"Remembering Not To Forget!"
Now more than just another day on the calendar, September 11, 2001 is become a day that many are not soon to forget. Many suggest and encourage that this day be remembered by:
The list of suggestions goes on, and yet, in as much as we are told, encouraged, and admonished to remember... we must also REMEMBER not to forget.
Before 11 September, 2001, before there was so much fear of another Terrorist attack within the shores of America; before the "realization" that our security isn't so secure; before there were so many calling for yet another day to memorialize an American Tragedy: Before the collapse of ENRON, WORLDCOM, and others (named and to be named): Before the fear of flying, going to places of large gatherings, and security searches, and the search for Osama Bin Laden: There is God admonishing to... "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;" (Eccl:12:1)
During this time of remembrance, perhaps of greater significance is to Remember not Forget! The loss of any human life is indeed a tragic and painful experience. It matters not how the loss occurred (in ones sleep, a traffic accident, terminal illness, and the like). To that husband, wife, child, parent, friend or neighbor, the fact that there'll be an empty seat around the dinner table is painful. As painful as this may be, the loss of a human soul is even greater. To perpetually build memorials as a result of horrific occurrences, to tie yellow ribbons around the old Oak tree, and other acts born out of our emotions really do nothing to change the condition of fallen humanity.
However, to not remember that God is REAL, that HE is LOVING, MERCIFUL, COMPASSIONATE, and SPEAKING to us daily, is the greatest tragedy of all. That God has spoken a word that cannot return to Him void of its purpose; that He and He alone is the resolve for every aspect concerning man is something that we should never forget to remember.
In remembering September 11, 2001 will we view it as God speaking to His creation? Will we remember (or even acknowledge) that God is not pleased with the America that we so love? The America that leads the world in abortions, murder, teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, usury, drug use and addiction, gang violence, corporate crime, racism, etc.
Will we forget that God has some requirements? This day can be viewed as many things to so many people, it can be viewed as a day that we lost our sense of security, arrogance, self will, over indulgence, peace, or it can be viewed as a day that we realize we are fast becoming a nation that no longer Trusts in nor obey God, a Rebellious people, a thankless nation, a majoring in the minors, and minoring in the majors nation ! Home of the Brave, and the Land of the Free, perhaps, but have we become too Brave, or too free? Will we know the truth, and allow the truth to make us free? Can we "handle the Truth?"
Yes, September 11, 2001 can be and will be viewed from a panorama of prospective. As we remember what did occur, let us also look into the mirror of Truth and resolve to not forget to remember the Word of the only true and living God to a dying humanity.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2Chronicles 7:14
“That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.” Numbers 15:40
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7
they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.”
remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the
enemy." Psalm 78:42
“Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” Genesis 18:14a,
is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen
for his own inheritance.” Psalm33: 12
“Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?” Mark 8:18
Leviticus 26 (its entirety)
Let us also remember that God is nigh to heal the Land!
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name."
Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 24:7; Malachi 3:7a, 3:16)
What will you Remember... ... ...?
~Let That Marinate~
Pastor Jerome A. Rogers, Sr.