Today is September 11th, 2013. It has been 12 years since the attacks on the twin World Trade Center Towers in New York City.
Emotions vary greatly on this day. Some had loved ones who died in the attacks and the memories of their sudden, tragic deaths return vividly.
To others, particularly many who were very young, the day will be forgotten until it is brought to mind by newscasts or social media posts.
For still others, it stirs up hatred for those who committed these heinous acts. The problem is that this hatred is so often directed at others who were not involved. I live in a a changing neighborhood in the Chicago area and people of many diverse nationalities have moved into the area.
My neighbors look and dress very differently from me. But they have much more in common with me than those minor outward characteristics. Their children go to the same schools. They pay the same taxes. They take care of their lawns and have many of the same fears that we all have. They are friendly and are sensitive to offending us.
We have all had contact with those who are not so amiable! Perhaps you have had more negative experiences with a certain race of people than positive ones.
A word of advice…
Get out and meet people in other places!
You will find that there are many CIVILIZED people of all races and beliefs!
You will find that there are many CRIMINALS of all races and beliefs.
Most Muslims do not want to kill us! Most Christians do not want to burn the Quran!
The world's misguided answer is that we incorporate all beliefs into one blended religion to establish unity. This results is a mishmash of blended beliefs. No one who has any substantial conviction of what they believe could ever agree to unity on those terms!
But the Bible tells us as Christians what to do:
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
We are never to compromise our beliefs for the sake of unity but we are called to love our neighbor as much as it depends on us.
To hate those of other races because of the actions of some is unbiblical and in fact, nonsensical!
How can there be justice in attacking some because they are of the same race as those who offended us? The real offenders will go free while the innocent will suffer in their place!
Human nature is to pass on harm to others. They, in turn may harm innocent people of your race in retribution - and so the cycle of hatred and racism continues!
Take this day as a day to commit to love and accept everyone according to the criterion set by that great liberator...
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day livein a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character!"
Martin Luther King Jr. © 1963
THERE IS ONLY ONE RACE - THE HUMAN RACE!!!