It’s been 10 years since the Twin Towers were first struck at 8:45 a.m., and thousands lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
From CNN news timeline on 9/11/2001:
8:45 a.m. (EDT) A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire. 9:03 a.m.: A second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. Both buildings are burning.
Many of our Project Inspired readers may be too young to personally recall this tragic day, but they will always be affected by the horrific actions of those 19 terrorists from Al-Qaeda. We lost thousands of Americans as a result of the deadliest terrorist attack in history, we went to war, and our lives were changed forever. What is most shocking regarding the 10-year anniversary is that no official clergy have been invited to the Ground Zero Memorial held on September 11, 2011.
Where there is no clergy, is there no prayer? That appears to be the case, and this decision to exclude clergy (as well as first responders!!!) in order to “focus solely on the victims and their families” has created division in our nation today…a day when we should have unity.
Besides, how can we comfort victims of a tragedy like this without prayer? And for what possible reason would we exclude clergy to offer it? There’s no legal reason. Jay Sekulow from ACLJ.org, who appeared on Sean Hannity’s conservative radio show said, “There is no constitutional impediment to including prayer and clergy at this event.” Sekulow also added that by not allowing it, it could be changing the meaning of what they are commemorating. Our country is founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. To ban prayer completely seems troubling, he said.
Abraham Lincoln also reminds us to not forget God, and his famous quote from March 30, 1863 is profoundly described during his “Proclamation 97 – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer.”
“…But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
Just as it says in God’s word, we will become more and more of a godless society. This is an example that we as a country, are not allowing prayer. We are taking God out of society.
From the Holy Bible:
“You should know this …that in the last days there will be very difficult times. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” -2 Timothy 3:1-5
What are your thoughts on this? Do you find that it is appropriate or inappropriate that they are not permitting prayer?
We honor and respect those in service who helped with Ground Zero, those who rescued victims, and of course the firefighters, police officers and others who ran into the buildings to save as many lives as possible.
Leave a comment of remembrance to the fallen heroes, families affected, or say a prayer in honor of the memory of 9/11. May God bless you.
The below picture was taken after the collapse of the world Trade Center. As you can see, two pillars perfectly fell into the shape of a cross found in the rubble. A remarkable photo displaying God’s presence was captured here.