So, I’ve found myself avoiding TV and media in general today. Mostly because I don’t want to have a cry fest and the images of 9/11 always move me to tears.
But I starting thinking, maybe avoiding the harsh reality that was 9/11 just because I don’t feel like crying today is probably not the best idea.
Why? What’s wrong with that? I strongly feel that the farther removed from the tragedy of 9/11 we are, the more forgetful we become. The more secure we feel, the more we like to pretend it never happened. Things are great. What’s there to worry about? Or the worst… we’re invincible.
I don’t want to be that naive…ever. I pray that our society as a whole wouldn’t either, but that’s not what we see on the news everyday.
Pondering these thoughts while driving back from town, led me to thoughts of the Cross. Are our problems in society simply that we are too far removed from the truth of the Cross?
Are Christians becoming too comfortable? Do we suffer from a false sense of security while sitting on our comfy pews? Have we lost the urgency to reach a lost and dying world?
The words of Paul are ringing in my ears. His sense of urgency….
“I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of His appearing and His kingdom: Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5
The words whether convenient or not punch me in the pit of my stomach. Convenience…isn’t that what our culture is all about?
Father, bring us a sense of urgency to tell people of You!
So today, while we as a nation, remember the fallen & the heroes, take a bit of time and turn back to the Cross. Remember what Christ accomplished there. Amidst the ugly tragedy, He purchased eternal life for us. We will never be able to do anything to deserve that sacrifice, but we definitely live like it. Allow yourself to get uncomfortable and think about it. Think about all the ugly of that day on Calvary. The hatred filled words from the crowd. The mangled sight of the cross. Let yourself ugly cry even if needed. But please, don’t be too far removed from the Cross.