This is a minor rewrite of a post I wrote four years ago on the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Twelve years ago today, I got up for work like I did back then, and was informed by my wife that we needed milk before I went in. So I ran to the convenience store around the corner. As I was walking to the back of the store I remember hearing a breaking news alert. They announced that a plane had just hit the WTC. I rushed home to tell my wife and neighbors. We then sat and watched the 2nd bldg get struck, but I had to get to work. I remember driving down I-295 when they announced that a plane had just hit the pentagon. At that point I called my boss to tell him I was going home. Terrorists had just obviously struck north and south of me and I was going home to be with my family. Before I could tell him, he told me to go home. I still remember that drive home. I feared I would never see my family again. My eyes were on the skies more than the road, waiting for a plane to come down on top of me. Our country was under attack.
The outpouring of unity in this country was amazing to me. Days trickled by. Soldiers died. Conspiracy theorists spread their rhetoric. A President left office. “Hope” and “Change” was ushered in. And where are we today?
We have forgotten.
We have forgotten where we were that day. We have forgotten about our friends and neighbors who lost loved ones or didn’t know if they had or not. We have forgotten that our homeland was attacked. We have forgotten that it could have been us.
We need to move on–that is for sure. But let’s not go in the wrong direction.
We now live in a country that it is perfectly OK for a member of Congress to shout down the President during a speech. Why not just throw shoes at him?
We now live in a country where more than ever, EVERYONE feeds off fear.
So what exactly is it that we have forgotten??
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
This is an oft-quoted section of Scripture. However, many quotes, including the one that was in my original post, leave off verse 40. I suppose it seems irrelevant, but I think it may be the most important part of Jesus’ statements. It really isn’t hard to love God or to love your neighbor(mostly), but what about after that? What about your gay neighbor? your Muslim friend? the homeless man on the corner? I mean homosexuality is a sin right? Jesus is the only way right? We seem to forget Jesus’ commands here because there are others elsewhere in Scriptures that, in our eyes, give us the right to use someone’s elses supposed shortcomings to build ourselves up. Let’s be honest…that is the only reason not to apply the above Scripture right? I think we need to try a different approach. It is timed that we looked at everyone and everything through a lens of love.
I pray today for the people of this nation, that the Hope and Change that they so obviously yearn for would come, but not through a man, but through the only one who can truly usher in the needed Hope and Change… Jesus Christ