September 11, 2003


The late Bishop Fulton J. Sheen once asked, “Have you ever seen anyone try to build anything down?” It would be well, I think, on this rather dreadful anniversary, to ponder this question and the events of the last two years.

I seem to have been blessed (or cursed) with the propensity to look at things as being either right or wrong, I tend to look at things as either black or white. I happen to believe that the events of 9/11/01 were the work of evil men, representatives of an evil way of life. As Victor Davis Hansen points out in the latest issue of National Review, these men, using such things as airplanes, automobiles, and explosives – things they themselves and their society are incapable of producing, took the first step in their attempt to destroy itChristian civilization, which does have the ability to produce such things. If this is allowed to continue, it is not the society that tends to build up that will be left, but the culture that is only capable of destruction, only capable of nihilism.

I hope we will use this anniversary as an opportunity to think and pray about these things. We would do well to ponder our position towards a civilization, if you can call it that, which only wishes us wiped from the face of the earth. I do not believe it is inappropriate for Christians to make these kinds of judgments. With my bent toward trying to discriminate between right and wrong, I may be accused of being mean spirited. However, I am mindful of the Bible’s continuous injunctions against those who do not try to deter others from sin, that they will suffer the same judgment, or worse, as those they do not correct. I think we, as Christians, are all called to do our best to discriminate between what is right and what is wrong. We are not called to judge people, there is another Judge who reserves that to Himself, but we are called to discriminate between the good and evil that people do.

As I have written in the past, I believe we are, since 9/11 engaged in a sort of Holy War. This is not simply a disagreement among nations with differing national interests, it is not a disagreement among Christian peoples who share the same basic view of life, as we have known in the past. It is a conflict between those of us who will build up, and those on this earth who only wish to destroy. It is a conflict between Life and death. As we remember those who died two years ago today, we would do well to ponder the deeper meaning of the events of that tragic day.

I also ask all, as if it is necessary, to spend some time in prayer for those innocent people who died 2 years ago today.

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