9/11 Again; Time to Move On

Okay, call me un-American. Call me a liberal. Call me names if you must. But it is time to move on.

I wasn’t in New York or even in the United States when the World Trade Center was targeted by terrorists. I was in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. I lived in the States, but was studying across the border. Soon after I moved to Canada permanently, partly because politics in the Untied States was beginning to threaten Constitutional freedom. I had a good job offer, and I took it, and I have never returned for more than a few days at a time. I do not intend to live in the United States again.

So if someone wanted to tell me to get out of the USA if I don’t love it like my own dear mother, well, too late. I left.

Tragedy falls to everyone. Everyone. No one is exempt. Sometimes it is a manmade tragedy – the use of commercial jetliners as bombs against national symbols of power and prosperity – and sometimes it is the inexplicable nature of things – hurricanes, earthquakes, cancer, epidemics. We will all suffer loss, if we are not the victims.

The tragedy nine years ago is now tied by political opportunists to conservative Christianity and Christianity in general. (Not regarding conservative Christians like myself who are pacificists, believing that is the Way that Jesus Christ taught us by dying a painful, bloody death as a falsely-accused criminal for our salvation.) 9/11 is rapidly becoming an ethnic schism in the United States, taking its place with other hotspots of ethnic violence. “Remember, do not forget,” is the key phrase. “Hate those who did this. Keep the hate alive by making a moment of tragedy into a national warcry.”

Armenians and Turks; Serbians and Bosnians; Palestinians and Israelis. There are a thousand other ethnic conflicts fueled by “Never Forget” rhetoric. Atrocties, injustices, ugly human vitriol are the continuing result.

Time to move on; forgive, forget. God has forgiven your sins simply because you asked Him to do so, and He has put them far from you, as if they were drowned in the deepest ocean. He forgets. He always forgives. Weep over those who were lost, but weep more for the tortured souls who would take a human life to make a political point.

Jesus said, as he suffered agonies on the cross, “Forgive them, Father, they don’t know what they have done.”

Can Americans say the same thing?

17 thoughts on “9/11 Again; Time to Move On

  1. A lot of people will struggle with forgiving, but I agree it’s important, even necessary. I was just writing this week about how the day is natonally recognized with a few requirements for remembrances. Interesting thoughts.

  2. I agree with you 100% Magdalena. It’s how me and my hubby feel too.

    People are so focused on this one day / event.

    How about ‘Let us Never Forget’ the hundreds of babies that are aborted every day, the thousands of people that have died in natural disasters, the thousands of people in America and Canada who are jobless / homeless and hungry, etc.

    Life is just, well, hard and unfair at times. We don’t know what good can come of these horrible situations, but YHWH knows.

    I’m not saying to forget all those that died in 9/11. People die every day (sometimes in less than desirable ways), it’s just a fact of life.

    This is reality and whether we remember 9/11 or not isn’t going to make the deceased come back nor terrorism go away.

  3. There is far too much hate in the world as it is. I may hate what was done but I feel sadness for those who would do such a thing and those left with a heart filled with bitterness and hate.

    • I may take a month-long news and internet hiatus next September. I can’t stomach the American jingoism that goes with any military action.

  4. I couldn’t agree more. And if the elections go the way some media ppl are insinuating, next year’s observance will be even more of a circus. When I spoke on this in company, one person accused me of not being patriotic. I responded that patriotism is nothing more than national ego, and thanked them for so accusing me.

    • I am blessed to be in Canada, and rarely watch US news, but there are two replies for a Christian. The early church bishop John Chrysostom called patriotism a heresy (and got exiled for it) and Bishop N.T. Wright sums up the gospel: Jesus is Lord, Caesar is not. I stand convicted for following Jesus and not the U.S. government.

  5. I believe that there is a fine line between respectful rembrance and exploitation. I feel that America exploits 9/11. While I believe that there is nothing wrong with a moment of silence, or a heartfelt prayer for those who woke up 9 years to that day with more loved ones then they had that night, I do not think that CNN needs to rerun the morning’s news cycle like it is live tv.

    We still remember Armisist Day in the U.S. from WW I although very few realize it since it is now called Veteran’s Day.
    After next year, with the decade gone by things will start to settle down.

    On the other hand, I do not feel that the tragedy of that date gives people the right to hate on others, use the date as an excuse to burn religious materials (no matter the faith) or claim it as a right to invade another county.

    I am a veteran, a citizen and a Christian. I did not however watch any of the “tributes” on television. In fact I spent that day at a Children’s church fair and with my son at the marching band rehearsals. The greatest tribute to those who died in a misguided attempt to attack our freedoms is to continue to relish in our freedoms.

    • It was a terrible event, and we do need to remember that there were innocent lives lost, but to continue to fan the flames of hate is not a Christian teaching.

  6. Well said. Thinking of all the anger that we’ve seen over the past few weeks, I was struck by these words in a book I’m reading: “His way is…the way of love and suffering, love of enemies instead of their destruction; unconditional forgiveness instead of retaliation; readiness to suffer instead of using force; blessing for peacemakers instead of hymns of hate and revenge.”

    peace

  7. It broke my heart when the Pastor came on television to burn the muslim book. I’m not sure of the spelling so I didn’t put it. I love the Lord and it breaks my heart to hear someone slander Him. I can’t believe a pastor would lead his flock into anything but forgiveness. What he was doing was pushing americans to not even want to share the Word of God with others as we are taught to do. Yes, what was done was horrific and I am an american but before I am a child of God first and Jesus will he was bruised and beaten and without sin uttered Father forgive them for they no not what they do.

    • Yes, Le-Teisha, we are God’s first! His Kingdom is everlasting. The kingdoms of this earth will vanish and be forgotten, but His reign is forever!

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