“Does anyone remember this house…in its former splendor? How, in comparison, does it look to you now? It must seem as nothing at all! But now the Lord says: Be strong…Be strong…Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised…So do not be afraid.” Haggai 2:3-5
September 11, 2001. Devastating 911. Fear invoking. Hatred building. Sadness that often overtakes us that the human race could be so callous, and so unconcerned for the lives that ended that day. Many of us learned to hate that day. Many more learned fear. Many more will live with the sadness of losing loved ones; a hole in their hearts that can never be filled. So much has been written about September 11 to help us understand and go on.
I believe that God cried that day as He did on the day that his Son, Jesus Christ hung on the cross and bore the sins of humankind with his last breath. God watched as the Twin Towers in New York City fell. He saw the cries of terror and held his hand over those who were helping. Yes, God cares. And God promises that He will always be with us. And He is. God did not bring sin into the world, we did. We chose our destiny when we disobeyed in the Garden of Eden.
And now, we are still disobeying. The devastation of another country bombing America has not taught us a thing. We still hate each other. We still fight against each other. Look at the mass shootings that are taking place around our great country; and all for selfish reasons. Protecting self. Riots in the streets instead of following God’s Word to pray for and support our President and other leaders. Trash talking every decision made in the White House, State legislations, and city councils. Despising anyone who is not like us or doesn’t believe like we do, or….the list goes on and on.
We are no better than the ones who caused 911; we just hide behind self – righteousness and the American constitution to protect our unrighteous acts. Gays hate straights. Standers hate kneelers. Haves hate have – nots. And no matter what color your skin is, someone will hate you for it!
Where will it end? What is America? It is a melting pot of different nationalities that have all come to this great country to better their lives. Yet, somewhere along the line we decided that only those who came over on the Mayflower are deserving to live here.
God said to be strong after we are attacked. But we will never be strong if we don’t learn to pull together. “Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised…So do not be afraid.” We must follow God and get to work learning to love. We don’t have to always agree, but there is an open communication with God to pray. And in that prayer, God will lead us to love.
Be strong, America. Be strong and follow God.