This past week we paused for a moment to remember the horrific tragedy that occurred 18 years ago. Seems like yesterday sometimes and for the family members who lost loved ones, it probably feels like the nightmare that will never end. God Bless them especially..
As firefighters were combing through the rubble, one came across a page from the Bible literally embedded in a piece of concrete from the rubble. This was the only remnant from the destruction of the twin towers that referenced the Bible. One would think it would be pretty important and may look upon it as God's response to the destruction of these buildings and the unfortunate loss of so many lives.
The scripture was from the book of Matthew. It read:
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
How interesting is that! In all this destruction, one finds a verse from the Bible which is basically telling us to not retaliate for this murder of our fellow citizens. What did we end up doing? We retaliated and an additional 6,954 souls lost their lives in the fight in the war on terrorism. We also spent almost $7.6 trillion of the country's treasure to fight these battles. Had we heeded God's word, those 6,954 would still be with us today.
Jesus continued in verse 43
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you
It would be hard to tell the families of the 2,996 we lost on this day in 2001 that we were not going to go after the perpetrators of this destruction and not bring them to justice. I understand their pain.
However, God has been letting this all play out here on earth and He has a plan. He sent His Son to help us understand it yet almost 2,000 years later we still fail to do so.
The Lord will resurrect these 2,996 who died and we will see them again. For Osama Bin laden and his crew well, I know God has a justice for them as well. We just don't understand it.
It is human to want to retaliate against those who hurt or destroy us and our loved ones. It is Divine to forgive and love those who want to see our destruction. We are children of God and we must lean on Him to carry out any retaliation on our part. Scripture says so:
For the Lord is the God of recompense, He will surely repay. Jeremiah 51
Resist the human that wants justice for what he has lost. Relinquish your kinship to the father of this world and accept the inheritance of the Father of Creation. We must become children of God and love everyone, even those that seek our destruction. In the end, God will have the last Word.
And that is the Whole Truth!
Have a wonderful rest of the week and may God bless you in your ongoing walk with Him.
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