morning, after watching the coverage of the anniversary of a day that forever
changed our country, I received an email from a friend. A friend I love, with whom I share many
values – faith, family, community.
with whom I am on the opposite side of the aisle, whose truth differs drastically
from what I believe. A friend who loves
me although there are truths upon which we will never agree.
God bless America & United We Stand as
we remember the heroes of 9/11 and the cowardly unprovoked attack from Radical
It is true that
our country was attacked.
It is true that Americans
came together in many ways that day & the months after. It is also true that some Americans began to
draw lines – to shun & blame all Muslims as complicit in a horror planned
& played out by a small, radical segment of Islam.
Today we are
attacked from within.
Not by radicalized
followers of Islam, but by groups that claim white supremacy as a God given
right, by groups who cannot & refuse to accept difference without feeling
threatened. By groups who seek to
destroy our institutions & bring about a racially charged civil war.
By individuals radicalized
by home grown radical philosophy – individuals who attack synagogues, mosques, churches,
shopping malls – all in the quest to restore a non-existent world without color
What is it we should
take away from the roll call of names at Ground Zero?
Today was not
about those who attacked us or their motives.
anniversary of September 11th, 2001, was about remembering those
names & all the names of the first responders & ordinary citizens who
lost their lives saving people they didn’t know. People of all shades.
was about remembering what we lost & how coming together gave us the
strength to survive that loss. It was
about moments of silence & prayer.
So I prayed the
same prayer today that I sent the Lord last night during the moment of silence
prior to the Texans vs. Chiefs football game.
That in this moment, when the threat to our
democracy & our survival is as great as it was 19 years ago, the Lord will
move His people to come together & choose to follow Christ & vote for
hope rather than division & fear.