A decade ago I felt what every American felt.  We were in shock that our beloved nation was attacked.  Terrorists had slipped into our country of goodwill and murdered 3,000 innocent lives.

There was no open challenge.  This was not a war that was declared.  There was no honor in the actions of the evil cowards who chose a wicked road with their lives.

As a nation we immediately turned our hearts toward God.  We set aside our differences and joined in prayer and sang “God bless America” with a national resolve that I have never experience in my lifetime.  Our fellow citizens chose to rescue, comfort and resolutely respond.

Prayer meetings were springing up around the nation.  We prayed for the families of the victims.  Together we cast our care upon God and asked for success against our enemies.

Our President led our country to unleash her resources with an appropriate response.  He also stood with first responder heroes who rescued all that they could and with families who had to bury loved ones.  Faith was very much a part of our nation’s response to the 9/11 travesty.

While 3,000 perished, 6,000 escaped the twin towers that became piles of rubble.  Their lives pointed to the unity of those who fled the twin towers.  Today they treasure their lives as a gift from God.

But, in the city where the tragic event of the twin towers falling occurred, the powers that be have made a horrific decision.  They have banned the clergy from the service on 9.11.11.  Although the nation responded powerfully with a spiritual reaction toward God, those in control have decided to only let political figure speak.

Prayer will not be permitted.  Those who can bring God’s Word to a nation in need of refreshing its spiritual resolve are being kept silent.  Praying for the families of victims will be skipped.

It is too difficult for the politicians to decide which clergy to invite so they have concluded not to do anything.  It makes us all wonder how they decided which political figures should be chosen to speak.  Perhaps avoiding God matches the speakers who have no spiritual commitment.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  On the tenth anniversary of this national trial, I will change our normally scheduled sermon to speak what God has to say about facing tragedy.  I have resolved to do so.

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