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September 14, 2011

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

I’ve seen several articles using this anniversary of 9/11 to question the motives that drove our response to the terrorists. It’s an important thing to consider: while retaliation was justified and even demanded, it’s true that our response was at times driven by anger and not justice. But, that doesn’t mean our gut responses are always wrong.

Two days after 9/11, I was to teach a class on worldviews, but all we wanted to do was pray. So we that’s what we did, until near the end of the hour. Then I attempted to re-start class by reading a New Age quote from Shirley McLaine: “Until mankind realizes there is no evil and no good, there will be no peace.” My students nearly came unglued. “Don’t tell us there’s no evil, we just saw it!” they said.

Events like 9/11 reveal clear truths of the human condition: real evil exists, and in the face of that evil, we need help and that points us beyond ourselves to God. For, I’m John Stonestreet.


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