Today we remember the victims of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Vivid remembrances of the events of that fateful morning include an America that was heartbroken, in shock, disbelief, and mourning.
One of my many memories of that day is the erie silence created by the absence of incessant airline traffic over the city where I live. Today my wife and I flew 1,000 miles and travelled through the US Airways hub in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ten years ago today the airport was packed with thousands of stranded passengers who had to find alternate transportation to their destinations once US air traffic was grounded.
19 Arab terrorists led by Mohammed Atta hijacked American Airlines flights 11 and 77, and United Airlines flights 175 and 93 and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and an open field in Pennsylvania. Since that day the world as we once knew it has changed.
Global terror is common and widespread
There is a need for a Department of Homeland Security and a Transportation Security Administration
An "Arab Spring" has resulted in the revolutionary overthrows of various Arab dictators
Several of the world's economies teeter on the verge massive inflation and devaluation of their currencies, or the threat of possible financial collapse
America has a $14,000,000,000,000 + rising national debt.
Economic austerity measures have resulted in several rounds of rioting in Greece
Political unrest characterizes dozens of countries worldwide
Ongoing wars continue in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other locations around the globe
Gold sells at more than $1800 per ounce
A floundering American economy is characterized by a disastrous period of record unemployment, and a nation that has lost faith in Washington's ability to lead it into anything other than more of the same
Reviewing these past 10 years forces one to realize that the world has experienced drastic changes for the worst.
Is terrorism becoming any less of a threat? Hardly, today (09/11/2011,) a terror attack directed at NATO in Afghanistan claimed the lives of a few people and injured more than 100 others. A radical Islamist terrorist group, the Taliban, claimed responsibility for today's attack.
One haunting question remains unanswered…"If 19 Islamic radical terrorists can, by a single act of terror, bring such changes upon a nation and an entire globe…what could millions of Christians could do if they began speaking out and living out their faith in bold and uncompromising terms?"
We will be held accountable. God help us be faithful!