9/11 – May God bless our first responders
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
On September 11th, 2001 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 8 paramedics died instantly when the twin towers collapsed on them. To think, not one of them was there the moments that the horrible planes filled with innocent people hit the towers. Each one of those first responders chose to run toward trouble while the hundreds of people inside the towers were running away, fleeing for their lives. What a gift. Remarkable.
Movies have portrayed a hero as someone with super powers or the gift of flight. Not so. A hero is someone who lays down his life for his fellow man. Today, we must honor our first responders. Sadly, much is being said to denigrate police officers. This is due to a small percentage of officers who have absurdly abused their power. While that is shameful, the much larger percentage of police officers are good and honorable and doing a job most of us would be terrified to do. A first responder is anyone who runs toward danger while the rest are running from it. Jesus said there is no greater love than this.
Abraham Lincoln may have been the greatest president the United States has ever had. His legacy is in not allowing the dissolution of the union of the United States. Secession was becoming more and more likely. Lincoln closed his inaugural address with these momentous words that were nothing but strength and resolve to see these United States remain the union they were established to be.
“I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” -Abraham Lincoln, March 4th, 1861.
The mystic cords of memory that Lincoln alludes to are all of the events that have transpired to make America great. The sacrifice of countless soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to see our union established. God has made these United States to be a beacon of freedom and liberty to all countries of the world. We don’t sit as a city on hill to withhold our light, but rather we must let our light shine.
Jesus demonstrated the greatest love of all time. He went to the cross having no reason other than our own salvation to be pressed upon it. The work of the cross is complete. Our freedom in Christ now must be demonstrated by living out lives of Christ-like love to our fellow man. Remember today, the Statue Of Liberty faces outward. With great blessing comes great responsibility. We must join together to be a beacon of freedom and unity to those around us. We have to love better than anyone else. We have to show compassion to the least and to our enemies. That’s why Christ suffered as he did. This is our commission.
To close, the words of the Battle Hymn Of The Republic have caught my ear and mind. “Glory, glory hallelujah, His truth is marching on.” Today, enumerate by thanksgiving the many of those who are our first responders. If you have their numbers shoot them a text of considered gratitude. Share this with anyone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other media. We are indebted to those who go before us. It is a gift.
To God be the glory,