It was Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001. According to the Huffington Post, American Airlines Boeing 767, known as Flight 11, which had been hijacked about 47 minutes before, was barbarously slammed into the north tower of the New York World Trade Center. A unparalleled day of infamy in American history had begun…
It was said that on the following Sunday churches across the nation were filled to capacity with people weeping and praying. And the Lord was busy that day comforting those who mourned.
Fast forward to today…15 years after the vicious attack of evil, destruction, and wide-spread death…
Churches across America have thinned out considerably. Attendance is at an all-time low, as those who identify with any religious group has sharply declined, while those who claim to be “unaffiliated” or have “no religion in particular” have increased dramatically.
What has happened to tear down and destroy our public worship? Is it the eventual effect of 9/11/2001? Could it be the increase of terrorist attacks across America and the world?
Have we finally fallen to the desired effect of the extremists; distrusting each other, suspect and leery of our fellow man?
Oh, we say we refuse to live in fear. And some have made good on that promise. But many more look suspiciously upon one another, limiting where we go and what we do. And when out and about, there is a form of trepidation and angst in our souls.
Yes perhaps we do have to be more vigilant as some have fallen in with the derelicts and their poisionous dogma concerning radical extremism.
But what of the empty church buildings? There is this developing idea that people only need a “personal relationship” with Jesus Christ, and that it isn’t found in any particular religion or house of worship. But this isn’t what God has in mind my friends…
Dear friends, now more than ever before, we need to be praying together, meeting with fellow Christians, building one another up in the faith and hope of heaven, turning back to the God of love who controls all things.
May we not forget the supremacy of Jesus Christ! “For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is beforeall things, and in Him all things hold together.“ (Colossians 1:16-17)
Let us always keep in mind that He will never leave us nor forsake us, (Hebrews 13:5-6). Does this mean no harm will come to us by way of terrorism? It does not. God has a master plan which is in place and working as we speak, and it involves some disasters which must come to pass…
Why is that? Well to be honest, we couldn’t understand the gist of His eternal plans if we tried to!
But He has revealed to us the He loves us and that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, and are called to His purposes (Romans 8:28). If we are people of faith, let us trust in this much from our Lord…
Now is not the time to lose our way religiously. Now is not the time to declare we don’t need our brothers and sisters in faith in mutual physical fellowship. Now is not the time to empty the church buildings on Sunday.
Okay, fine. Meet in a pasture, or on a hilltop, or in a clubhouse. After all, WE are the church…it is not in or at which we choose to meet in.
Just don’t sit at home all alone reading the bible, believing we are growing closer to the Lord. How can we grow in the same measure alone as we can when we are worshipping with our brothers and sisters? We cannot! How can we worship God, giving of our means all alone? How can we take communion with our brethren when we are not with them?
Now is the time to rally around each and every believer close to us, and fight ever harder to grow even stronger in the faith which is supposed to guide our very lives!
Dear fellow believers…do not let the evils of this world develop fear or complacency within us concerning our coming together on Sundays to worship the Lord. It is God’s plan to offer up public adoration unto Him, edifying ourselves and others as well. The examples and commands for this are all through the bible; and if we are honest about it, we know this is true!
Let the corruption of this world draw us together even more so than ever before! May our faith grow stronger with any and every neferious act of the sinful. May our hope of the perfect world of heaven grow stronger with each day on this earth!
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