Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sacrifice and 911

Sacrifice and 9-11

Most of us can remember where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001. I was driving to a meeting when a work colleague of mine called me and told me to turn on the radio. The news stunned me. Like the Pearl Harbor generation, Americans were dumbfounded that our nation had again been brazenly attacked without warning.

Shortly afterwards, President Bush would declare the war on terror. Seven years have passed since that fateful day. It has been a costly struggle. Thousands of American soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors have either given their lives or have been injured. Their sacrifices have kept our nation safe.

But there is an ongoing spiritual war which embraces humanity and is far more deadly. Ephesians 6:12 teaches that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Satan is the ultimate terrorist. His goal: to force spiritual darkness and bondage upon every human.

To win this war requires sacrifice too. Scripture teaches that Christ’s sacrifice has saved us from this spiritual darkness (1 John 2:2). Without it, we are outside of God’s Kingdom. While our national sacrifice is great and mounting, it does not compare to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. The good news is that sacrifice always births freedom whether it is the war on terror or the great spiritual war of good versus evil.

This year, in light of 9-11, are you willing to accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your spiritual freedom?

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