Message of Sept. 11 quickly tossed aside
To the Editor:
Sept. 11 has come and gone, yet the message "lest we forget" continues
to reverberate in our hearts and minds. Unfortunately, we have already
We have forgotten our creator. In the United States, a nation
built on godly principles, we have systematically eliminated the Lord from
our schools, our homes and our daily lives.
Shortly after the attacks, church attendance soared. Once people
began to feel safe and secure, complacency returned. Over and over,
people asked, "Why did God let this happen?" and "Where were we?"
Were we humble before our creator in prayer? Did we open our Bible,
ready to hear what God has already said in his word? Where were you
on Sunday? In the Lord's house, keeping your focus on Him throughout
the day; or were you home savoring that second cup of coffee, reading the
paper, planning a trip to the shopping mall?
We have conveniently for-gotten our marriage vows, ignoring how our
creator intended us to live. "Significant other" has become as commonplace
as husband and wife -- except of course in your Bible. We "forsake
all others," unless something better comes along or things don't go our
We are no longer willing to follow God's plan for marriage and family.
We want to make up our own rules. Then, we have the gall to call
it "political correctness" while we destroy the very framework of the family,
including our children.
We give little or no thought to the wonderful gift of children.
We have been given an awesome responsibility to train and raise our children,
not by the state, but by the God who has created us! We are unwilling
to sacrifice our "wants" for the needs of the small baby God has entrust-ed
to our care.
We ignore that child and the genuine need that child has to be loved,
comforted, cared for and treasured by his parents. We desire children.
We think they are cute, until we have to give up the precious commodity
of time. We bask in their love, but are murdering them (literally)
in, the name of convenience.
Many things changed after Sept. 11 - some for such a short time that
the change was hardly noticed. People spoke eloquently of "living
life to the fullest" because we don't know what tomorrow may bring.
That is true, but how much worse is it to ignore the one who gave us
life in the first place? We need to honor our commitment to our spouses
and remember that children are not to be tossed aside, but are a worthy
investment of our time, our energy and our love.
We boldly show our disregard for the God who has blessed us so abundantly,
and the direction of His word which tells us to live for Him (not for the
Our utter contempt for the family is exhibited by the ease with which
we engage in sex outside of the marriage covenant. Then, when a life
is created, we deem it "inconvenient" and dispose of it (full term or not)
as yesterday's trash.
We will never forget the events of Sept. 11. However, until we
remember our creator, and allow him to change us from within, we are as
hopelessly lost as those we seek to remember.
JOYCE A. MEYERS