Meaning From Memory

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Quite a bit of comment about the tenth anniversary of 9/11 coming up this Sunday. The mixed reaction is showing how the nation is having a difficult time dealing with the emotion of the loss and the ongoing war on terror that has seen some success but shows no indication of being over. Ten years and the scars are still not healed.

The Wall Street Journal's Bret Stevens says Americans are not able "to extract meaning from memory".

Perhaps that speaks to all we have seen in the nation during the last decade. Continued cultural decline, religious stagnation, and near economic meltdown due to greed have brought us to the brink of a world none of us recognize. The future is an unknown.

Memorials have been built for the many victims. Even these have not healed the wounds. Granite and water can never return a life or bring justice. Past generations of built different memorials. The fabled "greatest generation" of World War II helped build the country and vanquished enemies. Their lives were living memorials to the suffering they endured. Their efforts gave us the freedoms and quality of life we enjoy.

What has the country learned in ten years? In many ways we have not recovered from the losses of that day. The loss of impregnable borders since our shores were breached by a cunning design that used our aviation infrastructure. The loss of invincibility. A non-nuclear, innovation averse culture knocked us backward a few steps. And then there is the loss of life. The gaping hole left in the personal lives of friends and families still bleeds. Resolution and closure is in the future.

9/11 was a wake up call for the United States. But we have not heeded the warning. Earthquakes, hurricanes, and drought have come after and we still have not heeded the summons to change our ways.

Now, more than ten years after 9/11 what should the United States learn? Through the prophet Jeremiah God, gave a warning message to the ancient people of Judah that resonates down to our day. Jeremiah’s message speaks to us today. He described unrepentant human nature. He described people and conditions that are the same as ours today.

“But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed. They do not say in their heart,  “ Let us now fear the LORD our God,  Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season.  He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Your iniquities have turned these things away,  And your sins have withheld good from you.” (Jeremiah 5:23-25)Why aren’t the answers to our big problems easily found? Jeremiah’s answer is because of sin. Because a people, our people today, do not obey and put first the law of God and the knowledge of His way.

The meaning of 9/11 lies deeper than most of us realize. We need to extract that message before it is too late. This Sunday on Beyond Today we will air a program, "America: On the Hinge of History". Watch in on WGN America at 8:30 A.M. EDT. It shows the message God wants all of us to learn and is shows the way to spiritual revival unlike any you can imagine. A true Godly revival that can turn around the country. Be sure to watch it on you cable channel or online at

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