Remembering 9/11 and Its Relevance for 2020

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On a day of remembrance, let’s look towards our biblical call.

Most people vividly remember where they were on the dreadful day, 19 years ago, when terrorists hijacked planes, weaponizing them as bombs to be flown into buildings. As a sophomore studying at Union University (Jackson, TN), I remember the images flashing across the TV screen as we paused our “Becoming a Global Christian” class. The professor, the students, we were all speechless as we witnessed live coverage of the second plane hitting the second tower.

In the hours, days, weeks, months, and even years after the tragedy, Americans experienced a myriad of emotions. Even still today, there is great grief and sorrow from the loss of family members, friends, and first responders of that day. For many, the motto, “We will never forget,” will live on in infamy.

As I look back during that dark time in American life, I do remember a ray of light. The ray of light I remember was that of unity among Americans from all races, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, and creeds. Americans were united in their grief and sorrow, their resolve to recover and rebuild, and in their agreement to defeat terrorism. President Bush delivered an address to the American people from the Oval Office on 9/11 where he stated,

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundation of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil—the very worst of human nature—and we responded with the best of America.

Throughout our nation’s history, there …

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