On this September 11, it is appropriate to spend time in remembrance—of those who perished 14 years ago in that horrific act of terrorism against the United States of America. I think of the brave first responders—the firemen and policemen that went into the blazing Twin Towers to attempt the rescue of victims. I think of military personnel in the Pentagon that risked their lives to pull the injured out of the burning and smoke-filled building. I think of Jeff Beemer and others who rushed the hijackers and thus diverted the plane away from Washington, DC, to the field in Pennsylvania. I think of all those who lost loved ones on that day. I think of those who bear in their bodies and minds permanent scars from the tragedy.
On this September 11, I remember how we came together as a nation fourteen years ago. I remember seeing flags everywhere. I remember that churches were filled to overflowing with worshippers who had not been in church for years. Where are the flags now? Where are the worshippers who packed the churches 14 years ago? Have we forgotten the lessons that we learned that fateful day?
I just returned from a trip to my hometown in rural Illinois. I had the privilege of worshipping in one of my childhood churches. There in the front of the sanctuary was the altar table with the words carved in wood “In Remembrance of Me.” Those are Jesus’s instructions for when we come to the Communion Table. In Luke 22:19, Jesus says, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” We are to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf by His going to the cross to shed His blood so that we could have remission for our own sins and so that we can be justified before the Father.
Thus, on this anniversary of 09/11, we at the Center for Christian Statesmanship encourage everyone to remember the American heroes who gave their lives to help rescue the broken and injured. More importantly, we are to remember the One who gave His life to rescue all of us who have been broken and injured by sin and who have placed our trust in Him for our Eternal Life.
George Roller is the Ambassador of the Center for Christian Statesmanship on Capitol Hill.