of Christ
Jesus must live according to different standards. While
they decry the wickedness of
the mass murder in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington,
D.C., they allow God to exercise His own vengeance in His
own time and according to His own means. True Christians
to follow the "higher path" of love, mercy, justice,
and kindness (cf. Luke 6:35-36) while acknowledging the right
of proper civil authority in exercising justice and capital
punishment on the guilty.
Tenth, God will bring absolute justice
on the Last Day. All of those who were responsible for
this tragedy may not be apprehended and executed in this
We must realistically admit this. However, all of those guilty
of this sin will one day be brought to justice—in God’s own
time. Scripture assures us that God "will render to each
person according to his deeds" (Romans 2:6). It speaks
of "the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous
judgment of God" (v. 5). It also refers to "the
day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men" (2 Peter
3:7). No one will escape God’s righteous judgment on that
Great Day of Judgment!
Let us not overlook the fact
that not only will these Muslim murderers face God in judgment,
single person who has ever lived on earth, "so that each
one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according
to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians
5:10). Let us not self-righteously condemn others while absolving
ourselves if we are still guilty of sin and have no saving
relationship with Christ. Anyone who does not believe in
and obey Him will suffer the same eternal punishment as these
Eleventh, our life is very brief and utterly
uncertain. Thousands of people arose Tuesday morning
and departed for work at the Pentagon and the World Trade
thinking that they would carry on their daily tasks and return
home for the night. They kissed their spouse good-bye, made
arrangements for an evening movie, planned to watch a ball
game, or took their children to school. They planned for
future—but there was no earthly future. They were mistaken,
tragically mistaken. Within a second’s time, some of them
were crushed and burned to death. Others died within minutes.
How wise is the instruction of Solomon: "Do not boast
about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth"
(Proverbs 27:1). James adds this counsel: "You do not
know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a
vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away" (James
These victims were alive one moment and dead
a moment later. They were making telephone calls, gathering
in meetings, taking a coffee break, talking about baseball
scores, working on the computer, delivering memos, and flirting
with other office workers. But they are now dead. How vital
it is that we take warning from this tragic incident! We may
not be killed by an exploding airplane, but we may be killed
by an automobile wreck, a massive stroke, a coronary, or some
other calamity. Are we ready to meet the Lord?
Christ’s return will not be expected either.
Jesus warned, "The coming of the Son of Man will be just
like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood
they were eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not
understand until the flood came and took them all away; so
will the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matthew 24:37-39;
Luke 17:26-27). Paul adds, "The day of the Lord will
come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying,
‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly"
(1 Thessalonians 5:2-3). Jesus said, "You also must be
ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do
not think He will" (Matthew 24:44). Would you be ready
to die if a terrorist bombed a building you were visiting
that very moment? Would you be prepared to meet the glorious
Lord if He appeared in the sky with all His angels in flaming
fire (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). Now is the time to prepare!
Twelfth, there is value in the present
time. Since we are not assured of another day, we should
use this day, this moment, in a way that is good and right.
This may be the only moment we have. Let us never do anything
that we would not want to be doing at the moment of our death
or at the moment of Christ’s return! We are not to be overly-concerned
about tomorrow (Matthew 6:33) but we are to be concerned with
how we live today. Paul writes, "Be careful how you walk
[live], not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of
your time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16).
How are you and I carrying out our responsibilities
today? Are we living as loving, kind, patient and
righteous husbands, wives, sons and daughters? Are we living
employees and employers? Are we kind and considerate neighbors
and friends? As Christians, do we remember that we are "ambassadors
for Christ" to take the message of reconciliation to
a lost world (2 Corinthians 5:20)? Do we realize that God
uses us to manifest "the sweet aroma of the knowledge
of Him in every place" (2:14)? We must use each day
as though it could be our last!
Thirteenth, we must value that which is
eternal and not temporal. In light of the current disaster,
many have recalled the symbolic account of Babylon’s overthrow
in Revelation 18. (Babylon was apparently a symbol of pagan
Rome). John uses figurative language to make his point—a point
apparently much clearer to his original readers than to us.
But notice this description: "The kings of the earth,
who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with
her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke
of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear
of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon,
the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come’"
(Revelation 18:9-10). While surely New York is not the Babylon
in this description, we can say that the "great city" of
New York does represent American splendor, luxury, material
wealth, sensuality, and pride.
Earlier we spoke of the hypocrisy of condemning
terrorism while at the same time condoning such sins as the
murder of babies (abortion); the practice of sodomy (homosexuality),
fornication, and adultery; the teaching of Godless evolution;
the gross materialism and pleasure-seeking. Some have suggested
that God is bringing judgment to bear on the United States
for such sins and for departing from an earlier belief in
the Lord God. God did not cause such sinful
action (He is not the Author of sin), but He may be using the
action to wake up America to its sin. While we may not know
the complete answer to this, we can say that everything
temporal and material will be burned up and destroyed (cf.
2 Peter 3:7-14). We need to remember Paul’s perspective: "We
look, not at the things which are seen, but at the things
which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal,
but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians
Fourteenth, the solution
to all of this evil is God’s answer. Even at this
time, people of the world are seeking for solutions to
the terrorist crisis. They
are attempting to find ways to protect themselves from harm
and to punish those who perpetrated this inhuman series
acts. One article stated, "President Bush and his senior
advisors told the nation Sunday to prepare for a new kind
of global war that could last for years, require unconventional
means and test the patience and courage of Americans and their
leaders" (Fort Worth Star Telegram). Other nations
are also discussing their own place in a coming war "against
But the underlying problem that we should
be seeing is the age-old problem of sin and human alienation
from a holy God (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:2). Only Christ Jesus
can solve this problem. The fundamental predicament is not
political and the solution is not military. The problem and
its answer are spiritual in nature. Christ
came to this world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) and He
this by dying for our sins and rising from the dead (1 Corinthians
15:3-4). Sin will remain in the human heart and any perverse
act is possible as long as people remain alienated from God
and subject to their own carnal passions. God can save a
through Christ and make him a new creation with a new character—one
of love rather than hatred, mercy rather than judgment, kindness
rather than cruelty (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:22-23).
Christ is the answer—the only answer to this present
crisis and the age-long predicament of human sin!
These are some of the points
and principles that I would like to share with you at this
time of national
and global crisis. We are living in perilous and explosive
times. This is an atrocious and evil event that has not
deeply affected Americans but people from many other countries.
Similar acts of terrorism are almost sure to happen in
future—not only in America but also around the world. Now
is not the time to react with carnal attitudes but to manifest
the character of God in Christ Jesus. Now is the time for
people who know God to allow their light to shine brightly
in a world of darkness—a darkness of terrorism, betrayal,
hatred, false religion, perversion, revenge, and cruelty.
Jesus declared, "I am the Light of the world; he who
follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the
Light of life" (John 8:12).