A Lesson From 9.11

A Lesson From 9.11

by Brandon Schroeder  |  September 11, 2012

Every generation has a day that’s seared into their collective memory: December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven crew members.

And then there’s September 11, 2001. On that infamous day 19 hijackers killed nearly 3000 people when they flew planes into New York City’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania.

This morning, predictably and appropriately, Facebook is buzzing with status updates about September 11, 2001. Photos of flags, firefighters and the iconic silhouettes of the World Trade Center fill my news feed.  Millions are reflecting on where they were and what they were doing when they first heard that unbelievable news.

Eleven years ago today, the world was changed.

Let me rephrase that:

Eleven years ago today, 19 men changed the world.

A small handful of men.

Not a whole army.

They were but a few individuals who believed in a terrible and cruel cause.

Now, don’t get ahead of me—this is no tribute to these men. At best they were deranged, and at worst they were demonic. The point I’m making is simply this: a small handful of people changed the world.

Now here’s the thought that has been plaguing me all day:

In the eleven years that has elapsed since that awful tragedy, how have I changed the world for the better?

Yes, I can talk passionately about how contorted and cruel their ideology is. I can deride their demented leader and exalt our religious teachers. And I can deconstruct their philosophy and theology and defend my own.

How have I changed the world for the better?

But at the end of the day, the question remains: What positive change have I made in the world?

In another time, another generation saw their world changed. Nearly two thousand years ago now, a small handful of men “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).

These were not great men. They needed more than their own abilities, and so Jesus promised “a Helper” (John 14:16). They accomplished their feats “not by might nor by power, but by my [God’s] Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6).

Today, that same promise remains, the promise that God can use a few ordinary men and women to change the world. And oh how badly the world needs that change!

God can use a few ordinary men and women to change the world.

So, as I reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, I am again reminded of this world’s desperate need for change. And I am compelled and resolved to do my part in turning the world upside down once again.

And so I ask you:

What positive change have you made in the world?

Brandon Schroeder Webmaster
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  • David Asscherick

    Thanks Brandon, great stuff.

  • J.J.

    Thank you Brandon. I needed this. Your article is fuel to the fire.

  • Caleb Lee

    Thanks for your perspective on a few, when willing and committed to a cause, can change the world for the better. I thank you for asking the question…how have I change the world since 9-11-11. It naturally bags the question of what I have done to better this world for Jesus.

  • Waldo Frias

    That day changed my life more than anything else up to that point and today as I leave some thoughts on this page this has inspired me to think about my life and the time I waste in meaningless things. If it wasn’t for my dad losing his nice job and moving to CA, I may have never experienced going to Youth for Jesus, Laurelbrook Academy, going on mission trips, or canvassing. I did a lot as a result of that day but that thought still rises, “Have i really given myself over to the infinite God of Life as 19 terrorists gave their lives for a cause that will vanish as vapor in the great spectrum of eternity.”

  • Bridget

    Being from Africa i don’t know much about this experience personaly but i know it was a tragedy.But this really got me thinking almost everything we wake up to do everyday is for our won benefit and hardly on the positive changes we can do for other people.And that attitude should definately change especially within every Christian