I remember what I was doing 9 years ago this morning as I saw our nation under attack using airplanes loaded with people like me as missiles of death and destruction. We have since learned that these men did all of this in the name of religion. They disdain for the US and our lifestyle drove them to this.
It would be so easy to hate them and their religion, but I’m not sure Jesus would do that. Jesus looks beyond our actions to our heart which drives our actions. He would certainly try to save their soul.
Now please understand, that I believe in consequences for behavior. I do believe that anyone involved in such a despicable act must be punished even if that includes death. I do believe that they can be forgiven. I also believe the ones who need saving are the people who are duped into believing these radical and hate-filled teachings. There is still hope for them.
I will never forget the way I felt on September 11, 2001. I felt fragile and weak. I felt pain and loss. I felt pride as our nation rose to it’s feet. I will always remember, but I will also always put my hope in the Lord – the Creator and Sustainer of all.